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    In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times best-seller Rework broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today.

    In Rework, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson introduced a new path to working effectively. Now, they build on their message with a bold, iconoclastic strategy for creating the ideal company culture - what they call "the calm company". Their approach directly attacks the chaos, anxiety, and stress that plagues millions of workplaces and hampers billions of workers every day.

    Long hours, an excessive workload, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honor for modern professionals. But it should be a mark of stupidity, the authors argue. Sadly, this isn’t just a problem for large organizations - individuals, contractors, and solopreneurs are burning themselves out the same way. The answer to better productivity isn’t more hours - it’s less waste and fewer things that induce distraction and persistent stress.

    It’s time to stop celebrating crazy and start celebrating calm, Fried and Hansson assert.

    Fried and Hansson have the proof to back up their argument. "Calm" has been the cornerstone of their company’s culture since Basecamp began 20 years ago. Destined to become the management guide for the next generation, It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work is a practical and inspiring distillation of their insights and experiences. It isn’t an audiobook telling you what to do. It’s an audiobook showing you what they’ve done - and how any manager or executive, no matter the industry or size of the company, can do it, too.

    ©2018 Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Not very Substantial!

    It is revealing for our current times that the importance of being able to concentrate on work, at the workplace, should be a pertinent topic for discussion.

    This book deals with the specific case of Basecamp, a software company based in Chicago.

    The elements presented are interesting: limited ambitions for the company, limited work hours for the employees with set vacations and a sabbatical leave expected for everyone, conversations in the open space limited to whispers, etc.

    Sadly, the material could easily be covered in a well written article and there is just not enough material for a whole book. Thus, despite its short length, the reader is beset with countless repetitions. These are aggravating and greatly reduce the impact of the ideas that are conveyed. The abundant and casual use of profanity, perhaps intended to be “cool”, highlights the shallowness of thought and the relative scarcity of substance.

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    Out of scope, waste of time

    Basecamp seems to be a "lifestyle company" where everybody has a good living and working conditions, very high salaries, reduced working hours and lots of advantages. Ok Basecamp, I'm very happy for you, your shareholders and your employees. It looks like you have succeeded well in your very profitable business.

    But if you have a small scale business or a startup working hard to succeed, and searching some original advices to increase your everyday work and life quality, don't waste your time with this book.

    As for the writing style, use a hundred times "f.ck this f.ck that," "what the f.ck," is weak and rude. We understood you have nothing to f.ck. at Basecamp. But there are other ways to emphasize in writing.

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    • 07/10/2018

    Good to listen. Hard to implement.

    The ideas in this book are good. The 'how' was missing. Below expectations. There's a lot of talk about what should be and negligible discussion about how it's achieved. Can't deduce much insight from how to implement this.

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    • Mario Zaizar
    • 09/04/2019

    Good story with a little bit of patronizing.

    Don't get me wrong, the content and reflections are good in essence, and makes sense to apply them in our current industry, but I felt the tone a bit patronizing and condescending. I would love to hear about how to implement this ideas rather than hear how amazing it went for Basecamp Inc.

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    • Dev345
    • 10/11/2018

    Worst. Business Book. Ever.

    This has got to be the dumbest business book on the marketing today. I could barely get half-way through it before I couldn't take it anymore and deleted it. 99.99% of companies would fail miserably if they followed most of the advice in it. Maybe a handful of single-product specialty software companies and a neighborhood pizzeria would be successful with it. (and that pizza better be really good.) The advice here is often presented as an absolute -- all meetings are bad ... never interrupt your co-workers ... never set goals. really? If there is one true absolute in business it's that there's no single approach that works for most companies ... you have to adapt to situations, competition, the marketplace. Most of what they suggest boils down to "be a nice, respectful co-worker." Okay ... yeah, but that's it? What happens when you have real shareholders ... varied customers, meaningful competitors? These authors have no doubt created a great product, but it would have been far better to write a narrative on how they did that and why these business practices were effective for them ... and perhaps some suggestions on ways to implement the ones that make the most sense for your organization. Instead they come off as arrogant, sheltered and utterly tone-deaf to what most businesses deal with. I wish I could get my money back on this one.

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    • John Simon
    • 02/07/2019

    A More Sensible Way...

    This simply reinforces why I want to work for and with Jason, David, and the Basecamp contingent, as they understand people and product come before profit, not in spite of or in light of. If you pour your curious heart into working effectively towards the best product, you will inevitably create all the desires and efficiencies in the workspace.

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    • Lucas Paulger
    • 14/03/2019

    Too biased and only speak from experience not from statistical analysis on performance

    I liked reading "remote" which was also written from experience, and I enjoyed it, but this book just felt too opinionated and seemingly written from a perspective of arrogance that all their decisions were right.

    Honestly I get that it's what they know, but at some point it would be nice to have some statistics or more information behind why they made these decisions and not just "that" they made them and they were good.

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    • Max
    • 02/10/2018

    Amazing book that everyone in the software industry should read, period.

    If you’re in a software industry (and a bunch of other industries to be honest), this book is a must read whether you’re running a company, leading a team or just working.
    There’s just so much good stuff in this book!
    Just go read it. Read it now. Stop reading this review and read the book.

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    • BV
    • 21/04/2022

    Exceptional Heterdox Take

    There is an endless supply of business books. The default perspective is that work should be set by arbitrary priorities created in the spur of the moment or whatever the current fashion is. Growth, scale, bureaucracy, and long hours are king. Basecamp provides an alternative: work small and smart.

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    • rk
    • 09/04/2022

    Part ideas, Part Basecamp pitch

    It's hard not to tie your own company to your success and stories. But there's definitely a fine line. The authors definitely lean heavy on a bunch of successes of Basecamp, while also gently shrugging at their failures.

    I feel like digging deeper into those failures would bring more insight.

    The authors also aren't sure who this book is for. Sometimes, they talk to you as a individual at your own freelance firm. Other times, they assume you're a CEO of a small company.

    In spite of that, it's still rich of ideas to mine for. This is definitely a book to read for a piece of the puzzle.

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    • Syed Reza Ali
    • 22/06/2021

    Innovative Work Principles

    Eye opening book with short chapters, each about a unique business principle or practice the CEO of Basecamp implements at work. Totally changes the way I think about “hustling” and working hard for a company. Life is short, find true work life balance, don’t let a job control your life and well being. Wish more companies used his ideas! Highly recommend!

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    • Raquel Torres
    • 27/05/2021

    My Dream Employer

    Such a great book! Helped me realize so many things I always wanted at work are realistic and not off the wall. Searching for my next employer based on many of the things I heard in the book!