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Rework by Jason Fried
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Although there is some good advice in this book, the format makes it hard to remember or apply. Much of the book, especially the first half, felt like a list of platitudes and marketing speak. The second half is a bit better, though the most useful takeaways are just insights about how the company works. This book might have worked better as a memoir: stories are more memorable than lists of advice.

A few food quotes:

"Meetings are toxic"

"Marketing is not a department"

"All companies have customers. Lucky companies have fans. But the most fortunate companies have audiences.”

“Teach and you’ll form a bond you just don’t get from traditional marketing tactics. Buying people’s attention with a magazine or online banner ad is one thing. Earning their loyalty by teaching them forms a whole different connection. They’ll trust you more. They’ll respect you more. Even if they don’t use your product, they can still be your fans.”

“You’ve probably heard of Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Julia Child, Paula Deen, Rick Bayless, or Jacques Pépin. They’re great chefs, but there are a lot of great chefs out there. So why do you know these few better than others? Because they share everything they know. They put their recipes in cookbooks and show their techniques on cooking shows.”

“Culture isn’t a foosball table or trust falls. It isn’t policy. It isn’t the Christmas party or the company picnic. Those are objects and events, not culture. And it’s not a slogan, either. Culture is action, not words.”

“When everything constantly needs approval, you create a culture of nonthinkers. You create a boss-versus-worker relationship that screams, “I don’t trust you.”

“Policies are organizational scar tissue.” ( )
  brikis98 | Nov 11, 2015 |
The Internet has transformed how many businesses operate and Re-Work clearly explains how to build and run a business in this new era. However, in contrast to some Internet-era business approaches that encourage fantasy accounting and venture capital infusions until the patient is alive, the author encourages bootstrapping, building within real-world financial considerations, and being methodical.
Using examples from his company's internal technology development, the author shares ideas on using and managing a distributed workforce operating out of the normal office structure. I applaud his desire to kill the oft misused word "entrepreneur." I also appreciate the focus on building a business that creates value for the customer, not just a financial parachute for the founders.

Focus on business guides instead of plans. Business plans are based on thinking in the past about how things will be in the future. When you are in that "future" don't be constrained by the plans of the past. View it for what it is: an educated guess from the past about how things would be and what you wanted to accomplish. As things change, adjust. Don't be constrained.

Great book for rethinking the modern workplace and company.
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1 vote RhodesDavis | Aug 11, 2014 |
Simple, lean, "common sensical", fun and useful, even if you've no intention of starting your own business. ( )
1 vote Sandydog1 | Jul 26, 2014 |
A bit average and ordinary in its advice, especially if you've occasionally read the 37signals blog. Basically the book describes that its OK to be a small business, passion is required, hunt hard for good people (not just using resume), treat customers well but don't listen to everything they want, keep the product simple, ship often and early, etc. ( )
  pithos | Mar 6, 2014 |
This book is a super easy read, finished it in less then a day. It's mostly 1 or 2 page sections with a full page cartoon image per chapter. The book is written by two guys who run a very successful web company. The book is about running a business, productivity, and really just a collection of tips/maxims that have helped them be successful.
They say it isn't a "web" book, but it definitely is. Most of the maxims and ideas are more specific to someone creating a web service or company, though there are definitely plenty of tips that have value for any type of business.
I liked it because I am involved in a handful of web projects. I also liked it because it's different then normal work productivity advice and guides. Any book with a new angle helps you be reflective of your current methodology and usually results in a fresh mindset for tackling work.

If your looking for a good productivity book, and specifically if you do web related work or small business, I'd recommend this. ( )
1 vote ariahfine | Feb 6, 2014 |
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"Rework" shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

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