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Remote: Office Not Required Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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“The authors review the pros and cons of telecommuting, suggest ideas to enhance efficiency, and tools to optimize output and build a collaborative spirit….easy to digest [and] useful ideas that are worth checking out.”
“Presents powerful arguments…the book is an eye opener to the endless benefits that come with remote work...a worthwhile investment of your times and money.”
"Remote is the book that 21st century business leaders have been waiting for: a paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace. If you're intrigued by extreme teleworking, but have your doubts, Remote is the place to address them. Not a day goes by that I don't think about, talk about, and actually apply the insights in this game-changing book."
--Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
"What you'll find in Remote is profound advice from guys who've succeeded in the virtual workforce arena. This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read.”
--David Allen, internationally best-selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
“Remote is the way I work and live. Now I know why. If you work in an office, you need to read this remarkable book, and change your life.”
--Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
“In the near future, everyone will work remotely, including those sitting across from you. You'll need this farsighted book to prepare for this inversion.”
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired Magazine and author of What Technology Wants
“Leave your office at the office. Lose the soul-sapping commutes. Jettison the workplace veal chambers and banish cookie-cutter corporate culture. Smart, convincing and prescriptive, Remote offers a radically more productive and satisfying office-less future, better for all (well, except commercial landlords).”
--Adam L. Penenberg, author of Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves
“Fried and Hansson show how remote working sets people free--free from drudgery and free to unleash unprecedented creativity and productivity. This workday disruption is necessary if we want to use our new digital tools to full effect. The first gift copy I buy will be for my boss!”
--James McQuivey, PhD, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and author of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation
"Just like we couldn't imagine a cell phone smaller than a toaster in the 1970’s, some companies still believe that they can't get great performance from their employees unless they show up at an office. Virtual work is the wave of the future, and Jason and David do a brilliant job of teaching best practices for both employees and employers."
--Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation
“Jason and David convincingly argue the merits of remote work, both from the perspective of manager and of worker. For the former, working remotely means more productive teams. For the latter, there is the ultimate luxury: control over one’s environment. Remote work gives you the power to craft your own life, and this book is a roadmap to get that.”
--Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success
"The decentralization of the workplace is no longer fodder for futurists, it's an everyday reality. Remote is an insight-packed playbook for thriving in the coming decade and beyond."
--Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice
“Remote shows you how to remove the final barrier to doing the work you were meant to do, with the people you were meant to do it with, in the most rewarding and profitable way possible--this book is your ticket to real freedom!”
--John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide
About the Author
JASON FRIED and DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON are the founders of 37signals, a trailblazing software company. They have been profiled in such publications as Time, Newsweek, and Wired. They're also contributors to Signals v. Noise, one the of Web's most popular blogs.
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This book highlights:
* Success is how productive you are, not location
* You can work from anywhere, anytime
* Measure success on project / task completion rather than how visible you are at the workplace.
* Have crossover times when all / most employees can attend meetings regardless of time zone.
* Work and Life are both important - not one or the other.
* Certain groups are more pre-disposed to success in working remotely - not every job can do this.
* Start small and build the program. Experiment.
* Don't let geographic location restrict you from getting the best talent possible.
* Much more.
I love this book. The world's workplaces are exploring this concept more and more to support environmental sustainability as well as procuring and maintaining the best talent possible. It is a quick read or listen and it is full of simple advice.
There is certainly a good chunk of the book dedicated to making the 'case' for remote work and if you're already bought into the idea, you probably could skim through this and not miss much.
After reading this book on my flight back from Paris, I implemented the group chat advice and I experienced a significant increase productivity, cross function communication and real human interaction.
Remote work isn't just about sitting in your home office and working in pajamas. Remote (the book) advocates a philosophy that if you hire talented adults, give them ownership and provide them with the necessary environment for them to succeed, you can build something great.
I hope this review helps
What I liked about this book is that it gave me new ideas for how remote working could function well from a number of perspectives:
- as an employee
- as an employer
- in a client/agency role
I thought it was a good balance of the why and the how, and appreciated that it also talked about some of the downsides.
This book helped me see why remote working didn't work in some of the environments I've worked in, and is helping me figure out how I can make it work in my current situation where I have clients in other cities that would like to work with me.
The most practical part of this book for me were the chapters on "How to Collaborate Remotely", "Hiring and Keeping the Best" and "Managing Remote Workers". I like the idea of the virtual watercooler and the Campfire rooms for different topics.
The illustrations were cool, too.
That being said, there's lots of goodies here. As technology has progressed, it's never been easier to work from anywhere, as long as the work you're doing lends itself to doing so. This is an argument I've had with many bosses, managers, and co-workers over the years. Jason and David do a fantastic job of explaining why the old ideas are outdated and why working remotely can, quite simply, work.
While much of the book has been covered in smaller bits in their other works (including blog posts or Jason's TED talk), this book is hyperfocused on the idea of being a remote worker and a company/manager of remote workers. If you're looking to to convince your boss to let you start working remotely, this is a must read book. <b>This book isn't for companies already doing this like 37signals, Github, or even Intel (mentioned in the book), but rather those companies that aren't utilizing a remote working strategy or those that refuse to even consider one</b>.
There will be lots of people who dismiss this book saying things like "it won't work for my team/company/employees" and those people may be right, but that doesn't mean it won't work for others. There's more than one way to work, and these guys aren't just talking about it, they're doing it.