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Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: The Results-Only Revolution Paperback – December 15, 2010
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-Timothy Ferriss, #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The 4-Hour Workweek"
"ROWE is a chance for everyone to learn a better way to work. It encourages people to contribute rather than just show up and grind out their days."
-Brad Anderson, CEO, Best Buy (from the Foreword)
"Now, this changes everything. Buy this book. Act on what you read."
-Cindy Froggatt, author of "Work Naked"
"This is like TiVo for your work."
"It is a fundamental shift away from 'face time' or 'chair time' to just one consideration: Did the employee get the job done?"
"The freedom, employees say, is changing their li
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The ideas in the book are important, but it suffers from an extreme case of "books must be 200 pages long". The main ideas and powerful anecdotes that accompany it are only about 75 pages of content, and the other 125 pages are relentless repetition and unnecessary expansion of simple concepts.
It's worth reading the first three chapters, then skim the rest. More importantly, apply the ideas in this book to your own life and change how you view work and time. The world would be a better place if more people approached work from the viewpoint advocated by the authors.
As a professional with 3 kids, I've struggled with negative perceptions from coworkers when I have leave at 4pm to pick up my kids, or have to work from home because one of them has a fever. This is the first book I've read that proposes a truly viable solution that benefits not just working parents, but everyone who wants to have a good job and a good personal life.
The core ideas for here are
1. Rethinking our relationship with time, and
2. Holding people accountable for results
I had my doubts about some of the proposed strategies (e.g., ALL meetings are optional? Isn't that a bit extreme?) so I interviewed one of the authors (Cali Ressler) and she had great answers. You can find the interview here: http://bit.ly/10lTlkP
The bottom line: If you care about making your company a sane, healthy, and productive place to be, read this book!
So, why only 3 stars? The concepts covered in the book could be covered in a magazine article. Most of the book felt like a rah-rah sales effort on why the results only paradigm is so amazing. I understand that some people will need a lot of pushing to get away from managing by seat warmth, but I bought the book; clearly I was already sympathetic. I ended up skimming most of it.
In my experience people who delivered stellar performance largely were exempt from external time management or detailed supervision.
Could it be that, those who have difficulty asking for liberty in their current environment have few compelling results to report?
Could it be that, those managers who have difficulty answering people who ask for liberty are themselves not stellar performers?
The discussions stirred by this book are stimulating and worth the effort.
You go to work and give everything you have – and you are treated like children who, if left unattended, will steal candy. You go to work and watch someone who isn’t very good at their job get promoted because they got in earlier and stayed later than anyone else. You go to work and sit through overlong, overstaffed meetings to talk about the next overlong, overstaffed meeting. You see talented, competent, productive people get penalised for having kids, for not being good at office politics, for being a little different.
Ditch the mindset
If any of this resonates with you, then you are by definition an employee – and the organisation you work for holds outdated beliefs about work based on assumptions that do not apply in today’s 24/7 economy. This is the message in Why Work Sucks – and how to fix it, by Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, who claim that there has to be a better way. This better way is only possible when we change our focus from hours to outcomes, when we ditch our traditional Monday through Friday, 9-5 mindset. The 40-hour work week, say the authors, is outdated and outmoded.
The authors developed a radical workplace experiment known as ROWE – Results-Only Work Environment, where you control when, where, and how long you work. As long as you meet your objectives, the way you spend your time is entirely up to you. Work is no longer a place you go to, it’s a thing you do. ROWE has no mandatory meetings or fixed schedules, you stop doing any activity that wastes time, no one criticizes you for “leaving early” or “coming in late,” and if you do your best work at midnight or on Sundays, that’s fine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As someone who absolutely does believe ultimate results are what matter---BUT is currently fully observing precisely what happens when a team isn't held accountable, left to their... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Zumpie
This book repeats the same basic things over, and over, and over, and over, and over again. It even devotes a hefty amount of print to praise itself. Read morePublished 17 months ago by VoyTech
I felt the book was a description of the Best Buy success story. In that sense i felt the need to have a broader perspective to the subject beyond BestBuy. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Andres Sanabria
This book is an eye opener for managers who always manage people based on time. Instead of time, managing by results ensures outcomes and also frees up people who can manage their... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Buyan 47
If a ROWE is in your future, being employer or employee (and I hope it is), this is the Manifesto. Before I read this book, I read, "DRIVE" by Dan Pink, as a precursor. Read morePublished 20 months ago by TCaruthers
I gave a copy to my CEO. My company is moving towards more remote work optoins, and I think the issue of "sludge" the author has pinpointed as counterproductive would be a great... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Mary Kubacki
Great, we get the idea but I bought the book to explain execution of the authors work anytime strategy. Needless to say I did not get this answer. :(Published on June 25, 2014 by Steven
One of those business books with a good idea, that gets repeated to justify printing a book. Worth a speed read.Published on May 31, 2014 by Paul
This is a great concept and it challenges the status quo. Everyone who manages needs to read this and get on board, it is crucial to the success of a lot of companies moving... Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Amazon Customer