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Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More & Working Less -- 3rd Edition [Hardcover]

Sam Carpenter
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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group LLC; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160832253X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608322534
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.1 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book aims to convince people to change their fundamental perception of the world around them from a vision of an impenetrable, amorphous conglomeration, to one made up of individual linear systems, each of which can be improved and perfected. The reader is guided through the process of "getting" this new vision, and then through the specifics of applying it. It is simple, believable, and mechanical; not mystical or theoretical. The book shows business leaders and professionals how to achieve a positive macro result by looking at their business and work on a micro level - by analysing and refining each of the systems that are already in place. Readers will learn how to tweak this network of systems to maximise profits, create client loyalty, and develop autonomous employees. The strategies will also help individuals improve their performance and decrease the stress of being overtaxed or disorganised.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but long-winded. 5 May 2011
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I really like the idea that we can create procedures and build systems that could improve our businesses and our lives, and that was exactly the premise of this book. It is a documentation of one man's epiphany of creating various systems and procedures to improve his un-organised life and business, and this book was going to tell me how to do the same.

However, I found myself struggling to read this book through. I found that a lot of the material was repetitive and long-winded and overall didn't contribute much in terms of knowledge or insight for the time invested in reading it. Although the author makes no apologies for being repetitive in his attempt to "drill it home" I found that the book would have been better off if it was a bit more concise and to the point, a short summary at the end of each chapter or section would've earned this book another star alone. Otherwise it does seem to be one mans ramblings on the same epiphany over and over and the important points and messages seems to get lost in the fray.

I had almost given up on the rest of the book until I reached about halfway when the author decides to tell you his method of creating systems which I have found to be a particularly helpful starting point for system creation.

It is at this point I realise that the main focus of this book is "Operational Excellence" (see Discipline of Market Leaders by Treacy & Wiersema). Owing to the nature of his business is not unreasonable to see why Operational excellence would have been a great leveraged advancement for his business (and his life).

Overall there is a good selection of topics in this book and would be really helpful to anybody that feels that they need to create a more systematic way of doing things.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work the System 28 Dec 2009
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Do your days flow smoothly? Do you have plenty of time to do your work and play too? No? Then, likely your days go something like this: putting out fires all day at work, trying to keep up with family responsibilities in a very short amount of time each night, then trying to get a little sleep before the day starts all over again.

Work the System tells us that the answer isn't working harder or sleeping less. The problem is that we are looking at everything in one huge whole. We are trying to fix everything all at once but we aren't really making any real changes. No wonder we are overwhelmed.

Work the System looks at each aspect of work and life in generally as distinct systems. Each system has specific components. If these components are in working order and are properly maintained, the system works fine. However, one missing or extra cog can bring the system crashing down. The key is to find the problems and fix them. Then, you can spend your time doing other things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 20 Aug 2010
Very impressed with this book. The only reason I give it 4 stars and not 5 is that it should be half the length, the last half of the book drags on labouring the point and if I dare say so borders on waffle. Read the first half then skip to the examples in the appendices. But the strength of the book is it's immediate practicality and excellent explanation. I used it to great success in my role as Project Manager of large software teams and I've applied it equally in my personal life. I will definitely be using this knowledge ongoing. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work the System, Control YOUR Life 17 May 2009
If you are sick of clutter and need to do something about it then start with Sam Carpenter's book "Work the System".

To most small business owners, I'm sure Sam's story will sound very familiar. Too much work, not enough time, I must do this job myself because I'm the only one who knows how to do it etc. Well that can all end with the purchase of Sam's excellent book.

So how has "Work the System" helped me?

Well, I started the process off by removing the clutter from my personal life (yes, this book covers systems for you and your business). I've unsubscribed to all the many emails that I thought I wanted to read, but upon receiving them, merely opening them up, scanning them and deleting. It's only now that I realise how stupid I was. I would receive emails and look at them thinking I'll read that later, look at them again later (knowing full well that there is nothing inside the email that will interest me), but again thinking I'll read that tomorrow. The point is not only about the amount of time I spent reading the email and then deleting it, but also about the amount of time spent thinking about reading the email and deleting it. Multiply this by the insane amount of blogs I'd subscribed to (we all like receiving emails, right) and it all adds up to an embarrassing amount of wasted time. And I thought I was being productive when in fact I was being swamped. Crazy!

I've also automated my personal accounts so that everything is automatically paid instead of manually paid. I used to think that I was in control if I chose to pay the bills manually, and many times I would look at a bill and think I'll pay that tomorrow, then forget to, only to look at it again or think of it just as I'm about to drop off sleep. Now I don't think about them at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get in there.
Simple and easy and fast!
Published 14 days ago by barton d dalton I I
2.0 out of 5 stars Long-winded rhetoric, needs to be better written
The only useful content in the book could all have been condensed into one chapter. It might have been a good book if the author hadn't been so self-absorbed in telling sometimes... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars Work the System...essential reading!
I have read a whole host of books surrounding productivity, from the traditional titles such as Covey's 10 habits, to more modern offerings such as the 4 hour workweek. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul R Collyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and useful guide
Sam's tale will ring true to anyone who has set up their own business and wonders whether if business is owning them rather than other way around. Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Hamster Factor
5.0 out of 5 stars Has made a uhge difference on our view of the world!
We first encountered this book a few years ago and have applied the principles to our everyday lives. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cocoberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Work the System - Superb!
Excellent book. Quite repetitive but usefully so. Absolutely recommend this book to anybody looking for a simple (not easy) way to improve performance. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ade
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of "mechanical efficiency"
Others have their reasons for praising this book. Here are three of mine. First, Sam Carpenter describes and recommends a mind-set that is "different from the mental posture most... Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2010 by Robert Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Achieve your goals by managing your systems
Author and project engineer Sam Carpenter owns Centratel, a now-profitable telephone-answering company that spent 15 years barely surviving. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2010 by Rolf Dobelli
5.0 out of 5 stars A straight to the point book on how to be productive
Usually in productivity books all you get is some kind of theory with no real pratical example. However in this book you have the story of a real life, of a man who created his own... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Steven C
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