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Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It  By  cover art

Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It

By: Cali Ressler,Jody Thompson
Narrated by: Barry Dean Evans
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In a Results-Only workplace, employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. No more pointless meetings, racing to get in at 9:00, or begging for permission to watch your kid play soccer. You make the decisions about what you do and where you do it.

It sounds like a fantasy, but Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson are leading a movement to make it a reality, even implementing it successfully at best buy. They show how a Results-Only Work Environment™ not only makes employees happier, but also delivers better results.

Filled with passion and common sense, their book will change the way you think about your job, your company, and your quality of life.

©2008, 2011 Thompson & Ressler, LLC (P)2015 CultureRx, LLC

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Possibly the worst read in the last decade

This book is arguably the most overrated rubbish I have ever had the misfortune of reading. This is a classic case of the authors not having very much to say at all so they drone on and on rehashing the same storyline chapter for chapter. There is nothing insightful, nothing meaningful and nothing worthwhile about this book. Possibly the worst investment in reading material I have made in a very long time.

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A Long Pitch

The company I run switched to ROWE in the last 2 years, so I was very eager to find answers to some hard questions, however, like a sales pitch, the book repeats again and again how good ROWE and individual freedom are without addressing the difficulties. The examples and stories are caricatural with mature experienced individuals oppressed by egocentric power-hungry managers.

Important topics like:
- how to objectively set measurable results in a large backlog scenario
- how to fairly decide the workload expected of each team member
- how to run ROWE in a fast-scaling team/company
- how ROWE applies to entry-level hires
- how to protect the company and team against potential slackers
- how to make sure chasing results doesn't result in overworking (which does happen)
are not touched at all.

It's slightly disappointing that the book apparently speaks in a revolutionary tone only to employees to convince them to demand ROWE, but not to managers who could actually be convinced to implement it.

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Ideas with little data

There is very little data used to support the arguments in this book. Their case study, Best Buy, has abandoned ROWE which you can Google to see why. The arguments about the work environment sucking may apply somewhere, but I've never worked at a place like that. Essentially this book is "treat everyone like a contractor" where you give them a project or result and don't care about how or when it gets done. It seems great in the short term, but it overlooks innovation in the long term which is what looks like happened to Best Buy.

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Revolutionary!

This approach to work is very unorthodox but can be extremely effective, worth a try!

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Haven't finished yet, but they skipped a section.

I haven't finished listening yet, but they skipped the section better Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.

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Nothing new to me

While many of these ideas are awesome, I didn't find them new. Perhaps that is because I have worked in companies that avoided politics and hiring people who are not focused on results.

For people who are in larger slower or more traditional companies, this book would be insightful.

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  • 06-14-22

Starts like an American TV advert …

Content might be good, but the horrible start put me off .., or how not to start an audiobook.

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  • 04-29-19

Great concept, too many repeated points

I love the concept of the ROWE but felt that once it had been explained, too much time was spent on repeating the benefits.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-19-21

poor

assumes everyone hates their job which is bunk. loads of repetition and frankly painful to listen to.

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  • Joanna Thoo
  • 11-16-18

Inspirational

Apparently it's possible that work can be a place where you're treated as an adult!

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  • Steve
  • 09-03-15

a great concept but

a great concept and some interesting and provocative thinking. just a shame they keep repeating the same thing over and over which makes the audiobook twice as long as it needs to be

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