I think there are some great nuggets of wisdom at the start of this book, albeit mixed in amongst a lot of common sense.
My sense of disappointment comes from the narrowness of the definition of work, and the lack of consideration of work throughout society as a whole. I doubt there will be many teachers, engineers, nurses or production managers, for instance, who would gain much from reading this book, as their professions will already have high standards of self-management and procedures for correcting poor behaviour.
The world of work which this book considers seems to be a kind of general administration/business management arena, rife with opinion as to what is actually work (reminiscing the days of long business lunches?) and prime territory for the kind of showy time-wasting that the book aims to cut.
I seriously doubted the direction the book was going in when I hit the chapter on Human Resources, Personal Development, Face-to-Face meetings and Appraisals. These are often the kind of time-sapping activities that get in the way of actual work and can put the brakes on productivity, even worse on morale, as not many people enter a profession to sit having cosy chats and filling in forms.
The latter section offers advice on how to live your life outside work in too specific a way; people should be trusted to spend their extra free time in a manner which suits them, not the author.
Maybe this was the wrong book for me, but it's hard to tell from the unnamed chapters and the other reviews.