It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work

Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
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Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the authors of the New York Times best seller Rework, are back with a manifesto to combat all your modern workplace worries and fears.

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work is a direct successor to Rework, the instant best seller that showed listeners a new path to working effectively. Now Fried and Heinemeier Hansson have returned with a new strategy for the ideal company culture - what they call 'the calm company'. It is a direct attack on the chaos, anxiety and stress that plague millions of workplaces and billions of people working their day jobs.

Working to breaking point with long hours, excessive business, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honour for many people these days, when it should be a mark of stupidity. This isn’t just a problem for large organisations; individuals, contractors and solopreneurs are burning themselves out in the very same way. As the authors reveal, the answer isn’t more hours. Rather, it’s less waste and fewer things that induce distraction, always-on anxiety and stress.

It is time to stop celebrating crazy and start celebrating calm.

©2018 Jason Fried (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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Wake up call

For anyone feeling burnt out, overworked, scrambling, always busy but never feel like you’re ever getting anything done.

This is pretty much for you.

And if you’re a entrepreneur who wants a company you and the people around you can be proud of.

This is pretty much for you too.

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Enjoyable short book full of inspiration

I enjoyed all parts of this book. May be little more examples from Basecamp’s history would be welcome but the points came across well and well argued, defended.
I can recommend this book to everyone who tries to design a good human place to work for people.

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Awesome book

As the previous ones, with the stamp of 37signals, this book show you, most of all, that its possible. That is possible to respect people as you always asked, to work focused but without stress and also that people actually work better and are efficient. Very well written, and without any doubt one MUST HAVE. Thanks for this awesome time you’ve gave me

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Every business person needs to read this!

I loved reading this. The boon is thought-provoking, very relatable, and filled with clear and actionable points.

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  • SarahNRaj
  • 04-02-19

Beautiful rendition, not the normal business book

This is not your normal business book. Be prepared to have your ideas challenged and processes shook by a different way of thinking.

The concepts discussed in this book do go against the grain of normal business mantra - but stick with them and keep an open mind.

The performance of the script is easily the best I’ve heard too.

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  • Louie Christie
  • 10-25-18

People who don’t like the title of this book need to read it.

Great book. I suggest listening to it in the bath. You’ll emerge a better business person. I’ve worked many places where it was ‘always crazy’. For reasons I won’t go into here, I have some free time at the moment. So at 11am this morning I got in the bath and set this audiobook playing on my waterproof smart phone. (Waterproof is important, I once accidentally killed a MacBook Pro with drips, but that’s another story.)

I lined up a bottle of orange drink and a bottle of a trendy liquid food and I intended to only stop and leave the bath when one of these three things happened:
1. The book finished
2. My boiler ran out of hot water
3. I needed to urinate

Well, I finished the book. In one sitting except for a fifteen minute break around chapter 44 to think, and consume lunch, in the bath.

I discovered many things:
* Using the toilet next to the bath was no big deal and surprisingly I never relented and urinated in the bath.
* It takes longer than you think for a bath to get too cold. I only had to top up hot water after 2 and a half hours.
* Massive epiphanies about business.

Now it’s 5.30pm and I’m still in the bath. (After listening to the book I decided to stay in the bath and think about it a while, and come up with this review.)

Hello world, my name is Louie Christie and I am a software developer. I would like to get paid to work in a calm company like this book describes.

Suggestions please?

I can be contacted by all the usual channels, asynchronously, or you can tap out a message in morse code on the water pipe.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-19

great experience write up

I can only applaud their way of working and agree with most things. not everything will be possible, but I'll try to apply some stuff.

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  • Dr Nuno Lourenco
  • 08-27-19

Superb

One of the best books about management and the fine balance between work and life.

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  • ELA
  • 02-01-19

Good advices for any kind of business.

I really enjoyed the book.
Quick to listen to and finished in a week while commuting to work. I agree with almost all the advices. Being calm instead of crazy at work it's always a good idea.

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  • Peter J.
  • 11-05-18

much needed advice

loved it. this is a must read for those who want sustainable businesses and quality products

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  • Alex Dixon
  • 10-22-18

Enjoyable but not groundbreaking

An enjoyable bite-sized listen. Many of the chapters argue against the status quo preached in many older business and entrepreneurship type books (which seems to be the latest trend).

Although this was an easy listen, I personally didn't find it particularly engaging, and not as fulfilling as previous books written by the authors.

It was a welcomed change to hear something read in female voice.

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  • James
  • 12-02-18

best book on business I've listened to!

if only more companies followed such sensible principles. employee satisfaction and productivity would go through the roof!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-20-19

Bloody good listen

This book caused me a lot of problems at work, I wanted to immediately start implementing the things I was hearing in this book and unfortunately a regular business just isn’t ready for those changes but I made some small changes that has now made my work a lot easier and it’s all because of this book this is a great lesson for anyone that’s unhappy in their workplace

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  • Jason B
  • 06-12-19

Excellent company and excellent book

This is a really inspirational book about how all organisations should be run. Ethically and sustainable whilst making profit.

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  • Wellsh
  • 01-13-19

More companies should run like this!

Open my eyes to how a company can run profitly while being "balanced" & calm.

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  • Carl
  • 12-02-18

amazing

it's the best business book I have consumed to date, full of so many common sense examples.