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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (79 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Jensen, Josh Klein Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781596596788
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Why work harder than you have to? One manager kept his senior execs happy by secretly hacking into the company’s database to give them the reports they needed in one third of the time. Hacking is a powerful solution to every stupid procedure, tool, rule, and process we are forced to endure at the office. Benevolent hackers are saving business from itself.

It would be so much easier to do great work if not for lingering bureaucracies, outdated technologies, and deeply irrational rules and procedures. These things are killing us.

Frustrating? Yes. But take heart—there’s an army of heroes coming to the rescue.

Today’s top performers are taking matters into their own hands: bypassing sacred structures, using forbidden tools, and ignoring silly corporate edicts. In other words, they are hacking work to increase their efficiency and job satisfaction. Consultant Bill Jensen teamed up with hacker Josh Klein to expose the cheat codes that enable people to work smarter instead of harder. Once employees learn how to hack their work, they accomplish more in less time. They cut through red tape and circumvent stupid rules.

For instance, Elizabeth’s bosses wouldn’t sign off on her plan to improve customer service. So she made videotapes of customers complaining about what needed fixing and posted them on YouTube. Within days, public outcry forced senior management to reverse its decision.

Hacking Work reveals powerful technological and social hacks and shows readers how to apply them to sidestep bureaucratic boundaries and busywork. It’s about making the system work for you, not the other way around, so you can take control of your workload, increase your productivity, and help your company succeed-in spite of itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The ideas within Hacking Work will foster the innovation and creativity so badly needed in these times.”

    Dave Ulrich, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Not for the meek, Hacking Work is for those who truly want to change the way they do business.”

    Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author

  • Hacking Work is a refreshing antidote to what passes for business wisdom today.”

    Thomas H. Davenport, coauthor of Analytics at Work

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Conrey | 5/13/2013

    " Started strong, finishes poorly. The concept appeals to my anti authority personality and the message was good overall even if a bit below where I am. My gut says that if you are hte kid of person who will read this you don't need it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabe Mounce | 2/23/2013

    " The best book besides "Maverick" about how to break the rules of work and do stuff that matters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elliott Bäck | 1/31/2013

    " These rules are mostly things that you would do naturally. The tech bent of the book is silly in most large organizations, while bending rules could likely get you fired. Also, many of the anecdotes feel dated. The instructions in the book become repetitive over time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nannie Bittinger | 9/27/2012

    " Should be required reading for anyone in the working world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ti Bryan | 8/10/2012

    " Keeping going round the same points. The book itself needs to be hacked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polle De Maagt | 5/23/2012

    " Smart ideas, great way of approaching organisations. The concept of adopting hacking reflexes to actually get things done is really nice. However, the examples get a bit boring towards the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jesus | 3/24/2012

    " Very empty, about one idea in the book: "find a/your way to make things better." Not enough to fill a book. :-( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rory Parle | 12/1/2011

    " Pretty thin on content. This book would have worked reasonably well as a single article. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Oliver Southgate | 11/25/2011

    " Good ideas. It went on a bit labouring the point. I discovered I am already doing lots of the ideas in the book. Probably why I was interested in the book. Worth a skim. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vipin Ramdas | 9/6/2011

    " A good read to highlight how you can "work around" corporate processes, practices, policies,tools without actually breaking the law. A must read for anyone who has been frustrated at work and said "darn these corporate processes and tools "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 6/18/2011

    " Embrace the changes on Gen Y! Basic thesis which was beat over the head about 500 times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 5/15/2011

    " Embrace the changes on Gen Y! Basic thesis which was beat over the head about 500 times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elliott | 12/25/2010

    " These rules are mostly things that you would do naturally. The tech bent of the book is silly in most large organizations, while bending rules could likely get you fired. Also, many of the anecdotes feel dated. The instructions in the book become repetitive over time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Polle | 11/23/2010

    " Smart ideas, great way of approaching organisations. The concept of adopting hacking reflexes to actually get things done is really nice. However, the examples get a bit boring towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nannie | 11/9/2010

    " Should be required reading for anyone in the working world. "

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