It would be so much easier to do great work if not for lingering bureaucracies, outdated technologies, and deeply irrational rules and procedures.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.
For instance, Elizabeth's bosses wouldn't sign off on her plan to improve customer service. So she made videotapes of customers complaining about what needed fixing and posted them on YouTube. Within days, public outcry forced senior management to reverse its decision.
Hacking Work reveals powerful technological and social hacks and shows readers how to apply them to sidestep bureaucratic boundaries and busywork. It's about making the system work for you, not the other way around, so you can take control of your workload, increase your productivity, and help your company succeed-in spite of itself.
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About the Author
Walter Dixon is a winner of Audible's "#1 Editor's Choice and Customer Favorites" award. The narrator of more than 200 audiobooks, he has performed on stage in stand-up comedy, theater, and opera productions. He has also voiced animated features, vintage radio dramas, and audio tours for the Guggenheim and other museums.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was torn on whether or not to even review this book. On one hand, it could be useful as a book to help inspire and bolster someone's confidence to take more risks and to be more willing to work around problems in a business. On the other hand, it doesn't deal with concrete examples and also doesn't really make it clear how to do more fundamental changes to the infrastructure, seeming to assume that the hacks would make people so amazingly productive ti would just happen.I can't help but wonder though if businesses behave as badly as they're often portrayed why we should keep bolstering and supporting these businesses. if one is truly the vaguely defined "hacker" the authors postulate, might it not be better to break away from the companies entirely? One of the biggest problems for me is the book just feels off. It's mostly because of the writing style of the authors, which to me scream business consultants. Touchy feely, full of promise, but at the same time somehow missing that people have been doing this for a long, long time. It also falls in the the trap of being far too generalized and full of random anecdotes and hard to believe statistics. I think this could be a great book for some folks, but part of me wishes I had not picked it back up after the first time I started reading it.
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This lively book is not a manual or a how-to guide; it's a rallying cry for the community of "benevolent hackers" and an attitude adjustment for those who want to join. Bill Jensen, CEO of the Jensen Group, and Josh Klein, a skilled hacker, offer an enthusiastic spirit and an all-embracing outlook - at times to make up for being reserved about specificity, so as not to enable bad hackers - that clearly deliver their message: Courage and flexibility matter much more than technical expertise when it comes to changing oppressive work conditions. The authors walk a tightrope: They imply that you can alter software, networks and processes, but they never demonstrate how outright, and they advocate hacking only within ethical limits. Their obvious joy at circumventing restrictive or idiotic corporate practices, and their welcome conversational tone, makes this a tremendously fun read - one that will open some readers' eyes to possibilities they might not have considered. getAbstract suggests this gleeful tome to those who feel that work procedures are dampening their productivity and creativity, and to anyone who likes to tweak the nose of authority.