Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson – It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work


In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times best-seller 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 attacks 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 isnt just a problem for large organizations – individuals, contractors, and solopreneurs are burning themselves out the same way. The answer to better productivity isnt more hours – its less waste and fewer things that induce distraction and persistent stress.

Its 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 companys culture since Basecamp began 20 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 isnt an audiobook telling you what to do. Its an audiobook showing you what theyve done – and how any manager or executive, no matter the industry or size of the company, can do it, too.

Author: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
Narrator: Eileen Stevens
Duration: 3 hours 18 minutes
Released: 18 Feb 2010
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

bastion middle-income

I liked reading “remote” which was also written from experience, and I enjoyed it, but this book just felt too opinionated and seemingly written from a perspective of arrogance that all their decisions were right.

Honestly I get that it’s what they know, but at some point it would be nice to have some statistics or more information behind why they made these decisions and not just “that” they made them and they were good.