It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work Review

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.

Title:It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Bill

    Fried and DHH are once again offering a clarion call from The Future; ignore it at your peril. This is essential reading if you've ever thought that the millenial badge of honor, being busy beyond bel...

  • John Weldy

    I hate books about workI’m a director at a school, so I’m expected to read...a lot. And I love reading, about things I’m interested in. Almost never does that include books about work. I’ve tr...

  • Alex

    I started this on a plane and finished it over salt-roasted chicken with celery root, leeks, and ham chips. Recommend by coworkers, especially @bill’s knh, I found that about 30% of this applies to ...

  • Youghourta

    كتاب يقلب مفاهيم ومبادئ عالم الشركات الناشئة (خاصة تلك التي تعتمد "الطريقة الأمريكية" منها) رأسًا على عقب. يُعت...

  • Vitor Capela

    The message is important: a company has the agency to dismiss most business practices and advice — growth at all costs, change for change's sake, working its staff to the bone — and still thrive. ...

  • Willian Molinari

    What a great book! The best part of this book is that there's nothing so out of this world there, they are just talking about what we should be doing.Hey, it's true, it doesn't have to be crazy at wor...

  • Simon Eskildsen

    The premise of the book is wonderful: we chase growth at all cost and the human cost of that is real. However, I can't shake some feeling of arrogance that permeates the book. Points are mostly anecdo...

  • Seyfeddin

    37 Signals'ın bütün kitaplarını okudum. Hepsi çok güzel fikirler barındırıyordu, bu kitap da bundan farklı değil. Ama büyük bir eksik var.Son zamanlarda Amerika'da yeni bir trend başlad...

  • Jos

    I've got mixed feelings on this one.After reading remote and rework, this one feels kinda "cheap", in the sense that is a 18$ book (pre-order, now is 25$) that you read in a couple of days.Don't get m...

  • Romans Karpelcevs

    Bam! Bam! Bam! This book shoots advice from the third gen of the way of working in software development. Will everything from this book be there in the future? No. Will everything here work for you? N...