Rework – Jason Friedman

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We’ve used the project tool Basecamp at work and it’s pretty good. When I found out the creators of Basecamp wrote a book about the new way to start and run a business I just had to read it and I found out it is great too.

You can buy Rework here

Things I really liked:

* Workaholics are over-rated.
* The expression asap is bad because it doesn’t really say anything.
* Meetings are toxic.
* Interruption is the enemy of productivity (damn, right!)
* Growth is not necessary for profitability
* Planning is guessing
* Failure is not a rite of passage  (learning from mistakes is overrated)

Tom Peters Re-imagines Business

I’m soon about to finish Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and I was lusting for something non-fiction. In the end I picked up Business guru Tom Peters book Re-Imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age at one of the local bookstores in Sliema. It seems pretty good although after checking back on Amazon I saw that I should probably have bought The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE instead.

So who’s Tom Peters then? I suggest you check out his personal blog where you for example find this short biography:

Tom Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence—the book that changed the way the world does business, and often tagged as the best business book ever. Sixteen books and almost thirty years later, he’s still at the forefront of the “management guru industry” he single-handedly invented. What’s new? A lot. As CNN said, “While most business gurus milk the same mantra for all its worth, the one-man brand called Tom Peters is still reinventing himself.” His most recent effort, released in March 2010: The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence. Tom’s bedrock belief: “Execution is strategy—it’s all about the people and the doing, not the talking and the theory.” (Keep up with Tom at tompeters.com, ranked #9 among “The Top 150 Management and Leadership Blogs.”)

I will be back on the blog later with a review but from thumbing through it in the store it seems pretty interesting. One thing is for sure, Tom’s communicative style is very American and you’ll find a lot of CAPITAL letters and exclamation marks. It’s a guy burning for business, that’s for sure.