Expert Testimonials

"We desperately need concrete, compelling, uplifting examples of new varieties of Excellence to guide us forward. You'll find them by the bushel in Mavericks at Work. Bill Taylor and Polly LaBarre are brilliant raconteurs and analysts who more than fulfill their promise to let us be 'eyewitnesses to the future.' I didn't read this book, I devoured it."
- Tom Peters
"If Mavericks at Work had come out before I started, I could have saved my investors (and myself) $100 million-because I would have applied its lessons every day to my company. If you own a business, or want to own a business, this one's for you!"
- James J. Cramer, co-founder, and host of CNBC's "Mad Money with Jim Cramer."
"In business, as in baseball, bigger and richer doesn't always mean better and more successful. Mavericks at Work is a competitive playbook for the 21st century-an eye-opening reminder that the best way to out-perform your rivals is to out-think them. If you want to win big, you have to change the game. This book shows you how."
- Billy Beane, General Manager, Oakland A's
"We've seen the disastrous impact of business gone bad. Mavericks at Work challenges leaders to bring out the best in their companies and themselves. If you're searching for an inspiring alternative to business as usual, this is the book for you."
- Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, former U.S. Secretary of Labor
"I highlighted so many ideas that my marker ran out of ink! Mavericks at Work shows executives and entrepreneurs the power of embracing original ideas and authentic values. We practice daily what this book preaches."
- Maxine Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Bear, Build-A-Bear Workshop and co-author, The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Company with Heart
"Bill and Polly have nailed it. This is the book you need to read before your colleagues, your boss, and your competitors beat you to it. Grab Mavericks at Work now, before it's too late."
- Seth Godin, Internet entrepreneur and best-selling author
"A fast-paced book filled with challenging and surprising ideas about where business is going. Thoughtful and inspirational, Mavericks at Work is a compelling roadmap for building a great company through the commitment, collaboration, and creative energy of talented people."
- Amy Lyman, Co-Founder, Great Place to Work® Institute, Inc.
"I have never been a fan of business for the sake of business, or growth for growth's sake. But business for the sake of Purpose, growth for the sake of People, leadership for the sake of bringing more fun into the world? Now these are powerful aspirations.

"Mavericks at Work reveals to us leaders driven by these aspirations, and shows us the old rules they break, the enduring principles they never break, and the new world they are creating. If you want to become one of them you must find the time to read this book."
- Marcus Buckingham, best-selling author of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths