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Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less (Revised third edition, 4th printing, September 1, 2014) Hardcover – October 1, 2011

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Sam Carpenter has brought all the main principles that will lead to success in your work and life together in one book. Some books will change your mind this book will change your life if you apply what it teaches. The author shows that our entire world operates based on systems, from nature to the human body to successful businesses.
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''Sam Carpenter has brought all the main principles that will lead to success in your work and life together in one book. Some books will change your mind this book will change your life if you apply what it teaches. The author shows that our entire world operates based on systems, from nature to the human body to successful businesses.'' --(Steve Burns, Amazon Top 1000 reviewer)

''Better than Good to Great, the next Best Seller Business Book.'' --GLR, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer. 5 stars

''Very vivid details captivates this reader. Well done indeed!'' --G.W., Amazon Top 500 Reviewer. 5 stars

''This book will be a life-saver. Highly recommended.'' --SHA, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer. 5 stars

From the Author

Work the System's  main thrust goes beyond providing new information, although it
does that. The root purpose of Work the System is to guide you to a new
way of perceiving your life so you can gain better command of it and
therefore be better able to get what you want. 
There will be a mechanical adjustment in the way you see your world, and 
when this profound shift occurs, systems Methodology will make irrefutable 
sense, and your work and life will never be the same. I like to call this 
mini-awakening getting it, and I describe what it is and how to achieve it in Part One.
The Nutshell Premise? Your life is a collection of individual systems.
To whom is this book intended? It's for anyone who runs a business,
from the founder of a brand new mom-and-pop start-up to the seasoned
CEO of a multinational. At either extreme and in-between, the tenets
apply uniformly because life's fundamental mechanics work the same, all
the time, everywhere. This is about acquiring a better view of reality's
universal simple mechanics; to viewing the machinations of your world
with more precision.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 3rd edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160832253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608322534
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Qiang ZHOU on November 12, 2011
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If I had no high expectation of this book, I would have rated it 3 stars.

There are so many long windy stories and analogies in the book which add little value to author's points.

The book itself violates what the author promotes.
1. One does not have to spend so much time in order to "get it", if the author gives it straight.
2. Sometimes, the author scratches a topic and tell you "more later". Where is the POS attitude?
3. "intentionally" repetition does not jive with Ockham's razor that author loves so much.

Author is clearly a disciple of Steve Covey (me too) and what he said in the book are valuable and insightful. However, it is not delivered in a good package.

Author has to chisel away the unnecessary material relentlessly (not everyone will be enamored with author's incessantly reference to his own business and personal experience). Please improve the ink to information ratio!

For those uninitiated, the gist of the book is:
1. Don't work on symptoms, but work on systems generate symptom. Do not be a producer, but be a helper to make producers more effective.
2. Bias towards action. Be proactive.
3. Plan - Do - Check - Evaluate - Improve.
4. Ruthlessly organized. Things has their place, Business has their time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Perry Marshall on April 24, 2013
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I think everybody who's read a few business books has heard about "working ON your business instead of just working IN your business." However Sam Carpenter drives the point home in a way I've not seen done before. Most importantly, he shifted the questions I ask myself.

Because of this book, now every time I find myself putting out a fire or reacting to a painful situation... being confronted by an unhappy customer about a ball that's been dropped... I ask, "What broken or non-existent system allowed this to happen?"

The most persuasive part of this book is the contrast between Carpenter's frenetic life before vs. the serenity after. And the efficiency.

Temperamentally, I'm not the type of person who is going to spend hours and hours perfecting logistical details and documenting things. I am a creative person, a visionary and an alchemist. But it still must be done. What that means for me is that *I* of all people need to craft the core manifestos, the guiding documents that comprise Sam Carpenter's system. Then I can see to it that the more methodical people on my team are in fact working the system.

Most business owners don't fully appreciate how many of their employees will, so to speak, mount the toilet paper roll with the front side facing back until the very end of time. Stupidly and unthinkingly. UNLESS AND UNTIL SOMEONE MAKES THEM DO IT RIGHT. Most employees will stumble and bumble through broken systems and it will never, ever occur to them to stop and fix them, let alone create new ones.

Only an enlightened owner will ever see to it that that happens. Carpenter does what so few other books had ever done, which was SELL ME on the benefits of giving this my attention.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Mutt VINE VOICE on May 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read the first edition of this book several years ago and just finished the third edition. I don't know what Sam updated but he didn't blow the lid off of his method, like I was hoping he would. It turns out there is a very good reason for why you can't both read AND apply this book - Sam sells his methods as a separate item. I won't quote his prices but let me just say that he's making too much money training people on his method to simply give it away for free.

Have no fear - I'll help you out.

First, if you read this book you'll probably find yourself agreeing with Sam about a lot of things. He makes good points - we are too busy NOT to systematize, and systematization reduces lead time by reducing both planning and rework (plus mental costs). Sam doesn't actually say this, nor does he detail how he went from working so many hours down to do few. If I had his data leading to this conclusion, I could determine how much work he eliminated, how much he delegated, how much he automated, and how much he processes (and processing methods - cadence, synchronicity, etc).

Since I cannot judge the benefits of Sam's system based on Sam's data, I have to use and measure it myself. Fair enough, that's the point anyway, right? So the first thing I did was boil the premise of this book down to one point: processes are better when they are written down and followed than when they aren't. I don't have to agree 100% to agree that it's not a bad place to start.

With that out of the way, I was able to move past this book and get to work.

1. I wrote down every process I have to follow in my job. The list was impressively long and extremely overwhelming just to look at.

2. I mapped each process, listing every action in sequence.
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If you spend allot of time putting out fires in your day to day life and you're looking for a clear approach to escaping that hell, this book is a great way to start your road to freedom. If you are familiar with process improvement or process optimization work, then the info presented in the book would be very obvious to you. However, Sam does a good job in bringing the concept close to home (to one's day to day life)and drives you towards the key insights that could be real game changers in your life. The book is certainly worth reading and hence I certainly recommend it. My only issue with the book is the Audio Book version. The tone of the reader (I believe it's Sam himself)was a complete distraction! I have listened to several audio books and this one is by far the worst in terms of the match of the reader's tone with the subject matter. I liked the book enough to still purchase the kindle version to read it myself and discontinue the torture of the audio book! Happy reading.
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