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Author: Mike Song, Tim Burress, Vicki Halsey Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781427200815
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Written in parable form, The Hamster Revolution tells the story of Harold, an HR Director who has fallen victim to the dreaded clutches of info-glut. Paralyzed by a deluge of electronic data and e-mail, his days fill with repetitive and fruitless action. In a Kafkaesque twist, he actually turns into a hamster running on a wheel, though he's too busy to even notice. Happily, Harold meets the info-coach who recognizes his ailment and teaches him a few effective lessons about managing e-mail—key to which is developing higher quality while getting rid of all that's unnecessary. The info-coach introduces Harold to the COTA system—Clients, Output, Teams, Administrative—which shows him an innovative way of storing e-mail and electronic media into these four main categories.

Based on feedback and input from 2,000 Capital One employees who attended the authors' seminar, The Hamster Revolution offers an appealing approach to an increasingly common and difficult problem.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 9/29/2013

    " Super easy read. I was assigned this book to read for work. While it didn't provide me with new information, I like the suggestion of having an template. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 9/21/2013

    " Super quick read - less than a couple of hours. Good info about managing your email and good advice for getting others in your work life to adopt at least some of the principles. Looking forward to our team defining and using these strategies! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheri | 7/21/2013

    " Although I enjoyed the content of this book and found it extremely helpful, I found it difficult to get past the central conceit of a man having lengthy conversations with a businessman who has turned into a hamster. It was too cutesy for the useful, informative content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reneeo83 | 6/8/2013

    " Good book. Helped me manage and organize my email so that I am always in control of it and not the other way around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/17/2013

    " Good techniques for managing email and pare overflow both professionally and personally. I will be setting up my Evernotes Notebooks via the COTA-PAO categories. The Harold Hamster stuff got tedious, but overall a good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 2/2/2013

    " Had to read this book for work. There is some good information, but it could have been summarized in an article, rather than drawn out into a 100+ page book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslee | 8/24/2012

    " Great book on how to save time at work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Jo | 8/10/2012

    " Some parts of this book should be required reading for everyone in our lives. The book demonstrates how to be courteous in drafting the subject line and the actual body of the e-mail to spare your reader wasted time and frustration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/24/2011

    " Not bad -- some good ideas on how to get a handle on E-mail. Need to tailor to your own work environment, especially those who work in Dept of Defense or a non-profit. Didn't like the "hamster" analogy/picture -- seemed kind of trite and sophmoric at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 9/12/2011

    " I actualy listened to the audio book for this one. I learned a little but it wasn't mind-blowing. I think if you've read Getting Things Done, this won't come as much of surprise. The big take away is to be more critical of the e-mails you send out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/26/2011

    " Short read and a little on the slow side. I will do anything to get email under control so it is definitely worth a try! Not sure about COTA but I will give it a go because I have somewhere around 75 folders! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/11/2011

    " It was AMAZINGLY helpful at tackling the challenge of "email overload"...which I have been living in for awhile now!
    In a few weeks, I've totally changed my outlook on e-mail and for the first time feel I can manage it on a daily basis.
    A must read for e-mail users! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 8/1/2009

    " Not bad -- some good ideas on how to get a handle on E-mail. Need to tailor to your own work environment, especially those who work in Dept of Defense or a non-profit. Didn't like the "hamster" analogy/picture -- seemed kind of trite and sophmoric at times. "

About the Author

Mike Song is a gifted productivity speaker and bestselling author. His appearances on CNN, Good Morning America, and CNBC have helped millions of professionals reclaim their lives and get more done. He is the CEO of GetControl.net and the co-developer of the highly-regarded COTA system, the world’s first universal file folder storage system.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. He has won five Audie Awards from the Audio Publisher’s Association, fourteen Earphone Awards, and two Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. He was named a 2008 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture by AudioFile magazine. He has appeared on stage as well as in film and television, and he is a veteran voice actor who can be heard in numerous cartoons and video games. He is one of the founders of New York City’s Collective Unconscious theater, and his performances include the award-winning “reality play” Charlie Victor Romeo and A. R. McElhinney’s cult classic film A Chronicle of Corpses.