- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion; 39473rd edition (March 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091929784
- ISBN-13: 978-0091929787
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,247 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rework: Change The Way You Work Forever Paperback – March 1, 2010
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From the founders of the trailblazing software company 37signals, here is a different kind of business book - one that explores a new reality. Today, anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few pounds or even free. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is now simple. That means anyone can start a business. And you can do it without working miserable 80-hour weeks or depleting your life savings. You can start it on the side while your day job provides all the cash flow you need. Forget about business plans, meetings, office space - you don't need them. With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, "Rework" is the perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs who want to get out, and artists who don't want to starve anymore will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.
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My one complaint is that there is not always justification for their claims. There is a lot of straight talk, which for me, were points well-taken. I get it. Some have said the book sounds arrogant. Well, okay. You're entitled to that opinion. But honestly, I didn't take it that way at all. I felt they were passionate about the points they made. It had a very forward tone. One thing I will mention is that perhaps some of their points needed more "proof". But the style was refreshing for me, personally. I enjoyed reading it. As a business book, it breaks all the rules. And that is precisely the point.
If you're looking for a book giving you step-by-step instructions on how to build a business -- this is not the book for you. Many who expected this were disappointed. This is not a traditional book by any standard. It's not a book that provides "how-to's". It's a book of principles. The key for the reader is being able to take their principles, evaluate them, and mold it to your individual business model with a strategy that fits. If you can't do that -- you're going to hate this book. It's not going to tell you what to do -- it's giving you fundamental principles to apply. Not all of these principles will work for every business. It would be foolish to think they would. A lot of successful companies don't follow these principles at all. Time-honored truth reveals there's more than one way to do things, and every business is different. But what I appreciate is that 37Signals found their niche in the business world, realized they had achieved something great, had something different and unique to offer -- and shared it with the business world in a style all their own. It's brave. It's bold. It's even brash, perhaps. But this book is not gospel. So don't take it as such. For me, there are pearls of wisdom here that cannot be ignored. And some of their advice is so risky, it needs to be evaluated carefully if embarked upon and applied. But if it worked for them -- in their own right, they can claim it and share it. And that's precisely the message of this book.
The book is persuasive, but don't read it blindly. Carefully consider their points and consider the possibility of applying them successfully.
In closing, do yourself a favor -- get the book. It really is worth it. But have the proper expectations.
My advice would be this: Don't start a business or organization of any kind until you have read this. Every CEO needs to read this. Every employee needs to read this. Every entrepreneur needs to read this. Do you have a job? You need to read this. Do you work? You need to read this. A first-grader could read this. Super easy. Super fast. Super information. I believe everyone needs to read this. Yes, everyone. And once you do, I bet you'll read it again.
Five stars. Well-earned.
Maybe just a personal opinion, but I don't think it's worth buying. At least take a look at a preview first - the whole book is the same format...
I've been able to apply the principles of this book to organizations ranging from nine people to organizations with thousands of people and they scale just fine given the right train of thought.
If you're someone who wants to gain some strong leadership insight and discover what it means to have an entrepreneurial spirit, this is it.
enhance the way business is run. Some of these lessons I 'sort of' had in the back of my head
for years... like why do so many meetings suck, or why certain business leaders I'd worked
closely with were 'fast decision makers' and more. I love how each chapter gives an example,
sometimes real world business example, to illustrate the point.