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Hacking Work: Breaking Stupid Rules for Smart Results by [Jensen, Bill, Klein, Josh]
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Not for the meek, Hacking Work is for those who truly want to change the way they do business (Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times Bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There)

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Not for the meek, Hacking Work is for those who truly want to change the way they do business Marshall Goldsmith, author of the New York Times Bestsellers MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There Book of the Month City AM

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00457X7FY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Format: Paperback
Bill Jensen and Josh Klein have written a book about how to get things done in organisations that are not designed for the work we have to do today. How do you actually achieve anything when it seems like an organisation's processes work against you? You will find some answers here.

We know that things change very quickly these days yet that organisations change slowly. The definition of a 'hack' is to manage to do something positive, benevolent and good for the organisation while not (potentially) following ALL of the rules. I used to work for an organisation where we were encouraged to 'ask forgiveness, not permission'. This is what they are advocating and it is a joy to see this encouraged. The only way we will get our organisations to change is if WE change them. And often the only way we can feel positive about our working environment is when we find 'work arounds' that work.

Like Bill's earlier work (The Simplicity Handbook), this book is clear, and well written, simple enough, but not too simple. However, actually doing it (hacking work) is by no means easy - they encourage you to be quite clear about what your values are and how you work to them and uphold them while still achieving the needful for your day to day work.

It is a book that is written for the American market so there aren't many European examples in the many case studies they present. But it will still work here. They have based the book on many interviews with people who are already 'hacking' work and these ought to be sufficient to give you ideas of what you can do in your situation.

Best of all, they connect with their readers via their Hacking Work website. What I like best about the book is that they help us to see how to get our power back, where it belongs, and take responsibility for using it wisely.
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Format: Hardcover
This lively book is not a manual or a how-to guide; it's a rallying cry for the community of "benevolent hackers" and an attitude adjustment for those who want to join. Bill Jensen, CEO of the Jensen Group, and Josh Klein, a skilled hacker, offer an enthusiastic spirit and an all-embracing outlook - at times to make up for being reserved about specificity, so as not to enable bad hackers - that clearly deliver their message: Courage and flexibility matter much more than technical expertise when it comes to changing oppressive work conditions. The authors walk a tightrope: They imply that you can alter software, networks and processes, but they never demonstrate how outright, and they advocate hacking only within ethical limits. Their obvious joy at circumventing restrictive or idiotic corporate practices, and their welcome conversational tone, makes this a tremendously fun read - one that will open some readers' eyes to possibilities they might not have considered. getAbstract suggests this gleeful tome to those who feel that work procedures are dampening their productivity and creativity, and to anyone who likes to tweak the nose of authority.
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To what does the title of this book refer? According to the co-authors, Bill Jensen and Josh Klein, "Today's top performers are taking matters into their own hands. They are bypassing sacred structures and breaking all sorts of rules just to get their work done...Every day in every workplace, benevolent rule breakers like these are ensuring that business succeeds despite itself. They are reinventing how to approach productivity and how to consistently achieve morebetterfaster results." Jensen and Klein urge their reader to start hacking: "Start taking the usual ways of doing things and work around them to produce improved results. Bend the rules for the good of all. That's what benevolent hackers do."

In his book Iconoclast, Gregory Berns explains, "The overarching theme of this book is that iconoclasts are able to do things that others say can't be done, because iconoclasts perceive things differently than other people." Berns goes on to explain that the difference in perception "plays out in the initial stages of an idea. It plays out in how their manage their fears, and it manifests in how they pitch their ideas to the masses of noniconoclasts. It is an exceedingly rare individual who possesses all three of these traits." In her article "How to Walk on the Leading Edge without Falling off the Cliff," Judith A.
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Truly useless book
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Amazon.com: 3.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and inspiring book 6 Jan. 2011
By Charles Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Breaking iron-clad rules a means to job effectiveness? Bill Jensen and Josh Klein believe this, and made me believe it too. Part of the daily frustration at any place of business is the rigmarole and unnecessary bureaucracy one needs to deal with before anything of substance is truly achieved. Are these checks and balances really needed? The book is based on a premise that I feel is the key to corporate efficiency and success: in order to be an efficiency achiever and a "corporate success story" within your organization, one needs to figure a way to work around the system to bend some of the rules that hinder progress. In doing so, one can you can "work smarter, not harder," and really deliver while avoiding the waste of valuable time and effort. The tactics in this thoughtful text get right to the point to give anyone, at any level, the tools to "beat the system," while at the same time, strengthening it.

A great read with many practical tips.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff 16 Jan. 2011
By J. S. Lawder - Published on Amazon.com
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Many people still seem to think of "hacking" as a bad thing, but this book does a great job of flipping that notion on its head. You don't have to be a computer nerd to hack, you just have to know how you can work better, faster, stronger and then figure out how you can do that at work. While there may be nay-sayers and people who think the perspective is naive, they couldn't be farther off base. Certainly there are times and situations that "hacking" is bad, and the authors clearly spell that out in the book, but for most of corporate america, this should be required reading, as it also lends advice to how to deal with hackers, whether you're a hacker, a manger, or exec.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very clear!! 15 Jun. 2014
By Todd Baltz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was laid out very nicely and had clear and practical advice. The theory it did have was understandable.
5.0 out of 5 stars On "Hacking Work" 26 Oct. 2010
By kevin - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the positive attitude.
I feel better abut my lousy job already.
Recommended for anyone frustrated by "The System". Is there anyone that does not include?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Little Disappointed 8 Dec. 2010
By Ski - Published on Amazon.com
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If you work for the government then this is a great way to end getting fired. As a security professional I realize that not everyone understands why "barriers" are up but they are designed to prevent bad guys from getting in.
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