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It would be so much easier to do great work if not for lingering bureaucracies, outdated technologies, and deeply irrational rules and procedures. These things are killing us. Frustrating? Hell, yes. But take heart - there’s an army of heroes coming to the rescue. Today’s top performers are taking matters into their own hands: bypassing sacred structures, using forbidden tools, and ignoring silly corporate edicts. In other words, they are hacking work to increase their efficiency and job satisfaction.
Consultant Bill Jensen teamed up with hacker Josh Klein to expose the cheat codes that enable people to work smarter instead of harder. Once employees learn how to hack their work, they accomplish more in less time. They cut through red tape and circumvent stupid rules. It’s about making the system work for you, so you can take control of your workload, increase your productivity, and help your company succeed - in spite of itself.
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By Amazon Customer on 10-10-10
Far too much time, over half the book, is spent explaining why one needs to hack work and giving a pep talk to encourage the reader to be OK with the concept of "it's easier to ask forgiveness, not permission" instead of actually giving ideas for and examples of hacks. The hacks themselves are quite banal and generic, geared more towards non-technical manager types, such as "use Google Docs instead of the company document management system". From the title, I was expecting more of a book-length version of the Lifehacker blog - and I think the book would have benefitted more from the Lifehacker-style technical depth. Instead the book is geared more towards folks who find the Lifehacker style daunting.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Shawn on 10-25-10
Summarized in one sentence
Break the "rules" to enable you to be more productive.
This isn't a handbook, but rather anecdotal stories of how bypassing the rules and regulations to be more productive have helped others. If you are looking for the hows/whys/tips/techniques you'll find it lacking.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful