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The 20% Doctrine: How Tinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules at Work Drive Success in Business Hardcover – Apr 9 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Business (April 9 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062003232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062003232
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 322 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #408,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is Why the MBA's Are Scratchig Their Heads! Sept. 13 2012
By 4moreshelflife - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A candid look at the companies that use the 20% doctrine to cultivate each employee's created passion for a particular project or idea. Wish all companies and non-profits thought this way. Even MBA's are scratching their heads on why this works so well and not taught in school.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I loved it! May 18 2012
By Lauren Isaacson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"This was a unique focus on our changing business practices and culture. I loved the variety of passionate pursuits that resulted in business successes--a teacher and a chef amongst the tech-world ventures. Tate truly captured the precipice of where we are with our changing workplace. We spend so much of our lives working, and the combination of the new technology and upcoming, younger generation of workers has humanized the workplace. Tate stated it well: "...we should end up with more innovation, creativity, emotional touch points, and indeed more humanity in the modern workplace." This was a fun, touching, and inspiring read on so many levels--one of those rare books that leaves you sad when it's over precisely because it's over. Truly unique and timely!"
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Interesting & Informative March 3 2013
By Gary J. Gilbert Jr. - Published on
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A worthwhile read about an interesting business practice. Although 20% time wouldn't necessarily work for my organization, this book did cause me to stop and consider that there are probably some gems hidden amongst our human resources. This short book could be finished in an afternoon, and should be read by anyone interested in business or business leadership.
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Enjoyable read on an interesting topic Jan. 15 2013
By Frederic Caldwell - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed reading this book on the subject of taking a fresh look at the way that companies can nurture a culture of innovation and creativity. I recently took on a pet project of seeing if I could bring the idea of a Hackathon to the company I work at, and came across this book as I was researching the topic online. I had been struggling with the fact that 20% projects at companies like Google seemed more easily achieved since the engineering resources are more fungible than what you might expect at a company that also does a lot of hardware design.

What I liked about it is that the author did a nice job of looking at the subject of "tinkering" in a relatively broad way that made the prospect of doing something similar at any sort of company seem more tenable. There were several case studies that were intended to support the thesis stated in the title, and I think that they served their purpose well.

I ended up using several key concepts from the various case studies for my company's Hackathon, and felt that this was a credible playbook for how to instill this type of culture beyond its traditional software domain.
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Liked it so much I bought it as a gift for 2 others as well. May 9 2012
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I loved this book. Someone recommended it to me and I liked it even more that I thought I would. It really made me think about how different things are now than when I was growing up. I found the book to be through in making it's point and really well researched. It shows a great understanding of this generation and will give a good idea of how college grads should now be thinking when they are entering the work force.
I bought it for my father and a friend and found that even with a 30 year age span between them they both found it not only equally as interesting but a great read.
I like the author's style and will definitely be looking for his next book.