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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
''Better than Good to Great, the next Best Seller Business Book.''
--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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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!
Overall I enjoyed reading but he kept repeating the points in the book even towards the end. Whenever I read those points again I was like 'Yeah I get it!'. But I will recommend reading the book for Entrepreneurs and especially those who believe in the motto "Work Smarter Not Harder".
It is a simple message that after you finish reading the book you wonder how it could fill that many pages but there is plenty of other good information in and around the concept. In many cases it takes an outside perspective to actually help you see what needs to be done and make things plain. This book certainly achieved that for me.
The book is easy to read and contains plenty of examples that keep you engaged but I did feel that things were becoming a little drawn out towards the end. After I finished the book I felt that if I had simply read the conclusion I would have received most of what the rest of the book was saying. However, on reflection I think this book is one of those that you can put up on the shelf and revisit on a regular basis to help keep you on track.
Overall this book is a worthwhile read for those people running their own business who want to understand the process of constant improvement. It help open you eyes to fact that everything is a system and can therefore be taken apart, examined and improved. It can seem daunting at first glance having to do this but the book does say this should be an ongoing process that you don't have to get right on the first pass.
Again, a great business reference book to have in your reference library and revisit regularly to help you understand that things can usually be made much simpler than they appear.
The underlying premise, that nothing exists outside of cause and effect, is supported by his real world experience (and failings) as a business owner. That he was able to turn his thinking and entrenched habits around, and subsequently apply the paradigm shift to all aspects of his company operations, provides an excellent and authentic case study to support his experience.
His personal anecdotes, as well as practical examples, will provide you with powerful lessons and applications to identify where you can make an immediate and powerful difference in your own business.
I highly recommend this book.
Personally, I think he spends a bit too much time trying to convince you that systems are a good thing before getting into the meat of how to setup and manage the systems in your business, but that may be needed for someone more skeptical than I am about systems. The second section is really good at walking you through the setup of systems in your own work. I have reread this section probably about 4 times.
This book is mainly written for business owners and managers, but can be useful for anyone wanting to optimize the work they do.