The Book

“Genuine, organic values must come from the ground up.”

“A company that lacks integrity will eventually lose its best employees.”

“People need to have faith and pride in what a company promises to its customers, includes in contracts, or touts in its advertising. If they know there are falsehoods or deceptions, their willingness to associate with the company diminishes. Soon they’ll be working there just for the paycheck, and be embarrassed to tell anyone.”

A new way of working has emerged at Semco of which the tell-tale signs are: hammocks where people rest during the day, Retire-a-Little Plans, the end of the head office, the abolition of control and boarding school mentality. The results: inordinate success for 20 years, practically non-existent staff turnover, and an organization that covers an enormous range of business activity, from machinery to environmental consulting, and from real estate advisory services to new business start-ups, smoothly and coherently. It’s time for a new way to work to be created, and Semco is leading the way. “The Seven Day Weekend” tells the fascinating and unlikely story of how this can be achieved

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