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It doesn't have to be crazy at work / Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
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It does not have to be crazy at work
First edition.
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New York : HarperBusiness, [2018]
Physical Description:
231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
First -- Curb your ambition -- Defend your time -- Feed your culture -- Dissect your process -- Mind your business -- Last.


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In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times bestseller Rework broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today.

In Rework, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson introduced a new path to working effectively. Now, they build on their message with a bold, iconoclastic strategy for creating the ideal company culture--what they call "the calm company." Their approach directly attack the chaos, anxiety, and stress that plagues millions of workplaces and hampers billions of workers every day.

Long hours, an excessive workload, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honor for modern professionals. But it should be a mark of stupidity, the authors argue. Sadly, this isn't just a problem for large organizations--individuals, contractors, and solopreneurs are burning themselves out the same way. The answer to better productivity isn't more hours--it's less waste and fewer things that induce distraction and persistent stress.

It's time to stop celebrating Crazy, and start celebrating Calm, Fried and Hansson assert.

Fried and Hansson have the proof to back up their argument. "Calm" has been the cornerstone of their company's culture since Basecamp began twenty years ago. Destined to become the management guide for the next generation, It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work is a practical and inspiring distillation of their insights and experiences. It isn't a book telling you what to do. It's a book showing you what they've done--and how any manager or executive no matter the industry or size of the company, can do it too.

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Library Journal Review

Most modern workplaces are chaotic and detrimental, argue Fried and Hansson (Rework; Remote). Happily, there's an alternative. In this guide, they share what has worked for their software company, Basecamp: namely, the concept of "Calm." "Calm is reasonable expectations.. Calm is about 40 hours of work a week." The authors dole out advice on fostering a healthy environment, from getting rid of the shared work calendar to allowing workers to go entirely off the grid when on vacation. They also suggest offering benefits such as paid sabbaticals, free gym memberships, and continuing education-options that help employees, not employers. VERDICT Anyone running small but successful businesses, especially those who care more about employees' welfare than the bottom line, may appreciate Fried and -Hansson's practical, plainspoken advice.--Melissa -Lockaby, Univ. of North Georgia Libs., Dahlonega © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

It's crazy at workp. 3
A quick bit about usp. 8
Your company is a productp. 9
Curb Your Ambition
Bury the hustlep. 17
Happy pacifistsp. 20
Our goal: No goalsp. 23
Don't change the worldp. 30
Make it up as you gop. 32
Comfy's coolp. 34
Defend Your Time
8's enough, 40's plentyp. 41
Protectionismp. 43
The quality of an hourp. 46
Effective > Productivep. 50
The outwork mythp. 52
Work doesn't happen at workp. 54
Office hoursp. 56
Calendar Tetrisp. 62
The presence prisonp. 65
I'll get back to you wheneverp. 67
Fomo? Jomo!p. 70
Feed Your Culture
We're not familyp. 77
They'll do as you dop. 79
The trust batteryp. 81
Don't be the last to knowp. 84
The owner's word weighs a tonp. 88
Low-hanging fruit can still be out of reachp. 90
Don't cheat sleepp. 93
Out of whackp. 96
Hire the work, not the résumép. 100
Nobody hits the ground runningp. 104
Ignore the talent warp. 106
Don't negotiate salariesp. 108
Benefits who?p. 116
Library rulesp. 119
No fakecationsp. 122
Calm goodbyesp. 125
Dissect Your Process
The wrong time for real-timep. 133
Dreadlinesp. 136
Don't be a knee-jerkp. 139
Watch out for 12-day weeksp. 141
The new normalp. 146
Bad habits beat good intentionsp. 148
Independenciesp. 150
Commitment, not consensusp. 152
Compromise on qualityp. 155
Narrow as you gop. 157
Why not nothing?p. 159
It's enoughp. 161
Worst practicesp. 164
Whatever it doesn't takep. 170
Have less to dop. 172
Three's companyp. 174
Stick with itp. 176
Know nop. 178
Mind Your Business
Risk without putting yourself at riskp. 185
Season's greetingsp. 187
Calm's in the blackp. 189
Priced to losep. 194
Launch and learnp. 197
Promise not to promisep. 200
Copycatsp. 204
Change controlp. 207
Startups are easy, stayups are hardp. 210
No big deal or the end of the world?p. 214
The good old daysp. 216
Choose calmp. 223
Bibliographyp. 228
Resourcesp. 231