- Paperback: 148 pages
- Publisher: Game of Work; 3rd edition (September 1, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1883004039
- ISBN-13: 978-1883004033
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main premise of the author's "philosophy" is this: people play(read: work) harder during their time off than they do at their jobs. [I'm alright with this part.] The reason being, according to the author, is that nobody keeps score at work. This, of course, is patently ridiculous. Almost every company keeps score on their employees in some way and most of us enjoy 'sports' in our off-time that don't keep score.
The author was brought in to train us in his "method'. Keep in mind that we already had complex yearly reviews and most managers were selected after they had met certain criteria in personality tests. Some people may be intrigued by the author's writing but his personal style is boorish. He typically ate while he lectured and his constant reliance on record - breaking sports events as an example of what people at work should do every day not only alienated non - sports minded people but showed the second major weakness in his philosophy. Guys get paid millions of dollars for getting a hit 30% of the time - not grand slams every time they come up to bat. But that was the author's next premise - that we had to perform these types of record feats everyday. (This strategy is not restricted merely to the author, sadly, but seems to be a major strategy of most US companies.)
The author had a difficult time with me especially as most of my hobbies involve physical activities in which one does not keep score - surfing, hiking, gardening, etc.Read more ›
This book should be a must read and its companion program should be a required course at every university in the world.
After just a little research, I found hundreds of companies that have benefitted from this book and trainings by Mr. Coonradt's company, which is cleverly named, The Game of Work. He could write another book and just fill it with hundreds of pages of case studies and endorsements from thousands of workers and hundreds of managers, CEOs, VPs or "coaches."
These are folks at worldwide giants like Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola, Boeing and AT&T. They are workers and managers in your hometown and cities all over the country who started keeping score The Game of Work way and quickly found themselves much happier and excited to be at work winning.
Charles A. Coonradt is to the business world what Vince Lombardi, Phil Jackson, and John Wooden were and are to the sports world!
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What a great book for anyone that wants more out of their business. I highly recommend!Published 10 months ago by John
I use this book often. It is informative and a great resource.Published 11 months ago by Lorna Stremcha
Best book ever. Seriously. The world needs this. This book will shave decades off your learning curve, in whatever endeavor. A gift for humanity. No doubt.Published 19 months ago by C3p-BRO
The GAME OF WORK is a brilliant step-by-step manual for managing by RESULTS. Hats off to Chuck Coonradt for writing the most useful business and personal management book I've read... Read morePublished 23 months ago by D C Jones
Ignorant, juvenile, exploitive. There is literally nothing valuable in this book. Snake oil for the arrogant. If this is mandatory reading assigned by your employer, get a new job. Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by Magnatron
Absolutely a great book! Highly recommended
A must for self employed and managers or people that want to take control of their business life
It was informative but had a hard time keeping my mind on what I was reading. The knowledge is great and I would recommend it to anyone that wanted to become successful in... Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Wanda L. Goforth