- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness (Oct. 2 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062874788
- ISBN-13: 978-0062874788
- ASIN: 0062874780
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work Hardcover – Oct 2 2018
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“Their book is funny, well-written and iconoclastic and by far the best thing on management published this year.” (The Economist)
“Each [chapter is] packed with a punch that seems both profound and practical—profound for how clear and different they tend to be from most accepted business wisdom, and practical because almost everything they describe is immediately applicable.” (800-CEO-READ)
“In short, jargon-free chapters, the authors challenge the way many of today’s businesses are run.” (Financial Times)
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About the Author
JASON FRIED is the cofounder and CEO of Basecamp. He started the company back in 1999 and has been running the show ever since. Along with David, he wrote Getting Real, REWORK, and REMOTE. When it comes to business, he thinks things are simple until you make them complicated. And when it comes to life, we’re all just trying to figure it out as we go.
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This book highlights that the things we see daily, are not good, from a business owner, or employee perspective. It helps us see where we are, and where we are going, and what we can do, when we experiencing crazy at work.
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.