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Maverick!: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace
Maverick!: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace
by Ricardo Semler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent book! Very well written!, 15 Feb. 2015
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The business ideas have been shaped by a collection of writings spread as truths by MBAs and presentations in the last decades.
More recently, some authors (particularly people who did things and actually managed companies) have presented a new way of doing things; a new way to lead people; a new way to run businesses.
Maverick is a great book that will show you a different way. One which defies the long standing truths: about management, power and motivation.
On top of this te book is very well written. Sometimes you read a novel and once you begin you can't put the book down. With a business book that's rare... This is one of those cases

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
by Tony Hsieh
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Zappos culture rocks!, 20 Nov. 2011
In the beginning you find it strange, in the end you can't be estranged from it.
It's not an ordinary book. And the author is not an ordinary man.
I didn't know much about Tony Hsieh when I bought the book. I'd seen an interview and thought it might be interesting to read what he had to say. From the interview and the sound bytes I'd heard, I thought Tony was the kind of successful guy that always gets it right. With "Delivering Happiness" you understand that that's not the case, and sometimes he almost got it very wrong.
He is successful, all right. And he has done it twice. But it was not all a fairy tale.
The book is a roadmap of his life so far, and a guide to the way he thinks.
From the writing style point of view it is not a great book. Tony Hsieh leaves a warning about it in the beginning and it is an appropriate one. But it is not a difficult book to read. On the contrary, it's written in a very simple style, with short sentences and straightforward ideas: This makes it easy to read and to understand without second interpretations.
On the other hand the story is good. It's a biography of a successful man focusing on what he considers to be the most important things to achieve success.
The downside is that it seems that the objective of the book was not defined from the beginning. The reader understands how he got there, but it seems that something is missing to put together what begins as a biography, told in a chronological sequence of events, and ends as a manifesto. The first two parts of the book are a biography. It's about one man story, how he built one company, sold it to Microsoft for some millions, took sometime for himself, made some investments (most of them not that good), joined another company (or an idea of such), made it grow and was able to sell it to Amazon for a billion! It leads you through his life, his achievements, his growth, what he learned from his experiences and how he became the man he ended up being. The third part is about the man he is now and his ideas. The author presents his thesis and defends it, arguing his position.
All things summed it is a good book (although not a great one), but it has some great moments and I became convinced it was written by a great man.

ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
by David Heinemeier Hansson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Simple, good, not great, 1 Nov. 2011
The authors's intention was definitely to make sure the reader wouldn't be fed up about this book. Therefore the book is very easy to read. All the chapters are ver, very short. All the ideas presented in the book are very straightforward. There are dozens of sketches illustrating the ideas throughout the book, so no one gets bored while reading the book. All that summed up and you will read the book in a couple of hours.
But its main virtue is also its main flaw. The authors had an idea and a business concept and wanted the world to know it. And decided to write a book around that. And the word is exactly around. They never dig much about any idea. No issue is dealt in a profound manner. I was going to say that all the analysis are very shallow... but actually, no analysis at all is presented in the book.
There's also the argument from authority: "We did it like this in our company and it worked because we have huge profits with just a few workers."
So in the end the book is written in a very clean way. The ideas are simple and easy to understand. It is well written and it's easy to read. Does it rock your world? I don't think so...

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