- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118172051
- ISBN-13: 978-1118172056
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We live in a new age of global companies, hyper-access toinformation, and accessibility to tools that enable us to bring anyidea to life. Strangely, our workplaces are lagging behind thepromise of this open and collaborative world. Most organizationsare rule-based, top-down, dreary environments optimized forconformity and little else. The Work Revolution creates acompelling portrait of a different kind of work.
Julie Clow articulates the rules we follow today in ourworkforce, the reasons they no longer work, and what we can doinstead. The Work Revolution deconstructs the magic behindthriving, liberated organizations (such as Google) into clearprinciples that any individual, leader, and organization can adoptto create sustainable and engaging lives. This book covers:
How to completely rethink the way we work, everywhere
How to religiously seek ways to makechange easy
Concrete tactics for influencing existing organizations tochange
Tangible changes leaders can make in their teams to enablegreater autonomy and impact
Organizational culture principles that support and nurture highperformance and healthy environments, providing clear options forinstituting cultural change based on specific organizationalchallenges
Rejecting productivity Band-Aids and quick fixes, The WorkRevolution conceptualizes a completely new workplace that embracesthe always-connected reality to create organizations in which highachievers can sustainably thrive.
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PRAISE FOR THE WORK REVOLUTION
"Dr. Clow makes a good case for why we must revolutionize work.Some will resist it (and she shows why) but those who embrace it(and she shows how) will be the ones who win in a world wherethings are turning upside down. Her book provides an inside look atGoogle's culture as an example of a positively designed workplacethat has created phenomenal business success. She draws on her workthere to show that companies managed by old-school work systemscannot compete with those that understand the power of a grassrootsculture where empowerment is bottom-up rather than top-down. I amconvinced that she accurately describes the future state of thesuccessful organization."Aubrey Daniels, PhD, bestsellingauthor of OOPS!: 13 Management Practices That Waste Time and Money(and what to do instead)
"Don't fight for work-life balance; fight for a work revolution!Julie Clow's new book, The Work Revolution, lays out the new rulesfor success. Packed with self-assessments, case studies, and expertcontributions, this book shows all of us the new way toworkand livefor greater productivity and less stress.I've never had so much fun reading a book about work." kevinkruse, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller We: How toIncrease Performanceand Profits Through Full Engagement
"Looking to massively change your workplace? Julie Clow wants tochange all organizations and shows how the power to do so is inyour hands. Do your part by following the practical strategies andexamples in this book. Your current and future employees will bedeeply engaged, results-driven, and happyand so will you!"TONY BINGHAM, President and CEO, American Society forTraining & Development
"We can do it! Julie tackles today's biggestchallengeremaking our organizations for the knowledgeeconomywith pragmatic optimism. Filled with ideas andexamples, The Work Revolution is a book that will inspireindividuals and guide corporations on the critical journey ahead."TAMARA J. ERICKSON, author of What's Next, Gen X?: KeepingUp, Moving Ahead,and Getting the Career You Want
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I had the opportunity to talk with several participants and ask them what they took away from the book and presentation. Out of the legions of books, presentations, methods, and perspectives, I honestly wanted to know. I certainly had my opinion. When I read the book, I thought to myself, "Finally! Something that's sensible."
Well, I wasn't alone in my thoughts. To a person, "practical," "approachable," and "simple elegance" (dare I say "revolutionary"?) were the modifiers. But why?
It's simple -- Julie has a knack for turning kernels of organizational theory into edible bites of delicious utility. And, indeed people were hungry for more.
What's evident in her book and her presentations is that she has a passion for learning. What's refreshing is that her ideas are imminently doable. This isn't an arm-chair advice manual or some ethereal research project summarized between the bindings; but, a guide for thinking -- and acting -- differently, which is steeped in experience, knowledge, and a love for getting things done.
Clow is not afraid to tell it like it is: "Leadership classes are chockfull of information so fluffy it might as well be coming from horoscopes." Rather than settle for mediocrity, even in a large organization that may be resistant to change, Clow suggests instead that, "Even if you can't knock down the inflexible pillars of organizational bureaucracy, you can stake tiny little tents of initiative and plant grassroots ideas throughout the organization."
With a background in organizational development, a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis, and extensive experience in Learning & Development at Google, Clow articulates the following compelling new rules for the work place:
1. Impact, Not Activities
2. Energy, Not Schedules
3. Strengths, Not Job Slots
4. The Right Things, Not Everything
5. Grassroots, Not Top Down
This book is a must-read for people at all levels of all organizations, and it's language will surely provide a new way for us to talk about what really matters -- whether you run a company of 1, 100 or 100,000.
I do wonder, however, about the companies who cannot attract only Google-caliber candidates. How do the arrogantly ignorant coprolites with authority over you react when you come up with better ideas than they came up with? In many of my job situations I have been wary about repeatedly asking "Why?" because of the times I did and got fired for being a "troublemaker." (Obviously, not good fits.) Still, one can embrace Chow's vision and dream, can't one?