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Posted May 8, 2013
I have to admit: when I first got this book I thought it was yet
I have to admit: when I first got this book I thought it was yet another vanity book project by a powerful egomaniacal Silicon Valley bigshot promising to solve all of the World’s problems by recasting them in the mold of his own special insight. I’ve read several such books and have even bought into the hype of some of them. They were full of grand proclamations and even grander visions of the future, but most of them left any crucial nitty-gritty steps out and did not really connect with the majority of the ordinary workers hoping to further their own careers. However, I was in for a big pleasant surprise. “Rebooting Work” is a succinct and to-the-point case for the emerging world of entrepreneurial approach to the individual careers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Maynard Webb is a well-known figure in Silicon Valley circles. He has helped reinvigorate eBay’s technological backbone and push it into the stable and sophisticated online trading platform that it has become. In “Rebooting Work” he tries to distill decades of experience working in the high-tech sector, mentoring workers and colleagues, and helping launch a new online working platform in LiveOps. The book tries to instill the entrepreneurial mentality in all workers; regardless of what work environment you might find yourself in right now. The goal, in the words of this book, is to become a “CEO of your own career.” The book presents a simple four-square grid of four different types of career situations, and tries to help you to the successful entrepreneurial square.
One of the big points of the book is that the recent developments in technology, especially the wide penetration of fast internet, are finally making it possible for a vast majority of workers to work virtually from anywhere. I am afraid that this is still more of a desideratum than an actual reflection of the state of marketplace for work. However, just a few years ago I would have also thought that a book like this one is unrealistic in its expectations. Today I am much more cautiously optimistic. “Rebooting Work” presents the reader with the vision of work in the 21st century as it should be. I sincerely hope that it does become a fully functioning reality before too long.
**** What could have made this book even better. ****
I would have like more concrete examples of various careers options and steps in building them from scratch online. This would also include a proper assessment of various career tools and skills, and ways of acquiring them. In particular I would have liked a better advice of how marketable various skills are and will be in the upcoming years.
This book is a great resource, motivator, and a mindset builder for the kind of work world that will (hopefully) emerge in the upcoming years. It’s very to the point and largely devoid of hype and overselling of the case that it’s making. However, you should still be prepared to do most of the footwork on your own and be able to avail of various online and offline resources that are out there.
Posted February 26, 2013
Great way to look at the future of jobs
Easy to read, great information demonstrating how technology can really change the way we work for the better. Offering options to have more free time while making great money. Caution-you must be self motivated to be successful with this strategy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2013
In this book, Maynard Webb argues compellingly that the world of
In this book, Maynard Webb argues compellingly that the world of work is changing, and changing very quickly. Mr. Webb's Four Frameworks provide a great foundation on which he examines how technology and the rapid pace of innovation are impacting the nature of work. I agree with Mr. Webb that the one is happiest when he or she is CEO of your their destiny, and he provides great advice on how to get there!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 30, 2013
Rebooting Work takes a fresh approach to looking at 'how we work
Rebooting Work takes a fresh approach to looking at 'how we work' in a new way. the book offers inspiring tools and words of wisdom through stories--stories that motivate and move you to understand the breadth of what work means in our 3.0 world. As an entrepreneur, I found that the book presents a strong case and thought provoking toolkit for being the CEO of your own destiny (addressing the challenges and in-static nature of reaching--and pushing the envelop--to keep achieving your personal and professional goals).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Maynard's framework is well thought out and explained in a way that makes sense--I appreciate that we can float between different frames throughout life and be strategic about getting back to where you want to be--and stay there (frame 1--the CEO of my own destiny!) This book also presents a historical case--looking at how work and technology have changed over the past two centuries--and how work has unfortunately taken a slower and less innovative route.
This book has inspired me to keep pushing--both push my own limits and also utilize the technological tools we now have, to be happier, more efficient, and more successful. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a pick me up, inspiration, and words of wisdom through an unconventional rags to riches story--that pushes you to be your best and disturb the norm.
Posted January 29, 2013
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in this ca
They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in this case I did and it paid off.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book was well designed throughout. I liked the structure, which address four places you can be in your career and it gives clear examples of people who have made changes to make their careers better and it also gives solid advice to help people get to where they are meant to be. (The authors call it Frame 2 or CEO of your Own Destiny, which just means being in charge of your work and life.) I’m at a crossroads in my career personally, having just gone back to school to pursue my lifelong passion—photography—and this book helped not only validate that I made the right choice, but this is the wave of work that everyone will be riding in the future. It not only shows how freelancing (which was once thought of as) a risky option, isn't. Instead, its the safer one, and that most of us will serve under multiple employers at the same time, not just one. There were also a lot of concrete tips on how to be more successful and a lot of good explanations on how to use some emerging technologies. I like how the authors talk about the value of meritocracy instead of entitlement and the comparisons to professional sports made it make sense.
I think it's pretty cool that Jed York, the CEO of the San Francisco 49ers, endorsed the book on the front flap. While I may be a lifelong die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, maybe Jeff Lurie (the owner of the Eagles) will buy a copy and apply some of these techniques to help the Eagles achieve Super Bowl glory as well (chances are slim, bc we're the Eagles but heck, nothing else has worked. I bet Maynard's book helps). BIG fan of this book.
Posted January 29, 2013
There¿s been a lot of press about this book and the changing wor
There’s been a lot of press about this book and the changing world of work so I wanted to see what it was all about. This book is good for someone who is a freelancer and his or her own boss or for someone who works at a company, but who wants to be more in charge of his or her own career. (Rather than putting that responsibility on someone else, like a boss to decide your career path.) The book has a “framework” that defines four different kinds of workers: The company man, the CEO of your destiny, the disenchanted worker, and the aspiring entrepreneur. The authors tell you how to move out of a frame that is not working and how anyone can be “CEO of your own destiny” so that you can have more fulfillment and happiness in your work and your life. One thing that I thought was really interesting is the idea that everyone has to be really entrepreneurial. The days of “paternalistic” companies that gave you benefits and jobs for life are over. But instead of making that lack of job security something to be afraid about the authors show how it is really a good thing and how much we can really accomplish by following our own career dreams and carving our own path. There are worksheets in the book designed to help you find what you really want to do as well as outline the action plan to get there. I found them easy to use and helpful. Fast read and inspirational book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2013
I am currently in graduate school and have been thinking a lot a
I am currently in graduate school and have been thinking a lot about my future career options. Rebooting Work is a helpful and thought-provoking read that can help one focus on what goes into making work exciting, fulfilling, and compatible with a healthy and balanced life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2013
"Aside from the benefits that companies can unlock with new
"Aside from the benefits that companies can unlock with new methods of working, and the increased peace and fulfillment those methods can bring individuals, there's additional room and reason for change: the environment."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Any organizational theory junkie should snatch up this book immediately, but so too should those of us who are looking at the intersections of working smarter and working greener...which, y'know, should be all of us.
A most engaging read with stimulating anecdotes, big-picture thinking and on-the-ground solutions, this text is a great road-map as we all move forward as organizations, companies, and most importantly, individuals.
Posted January 29, 2013
As a turnaround specialist, I was interested in what this book h
As a turnaround specialist, I was interested in what this book had to say about dealing with operational challenges. The book is well written and has keen insights on how to address and resolve issues. I enjoyed the examples from eBay and other companies and I liked how the book included new technologies and specific new thinking (managing people differently than the old way of working 100 years ago) that can boost company productivity and at the same time make employees more satisfied at work. I appreciate that you can put many of these ideas into practice while still staying true to a company’s core valuesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2013
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