- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 3rd edition (October 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 160832253X
- ISBN-13: 978-1608322534
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less (Revised 3rd edition, 2017) Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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''Sam Carpenter has brought all the main principles that will lead to success in your work and life together in one book. Some books will change your mind this book will change your life if you apply what it teaches. The author shows that our entire world operates based on systems, from nature to the human body to successful businesses.''
--Steve Burns, Amazon Top 1000 reviewer
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--GLR, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer. 5 stars
''Very vivid details captivates this reader. Well done indeed!''
--G.W., Amazon Top 500 Reviewer. 5 stars
''This book will be a life-saver. Highly recommended.''
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From the Author
There will be a mechanical adjustment in the way you see your world, and when this profound shift occurs, systems Methodology will make irrefutable sense, and your work and life will never be the same. I like to call this mini-awakening getting it, and I describe what it is and how to achieve it in Part One.
The Nutshell Premise? Your life is a collection of individual systems.
To whom is this book intended? It's for anyone who runs a business, from the founder of a brand new mom-and-pop start-up to the seasoned CEO of a multinational. At either extreme and in-between, the tenets apply uniformly because life's fundamental mechanics work the same, all the time, everywhere. This is about acquiring a better view of reality's universal simple mechanics; to viewing the machinations of your world with more precision.
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Finally, one of my team recommended THIS book. It provided a powerful framework for me to see my entire company from a 'systems' perspective where I could see each element of the company as separate - yet interconnected. I've always felt that each part of my company was connected and different anyway - but until I read this book I could never quite make sense of how to put all the pieces of the puzzle together and how to separate them so I could upgrade each piece individually. In this book, Sam recommends a clear method for a creating high level, big picture overview of your company - and then breaking it down so it's documented and systemized (and can be run by other people so you can experience freedom). I'm currently in the process of documenting all my procedures for running my company and well on the way to freedom from the day-to-day grind of 'fire killing' and confusion. I predict that within 6 months I will have at least twice as much time to do what I love - and have doubled or tripped impact and profits. THANK YOU SAM CARPENTER.
Also - I have come from a spiritually minded background and was more inclined to see things are connected than separate. This book provided a much needed alternate perspective to life and actually enhanced my more metaphysical understanding of life and the universe by allowing me to see how the whole is made up of the parts. I highly recommend you read this book and experience practical improvements in your own life and work!
Because of this book, now every time I find myself putting out a fire or reacting to a painful situation... being confronted by an unhappy customer about a ball that's been dropped... I ask, "What broken or non-existent system allowed this to happen?"
The most persuasive part of this book is the contrast between Carpenter's frenetic life before vs. the serenity after. And the efficiency.
Temperamentally, I'm not the type of person who is going to spend hours and hours perfecting logistical details and documenting things. I am a creative person, a visionary and an alchemist. But it still must be done. What that means for me is that *I* of all people need to craft the core manifestos, the guiding documents that comprise Sam Carpenter's system. Then I can see to it that the more methodical people on my team are in fact working the system.
Most business owners don't fully appreciate how many of their employees will, so to speak, mount the toilet paper roll with the front side facing back until the very end of time. Stupidly and unthinkingly. UNLESS AND UNTIL SOMEONE MAKES THEM DO IT RIGHT. Most employees will stumble and bumble through broken systems and it will never, ever occur to them to stop and fix them, let alone create new ones.
Only an enlightened owner will ever see to it that that happens. Carpenter does what so few other books had ever done, which was SELL ME on the benefits of giving this my attention.
Carpenter also expresses the proper philosophy of an engineer, which is that everything in the world is operating exactly as it was designed to operate, with 100% efficiency... so if you don't like how it's operating, change the design. What a rare attitude.
Now the question I'm asking myself is:
"What broken or non-existent system, once repaired and fully in place, will relieve me from having to suffer with my other broken and non-existent systems?"
My only gripe was that in several passages, I was forced to stop reading to find the definition of uncommon words that Sam used occasionally throughout the book but it was no more than 1% of the content of the book.
I found that kinda Ironic, Sam constantly promotes the concept of "Off-The-Street" simplicity, but the book didn't quite follow that mantra.
But I would definitely recommend this great book to anyone who seeks to understand not only business systems, but systems in general!
I will definitely be reading this book again in the near future!