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Fake "Work": Why People Are Working Harder than Ever But Accomplishing Less, and How to Fix the Problem

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  • Posted March 20, 2010


    Very refreshing and enlightening to have some light shed on the reality of what we do on a daily basis.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    Corporate Wake-Up Call

    The authors have captured the essence of the normal work day in most large organizations. "Fake Work" occurs everywhere, and is frequently started by intelligent, well-meaning people. But, it needs to be identified for what it is, and systematically STOPPED. Organizations are running "lean" right now, and fake work can be the last straw. I have done fake work, created it for my staff (unintentionally), and saw an organization grow so used to fake work that it forgot its purpose in the marketkplace. One or two well-placed executives, who LOVE reports, can create a perfect storm of fake work. Banking is especially susceptible to the fake work syndrome, and its roots are based in fear, confusion about regulatory requirements, cya, and rapidly changing business strategies. The more "change" going on in a company, the more "fake work" that is being done. The practical tips on how to eliminate it were a little thin, but if the reader comes away with a clear recognition of the "enemy", and is motivated to confront it, a lot of good can happen in a short amount of time. Morale will boost, productivity increase, and business goals will be met.

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  • Posted January 27, 2009

    Enlightening, Accessible, and Enjoyable.

    My Name is Tyler. I¿m an actor, and a musician. At fist glance, a title like ¿Fake Work¿, immediately brings to mind the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." <BR/>As you delve into the book you are immediately cast into a world of corporate nonsense, and Tom-Sawyer-foolery; where the things that seem so critical to being or SEEMING successful are placed under a microscope, and revealed to be a hindrance to oneself, or to whom one works for. <BR/>This book forces everyone to ask a Hamlet-esque question: Am I Doing Fake Work, or Real Work? As an Actor, I read this book without the focus of a corporate lens, and yet it still spoke to my profession as well. How many films have gone over-budget due to poor planning, or misguided alignment ¿ the cogs in the proverbial machine not all turning at once? How many millions of dollars end up on the cutting room floor? How many of us ¿ not just in our work, but in our lives ¿ do things that don¿t serve our ultimate goals?<BR/>While reading this book, I conjured the metaphor of a beehive. In a beehive none of the worker bees are micro-managed. None of them spend time ¿ or rather waste time ¿ doing things that don¿t serve the hive. Every member on every level of the hive understands its strategic relevance to the success of the hive, and they all just do their job. (and they don¿t even get paid.) <BR/>I know full-well that a metaphor like this is missing the complex intricacies of any corporation or business, but the key message to me is: Understand your job, and how it helps your company thrive. From an extra to the producer of a film - everyone plays a critical role in telling a story successfully.<BR/>I don¿t know about anyone else out there, but the story of a long, hard day of bailing hay, and plowing the fields; and coming inside to a warm home-cooked meal and a smiling wife, is a Romance to me. The story of the person sitting in front of a computer, of staying up all night or weekend, of pots upon pots of coffee to get that one document done for your company, and have it ignored ¿ is a Tragedy. <BR/>We could all use a little more family time, a little less stress, and a better economy, but this book won¿t solve that problem on its own ¿ It needs the help of dedicated workers. Read this book. Follow the Paths and just do real work.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

    Admit it, we all do "Fake Work"

    I like the great stories that wake you up to the amount of "fake work" that goes on in our organizations. The best part it makes you think about how to solve or tackle these issues that each and every one of us face.

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    Posted May 24, 2011

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