ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
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.
Make tiny decisions.
Do less. One downing not one updoing.
Don't be a whore to our customers.
Hold meetings at site of problem, not in meeting room. Invite as few as possible.
Divide problems and projects into pieces small enough to easily estimate time and effort required.
Make short lists to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Prioritize visually, with next task at top of list.
Make attainable goals.
Use tiny decisions to work ...more
Maybe it's just me, but I think that if you're gonna challenge the foundations of doing business, you gotta back it up with something more that "That's how we did it, and it worked for us".
The book makes a great case against all the elements of doing business (planning, raising capital, meeting, communication, workplace, organizing, etc.) ...more
The pattern is as follows: "Lot's of people say you can't do X. But look at us! We did X, so it is possible". For me that reads as: "Lot's of people say you shouldn't base your life's path on winning the lottery. But look at me! I won the lottery, so it is possible".
Spend your 10 euros on drugs or hookers or alcohol and have some fun in life.
The overall argument is that we should redo how we do work (hence, "rework"); Fried et al make an argument for leaner, more flexible organizations, with few of the obvious structures of the average US company ...more
Nothing in this book can be learned that can't be learned from the Signal vs. Noise blog from 37signals. That doesn't mean this book is unnecessary. On the contrary, it's handy to have a collection of business tips and anecdotes bound in one neat little volume.
This was my first business book and I think I got off pretty easy. There was a minimum of douchery ...more
To me, it's about axiomatic truths, so solid and face punching that you don't (or shouldn't) even need further proofs for accepting them as practical, natural laws in unnatural world ...more
Quite often a dilemma in business is whether to follow what you consider tried and tested approaches or do you do it your own way. Rework resets your traditional thinking and asks key questions about your business, for example, do you even need an office? Quite rightly he proposes that there is NO value in meetings and business plans and we consume large amounts of irrecoverable time dealing with them.
The lifeblood of the book is, make it easy, make it fun and make money. Cut the ego ...more
70% is comprised of useful advice that is definitely relevant to everyone, not just entrepreneurs and business owners.
20% are concepts conveniently backed by pieces of "evidence" in 37signals' history that seemingly suggest all businesses can and should be run like 37signals.
10% is what I would consider to be somewhat ...more
Really good and insightful. It's broken into chapters, each chapter has many tips. Each tip has a one page sketch for the tip which makes it super fun to read.
Recommended if you're operating a business or aspiring to.
--some great words :
1.U need less than U think-if u need a big office,how to share office space?..work from home for while.
2.Inspiration is a fresh fruit on a milk, doesn't have expiration date.and ideas are model, its lost forever,doesn't lost forever is inspiration.
3.Interruption is the enemy of the productivity.
Great businesses have a point of view, not just a product or service. You have to believe in something. You need to have a backbone. You need to know what you’re willing to fight for. And then you need to show the ...more
I don't think there is just one road to success. This book points that out, but then on the other hand, they were leading the charge down their chosen road. It felt like opposing views, but I liked that they pointed that out. Some of this sounded like common sense, and some of it was cautionary. So 4 stars. ...more
Reading "Rework" can be great motivator for starting work smarter (rather than harder), seeking long-term sustainable business (rather than achieving better financial results for the current quarter) and really ...more
I’ve been lucky in finding a few great people on the web who have said this is bullshit. And I’ve been lucky enough to sit back and look at what I’ve been doing and tell myself it’s all bullshit. I have everything I need to make something TODAY.
Unless, I happened to be on ...more
You will not be a big hit right away. You will not get rich quick. You are not so special that everyone will instantly pay attention. No one cares about you. At least not yet. Get used to it...Trade the dream of overnight success for slow, measured growth. It's hard, but you have to be patient. You have to grind it out. "
Full of sassy and cut-the-crap-&-do-real-work advises , Rework is a must read for entrepreneurs (or as the book says, starters ).
This book is for whoever wants to start a business and people who already running a business. It is quite different from other business management books.
This book is written by David ...more
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