In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times bestseller 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 attack 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 twenty 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 a book telling you what to do. It’s a book 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.
Good, maybe not for everyone
Fried has a very man of the people approach to work. He does not come off as an arrogant executive. The model is Basecamp, but I suspect not that many businesses are like Basecamp. The advice does not always carry over. Sometimes Fried can also be unnecessarily salty.
Opinionated but Enlightening
Working in calmly manner, without rush to get your things done, but still maintaining your customers is very rare in this industry. Jason and David have shown that it is possible to do that. This book contains advices and “best practices” for us to work in steady and calm pace, not putting ourselves in stressful conditions. I would recommend this book to everyone, not only works in technology industry. In the time of getting back our control of our time, this book really shines.
Should be called “Play Smaller”
Great to get the perspective of leaders of a successful company. But it’s a book filled with unsubstantiated assertions!
Every one of the short chapters is “don’t do this; do that!” I’m sure their philosophy is working great at Basecamp but there are very few illustrative examples or data to support their ideas.
Plus it’s pretty clear that the approach advocated for works at a very specific type of business.
The best thing about the book is how it presents an alternative narrative to “Play Bigger” or “Scaling Up”. Too bad it doesn’t do w better job.