Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It

The Results-Only Revolution

Author: Cali Ressler,Jody Thompson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440639456

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 5031

Do you hate cramming all of your errands into the weekend? Do you resent having to beg permission to watch your kid’s weekday soccer game? Are you tired of seeing people who aren’t very good at their jobs get promoted because they arrive early and stay late? There’s got to be a better way—and there is! Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson show that everyone benefits when we change the focus from hours to outcomes. It’s just that our traditional definition of work—Monday through Friday, nine to five—doesn’t make sense in the always-on global economy. So, Ressler and Thompson created the Results-Only Work Environment. In a ROWE, you control when, where, and how long you work. As long as you meet your objectives, the way you spend your time is entirely up to you. Suddenly, work isn’t a place you go, it’s a thing you do. In a ROWE, there are no mandatory meetings or fixed schedules. You stop doing any activity that wastes time, and no one criticizes you for “leaving early” or “coming in late.” If you do your best work at midnight or on Sundays, go for it! ROWE sounds like a fantasy, but Ressler and Thompson have already made it a reality at Best Buy, a Fortune 100 company. They have proven that ROWE not only makes employees happier but also delivers better results. And now the authors are helping companies implement ROWE nationwide. Infused with passion and common sense, Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It will change the way you think about your job, your company, and your quality of life. Read it and join the revolution!

Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It

A Results-Only Guide to Taking Control of Work, Not People

Author: Jody Thompson,Cali Ressler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118559282

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 9044

Change the way you think about work (and life) by focusing on results—and only results Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It shows how the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) mindset can make you or your organization more entrepreneurial, more connected with the broader trends in your industry, and more willing to take smart risks. It explains how to set clear expectations and focus on the endpoint as opposed to managing the process that gets you there. With eyes set on getting rid of distractions, long meetings, and unnecessary updates, this book offers quick, everyday strategies to experience huge increases in productivity (without adding resources) and dramatic drops in turnover. Authors Ressler and Thompson began their work together at Best Buy where they are credited with revolutionizing the workplace Reframes thinking away from counting on general availability (Where's Bob?) to creating clear expectations (Does Bob know exactly what's expected of him?) Explains how to reduce the number of meetings while increasing their quality Shows how to eliminate scheduled events in order to increase critical thinking and improve communication ROWE is a bold, cultural transformation that permeates the attitudes and operating style of an entire workplace, leveling the playing field and giving people complete autonomy—to manage their measurable results using adult common sense.

Why Your Life Sucks

And What You Can Do About It

Author: Alan Cohen

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 030741874X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 5349

The in-your-face, no-hype guide to getting happy… Your life sucks if… • You routinely make someone or something more important than you • The life you are living on the outside doesn’t match who you are on the inside • You say yes when you mean no • You try to fix other people • You’ve forgotten to enjoy the ride When your life sucks, it’s a wake-up call. Now self-help guru and bestselling author Alan Cohen invites you to answer that call, change your course, and enjoy the life you were meant to live. In ten compelling chapters, Cohen shows you how to stop wasting your energy on people and things that deaden you–and use it for things you love. With great humor, great examples, and exhilarating directness, Why Your Life Sucks doesn’t just spell out the ways in which you undermine your power, purpose, and creativity–it shows you how to reverse the damage. Here is an encouraging but loud-and-clear reminder that in every moment we generate our own experience by the choices we make, and that today is the best day to begin your new life. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Workshift

Future-Proof Your Organization for the 21st Century

Author: Jason Morwick,Robyn Bews,Emily Klein,Tim Lorman

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 1137337486

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 2810

Workshift provides a detailed blueprint for organizations transitioning into the virtual workplace where employees are always connected, and work is no longer a destination. The intent is to provide practical lessons on why (and how) some organizations are further ahead, and what all organizations can learn to realize the potential of the virtual workplace. Specifically, Workshift will detail essential factors that determine success, including the following: • Determining business drivers and measures of success • Technology and organizational readiness gap assessments • Developing a robust Workshift strategy • Establishing buy-in and stakeholder management • Creating a systematic approach to implementation and acceptance management • Determining and monitoring success and individual and organizational metrics Through a stimulating blend of case studies, research, storytelling, and smart thinking, Workshift offers a never-before-documented road map for taking organizations from awareness to adoption.

Escape From Cubicle Nation

From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur

Author: Pamela Slim

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101052532

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 3618

Pamela Slim, a former corporate training manager, left her office job twelve years ago to go solo and has enjoyed every bit of it. In her groundbreaking book, based on her popular blog Escape from Cubicle Nation, Slim explores both the emotional issues of leaving the corporate world and the nuts and bolts of launching a business. Drawing on her own career, as well as stories from her coaching clients and blog readers, Slim will help readers weigh their options, and make a successful escape if they decide to go for it.

Success Built to Last

Creating a Life That Matters

Author: Jerry I. Porras,Stewart Emery,Mark Thompson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0452288703

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 2608

Presents a series of interviews with successful people who demonstrate the author's three elements of success--involvement with something about which they are passionate, the cultivation of a sense of responsibility and accountabiliy, and taking effective action. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

The Decoded Company

Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers

Author: Leerom Segal,Aaron Goldstein,Jay Goldman,Rahaf Harfoush

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698152158

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 4402

A powerful guide to building a data-centric corporate culture that unleashes talent and improves engagement Amazon delights customers with recommendations that are spot on. Google amazes us by generating answers before we've even finished asking a question. These companies know who we are and what we want. The key to their magic is Big Data. Personalizing the consumer experience with the collection and analysis of consumer data is widely recognized as one of the biggest business opportunities of the 21st century. But there is a flip side to this that has largely been missed. What if we were able to use data about employees to personalize and customize their experience - to increase their engagement, help them learn faster on the job, and figure out which teams they should be on? In this book, Leerom and his colleagues outline the six principles they've used to decode work and unlock the maximum potential of their talent, and share success stories from other organizations that have embraced this approach. The Decoded Company is an actionable blueprint for any company that wants the best from its people, and isn't afraid of radical approaches to get it. Leerom Segal is the president and CEO of Klick and has been named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Business Development Bank of Canada, won the "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" award from Ernst and Young, and was named to Profit Magazine's Hall of Fame as the youngest CEO ever to lead a nonprofit company. Aaron Goldstein is the co-founder of Klick and is a Senior Certified Project Manager Professional. Jay Goldman was Head of Marketing at Rypple, a venture-backed startup acquired by Salesforce in 2012 and now known as Work.com. He is the author of the O'Reilly Facebook Cookbook, and he has been published in the Harvard Business Review. Rahaf Harfoush is the author of several books including Yes We Did. She was a contributor to the best-selling Wikinomics and Grown Up Digital. From the Hardcover edition.

Play Like a Man Win Like a Woman

What Men Know About Success That Women Need to Learn

Author: Gail Evans

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 076790463X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 191

View: 1321

An executive vice president of CNN shares her revealing insights into the "good ol' boy network," arming women with the tools they need to succeed in a man's world. Reprint.

Hope Is Not a Method

What Business Leaders Can Learn from America's Army

Author: Gordon R. Sullivan

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 0307434273

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 8050

Since the end of the Cold War, the United States Army has been reengineered and downsized more thoroughly than any other business. In the early 1990s, General Sullivan, army chief of staff, and Colonel Harper, his key strategic planner, took the post-Cold War army into the Information Age. Faced with a 40 percent reduction in staff and funding, they focused on new peacetime missions, dismantled a cumbersome bureaucracy, reinvented procedures, and set the guidelines for achieving a vast array of new goals. Hope Is Not a Method explains how they did it and shows how their experience is extremely relevant to today's businesses. From how to stay on top of long-range issues to how to maintain a productive work force during times of change, it offers invaluable lessons in leadership and provides proven tactics any business can implement. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Mistakes I Made at Work

25 Influential Women Reflect on what They Got Out of Getting it Wrong

Author: Jessica Bacal

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 0142180572

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 252

View: 4102

Successful women reveal some of the mistakes they made in their careers, how they learned from them, and how their mistakes made them better leaders.

168 Hours

You Have More Time Than You Think

Author: Laura Vanderkam

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101432945

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

View: 9042

There are 168 hours in a week. This book is about where the time really goes, and how we can all use it better. It's an unquestioned truth of modern life: we are starved for time. With the rise of two-income families, extreme jobs, and 24/7 connectivity, life is so frenzied we can barely find time to breathe. We tell ourselves we'd like to read more, get to the gym regularly, try new hobbies, and accomplish all kinds of goals. But then we give up because there just aren't enough hours to do it all. Or else, if we don't make excuses, we make sacrifices. To get ahead at work we spend less time with our spouses. To carve out more family time, we put off getting in shape. To train for a marathon, we cut back on sleep. There has to be a better way-and Laura Vanderkam has found one. After interviewing dozens of successful, happy people, she realized that they allocate their time differently than most of us. Instead of letting the daily grind crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there's time for the important stuff. They focus on what they do best and what only they can do. When plans go wrong and they run out of time, only their lesser priorities suffer. It's not always easy, but the payoff is enormous. Vanderkam shows that it really is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, take piano lessons, and write a novel without giving up quality time for work, family, and other things that really matter. The key is to start with a blank slate and to fill up your 168 hours only with things that deserve your time. Of course, you probably won't read to your children at 2:00 am, or skip a Wednesday morning meeting to go hiking, but you can cut back on how much you watch TV, do laundry, or spend time on other less fulfilling activities. Vanderkam shares creative ways to rearrange your schedule to make room for the things that matter most. 168 Hours is a fun, inspiring, practical guide that will help men and women of any age, lifestyle, or career get the most out of their time and their lives.

The Business Book

Author: DK

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1465438386

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

View: 6126

The Business Book clearly and simply explains all of the key theories that have shaped the world of business, management, and commerce. Using easy-to-follow graphics and artworks, succinct quotations, and thoroughly accessible text, The Business Book introduces the would-be entrepreneur and general reader alike to the work of great commercial thinkers, leaders, and gurus. The Business Book includes: - Almost 100 quotations from the great business thinkers and gurus - Information on every facet of business management, including alternative business models, with real life examples from the marketplace - A structure that takes the reader through every stage of business strategy, from start-up to delivering the goods The clear and concise summaries, graphics, and quotations in The Business Book will help even the complete novice understand the key ideas behind business success.

Your Company Sucks

It's Time to Declare War on Yourself

Author: Mark Stevens

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 193561889X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 6308

It's every businessperson's nightmare: his or her company is failing, dysfunctional, stuck in neutral, and/or is disappointing overall, from the finances to the customer feedback. Put bluntly—but candidly—the company sucks. That's the bad news. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. Every business can rebound from its lows, regain its momentum, thrill its customers, and be the source of pride and profits its owners and shareholders seek. This U-turn must begin with you, the owner or senior manager, declaring war on yourself. You must face the fact that the malaise the business suffers from is ultimately your responsibility and your doing, and even more important,that it will not be rectified unless you take the lead. Face the hard truth. Take the difficult actions. Demonstrate determination, creativity and resolve. This insightful book makes three points clear: 1. The key to long term business success is for the leader to declare war on him/herself so that the company never rests on its laurels. 2. Only four factors lead to business failure/decline/lack of growth/dysfunctionality. Identifying and addressing these plagues is the focus of the war. 3. Customer satisfaction is a curse in disguise. The overwhelming need is to thrill your customers/clients. Your Company Sucks pulls back the curtain on business performance to reveal the four reasons businesses decline. It identifies your company's red flags, and provides a powerful and innovative methodology to transition from failure to flourish. It's not too late to turn your company around—go from sucking to soaring!

Devils on the Deep Blue Sea

The Dreams, Schemes, and Showdowns that Built America's Cruise Ship Empires

Author: Kristoffer A. Garin

Publisher: Viking Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 366

View: 8558

An exploration of America's cruise ship industry traces its meteoric rise throughout the past four decades, describing its humble beginnings in the early 1960s, the impact of the popular The Love Boat television series, and the influence of business practices and environmental laws. 30,000 first printing.

Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck

Author: Rick Altman

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781477685433

Category: Computers

Page: 344

View: 445

THIRD EDITION: Did you learn PowerPoint in 30 minutes? Join the crowd...most people get no more than a half-hour of training time with PowerPoint before they are tasked with making what is likely to be a first impression of themselves or their company. This book is for earnest presenters and presentation designers who want to escape the perils that entrap so many who turn to PowerPoint for their presentations.

Why My Love Life Sucks

Author: Shevi Arnold

Publisher: Play Along Media LLC

ISBN: 1936242192

Category: Fiction

Page: 340

View: 2313

Run for Something

A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself

Author: Amanda Litman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501180444

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 2531

From the email marketing director of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the co-founder of Run for Something comes an essential and inspiring guide that encourages and educates young progressives to run for local office, complete with contributions from elected officials and political operatives. You’ve been depressed since the night of November 8, 2016. You wore black to work the next morning. You berated yourself for your complacency during the Obama years. You ranted on Twitter. You deleted Twitter. You sent emails to your friends saying, “How can we get more involved?” You listened to Pod Save America. You knit­ted a pussyhat. You showed up to the Women’s March on Washington. You protested Donald Trump’s executive orders. You called your congressman. You called other people’s congressmen. You set up monthly donations to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. You reactivated Twitter (begrudgingly). Here’s what you do next: Run for something. To be specific: Run for local office and become the change you want to see in the world. Forget about Con­gress. Forget about the Senate. Focus on the offices that get the real sh*t done: state legislatures, city councils, school boards, and mayors. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a white man over sixty with an Ivy League law degree. (In fact, it’s better if you’re not!) It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand the first thing about running for office, or never even imagined you would. That’s what this book is for. Amanda Litman, experienced in hard-fought state and national election campaigns, is here to give you guid­ance as well as wisdom and insight from elected officials and political operatives she interviewed for this book. There are half a million elected officials in the United States. Why can’t you be one of them?

It's All Politics

WINNING IN A WORLD WHERE HARD WORK AND TALENT AREN'T ENOUGH

Author: Kathleen Kelly Reardon Ph.D.

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 9780385515160

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 9950

From It’s All Politics Like business in general, politics is not a spectator sport. You cannot afford to be apolitical at work if you have any aspirations for advancement. The only way to avoid politics is to avoid people—by finding an out-of-the-way corner where you can do your job. Of course, it’s the same job you’ll likely be doing for the rest of your career. In any job, when you reach a certain level of technical competence, politics is what makes all the difference with regard to success. At that point, it is indeed all politics. Everyday brilliant people take a backseat to their politically adept colleagues by failing to win crucial support for their ideas. Sometimes politics involves going around or bending rules, but more typically it’s about positioning your ideas in a favorable light, and knowing what to say, and how and when to say it.… Keep in mind that people benefit from perpetuating the image of politics as something you either know or you don’t. Ignore them. Political acumen is largely learned from observation. And then it’s a matter of practice, practice, practice. When a journalist suggested that golfing great Gary Player was very lucky, he replied: “It’s funny, but the more I practice, the luckier I get.” The same is true of politics. An indispensable guide to mastering the ins and outs of office politics—the single most important factor in getting ahead in your career As management professor and consultant Kathleen Reardon explains in her new book, It's All Politics, talent and hard work alone will not get you to the top. What separates the winners from the losers in corporate life is politics. As Reardon explains, the most talented and accomplished employees often take a backseat to their politically adept coworkers, losing ground in the race to get ahead—sometimes even losing their jobs. Why? Because they’ve failed to manage the important relationships with the people who can best reward their creativity and intelligence. To determine whether you need a crash course in Office Politics 101, ask yourself the following questions: Do I get credit for my ideas? Do I know how to deal with a difficult colleague? Do I get the plum assignments? Do I have a mentor? Do I say no gracefully and pick my battles wisely? Am I in the loop? Reardon has interviewed hundreds of employees, from successful veterans to aspiring hopefuls, examining why some people who work hard and effectively at their jobs fall behind, while those who are adept at “reading the office tea leaves” forge ahead. Being politically savvy doesn’t mean being unethical or devious. At heart, it’s about listening to and relating to others, and making choices that advance everyone’s goals. Like it or not, when it comes to work, it’s all politics. And politics is all about knowing what to say, when to say it, and who to say it to.

Why Software Sucks-- and what You Can Do about it

Author: David S. Platt

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 0321466756

Category: Computers

Page: 243

View: 8994

Describes why computer software has become unreliable and offers suggestions on ways users can correct the situation.

Why We Don't Suck

And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches

Author: Denis Leary

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1524762733

Category: Humor

Page: 320

View: 6970

The actor, writer, and comedian confronts liberals and conservatives alike with satirical looks at such topics as the millennial generation, freedom, social media, and cable news networks.