The Year Without Pants

WordPress.com and the Future of Work

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118728955

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success 50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. With a fraction of the resources of Google, Amazon, or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet. How is this possible? What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods? To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at WordPress.com, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of WordPress.com's phenomenal success from the inside. Berkun's story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone's future. Offers a fast-paced and entertaining insider's account of how an amazing, powerful organization achieves impressive results Includes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativity Written by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun (scottberkun.com) The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world-changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic's success.

The Year Without Pants

WordPress.com and the Future of Work

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118660633

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 258

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A former Microsoft veteran, WordPress.com manager and author of Making Things Happen profiles the convention-defying company Automattic, Inc. to reveal how its unique leadership, work culture and methods enable innovative and influential daily product improvement.

The Year Without Pants

WordPress.com and the Future of Work

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118728904

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 1925

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A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success 50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. With a fraction of the resources of Google, Amazon, or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet. How is this possible? What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods? To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at WordPress.com, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of WordPress.com's phenomenal success from the inside. Berkun's story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone's future. Offers a fast-paced and entertaining insider's account of how an amazing, powerful organization achieves impressive results Includes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativity Written by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun (scottberkun.com) The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world-changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic's success.

Remote

Office Not Required

Author: Jason Fried,David Heinemeier Hansson

Publisher: Currency

ISBN: 080413751X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Basecamp founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson explore the "work from home" phenomenon and show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished in Remote. The Industrial Revolution's "under one roof" model of conducting work is steadily declining as technology creates virtual workspaces that allow employees to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together. Today, the new paradigm is "move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace." Remote work increases the talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens the real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages. As Fried and Hansson explain the challenges and unexpected benefits of this phenomenon, they show why--with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo--more businesses will want to promote this model of getting things done.

Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0983873119

Category: Philosophy

Page: 196

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This definitive best-of collection of one of the web’s best young writers is packed with provocations and entertainments, guaranteed to make you think and smile. You’ll learn to find passion, think free, manage time, pay attention and more. Fast paced, inspiring and memorable, you'll find new ideas and inspirations on every page. Essays include: - How to be a free thinker - The Cult of busy - Why smart people defend bad ideas - Street smarts vs. Book smarts - Hating vs. loving - Why the world is a mess - How to make a difference

Bankable Leadership

Happy People, Bottom-Line Results, and the Power to Deliver Both

Author: Tasha Eurich

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 162634020X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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“If I relentlessly drive my team to achieve our goals, they won’t like me.” “If I try to make everybody on the team happy, we won’t hit our numbers.” As a leader, you’ve likely felt this fundamental tension—the tension between driving results and developing positive relationships with your people. Despite all the research telling us that effective leaders do both, most of us struggle to balance the happiness of our teams and the health of the bottom line. We are more comfortable focusing on one or the other, and we feel overwhelmed and drained by the challenges we face when we try to accomplish both. In Bankable Leadership, psychologist, executive coach, and proud leadership geek Dr. Tasha Eurich (or Dr. T) solves this dilemma and reveals how to make leadership exhilarating, fun, and fulfilling. Built on decades of research and the transformation of real leaders, her fresh, practical model can help anyone become bankable—producing results while fostering a healthy work environment that ensures sustainable success. Discover how to • Be human and drive performance, • Be helpful and drive responsibility, • Be thankful and drive improvement, and • Be happy and drive productivity. Dr. T’s approach will help you develop these universally effective behaviors through an online assessment and boots-on-the-ground tools, like earning trust through transparency, treating adults like adults, and taking a no-fear approach to feedback. Whether you’re struggling to build a more productive team, increase confidence in your leadership skills, or consistently deliver results, Bankable Leadership is the resource you’ve been waiting for!

Making Things Happen

Mastering Project Management

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 0596517718

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 392

View: 3000

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Offers a collection of essays on philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. This book explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project. It does not cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy.

Influencing Virtual Teams

17 Tactics That Get Things Done with Your Remote Employees

Author: Hassan Osman

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530005147

Category: Virtual reality in management

Page: 68

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Learn the psychological secrets of persuasion that influence your remote employees to do what you need them to do. Stop chasing down your employees to make sure that their work is being done. In "Influencing Virtual Teams" you'll get step-by-step tactics that you can implement straightaway with your team to improve your team's engagement and commitment to doing their work. You'll learn: *How a single word can increase compliance by 33%. *How to make someone reply back to your emails (using only the subject line). *How to set deadlines so that they're met by your team. *What you need to do before, during and after every meeting to increase adoption rates. *How to ensure 100% commitment from a team member in six easy steps. *Using just four questions, how to know what your remote employees are really thinking. *How to leave the perfect voice message. *The secret formula for establishing trust with your team. And much, much more! Here's what's covered in the book: Tactic #1: One Word That Influences Your Virtual Team Tactic #2: Set Deadlines Tactic #3: Assign Responsibility Tactic #4: Explain Tasks Tactic #5: When Delegating Tasks, Write Them Out Tactic #6: The Secret Formula for Establishing Trust Tactic #7: Increase Reliability Among Your Team Tactic #8: Increase the Level of Likeability Tactic #9: Six Steps to Ensure 100% Commitment Tactic #10: Know What Someone Is Really Thinking Tactic #11: Leave the Perfect Voice Message Tactic #12: Write Assertive Emails Tactic #13: What You Should Do Before Every Meeting Tactic #14: What You Should Do During Every Meeting Tactic #15: What You Should Do After Every Meeting Tactic #16: Use Your Voice to Your Advantage Tactic #17: Make Your Emails Stand Out Using The Subject Line Would you like to learn more? Get the book and start managing your virtual team today. Scroll to the top of this page and click on the "Add to Cart" button.

A Manager's Guide to Improving Workplace Performance

Author: Roger Chevalier

Publisher: AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn

ISBN: 0814400531

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 212

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Winner of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Award of Excellence for 2008 Selected for the 2008 ISPI Award of Excellence for Outstanding Communication Foreword by Marshall Goldsmith While many supervisors know how to identify flaws in their employees+ performance, only the best managers truly know what it takes to fix the problem. A Manager+s Guide to Improving Workplace Performanc e offers a practical, step-by-step approach to guiding employees to excellence by analyzing their problem areas, developing creative solutions, and implementing change. Employee performance expert Roger Chevalier has helped thousands of managers and human resources professionals to bring out the best in their workers. Using case studies and real-life examples, he shows supervisors how to take their employees from good to great by: * using tools like the Performance Coaching Process, Performance Counseling Guide, and Performance Analysis Worksheets * tailoring the amount of direction and support to an employee+s specific abilities and motivations * applying the Situational Leadership model to teams and individual employees. Practical and authoritative, this book offers a positive, yet realistic solution for one of the greatest workplace challenges facing managers.

Ascent of the A-Word

Assholism, the First Sixty Years

Author: Geoffrey Nunberg

Publisher: PublicAffairs

ISBN: 1610391764

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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It first surfaced in the gripes of GIs during World War II and was captured early on by the typewriter of a young Norman Mailer. Within a generation it had become a basic notion of our everyday moral life, replacing older reproaches like lout and heel with a single inclusive category––a staple of country outlaw songs, Neil Simon plays, and Woody Allen movies. Feminists made it their stock rebuke for male insensitivity, the est movement used it for those who didn’t “get it,” and Dirty Harry applied it evenhandedly to both his officious superiors and the punks he manhandled. The asshole has become a focus of collective fascination for us, just as the phony was for Holden Caulfield and the cad was for Anthony Trollope. From Donald Trump to Ann Coulter, from Mel Gibson to Anthony Weiner, from the reality TV prima donnas to the internet trolls and flamers, assholism has become the characteristic form of modern incivility, which implicitly expresses our deepest values about class, relationships, authenticity, and fairness. We have conflicting attitudes about the A-word––when a presidential candidate unwittingly uttered it on a live mic in 2000, it confirmed to some that he was a man of the people and to others that he was a boor. But considering how much the word does for us, and to us, it hasn’t gotten nearly the attention it deserves––at least until now.

The Myths of Innovation

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 9781449399610

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 248

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In this new paperback edition of the classic bestseller, you'll be taken on a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas. Author Scott Berkun will show you how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world. With four new chapters on putting the ideas in the book to work, updated references and over 50 corrections and improvements, now is the time to get past the myths, and change the world. You'll have fun while you learn: Where ideas come from The true history of history Why most people don't like ideas How great managers make ideas thrive The importance of problem finding The simple plan (new for paperback) Since its initial publication, this classic bestseller has been discussed on NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and at Yale University, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Google, Amazon.com, and other major media, corporations, and universities around the world. It has changed the way thousands of leaders and creators understand the world. Now in an updated and expanded paperback edition, it's a fantastic time to explore or rediscover this powerful view of the world of ideas. "Sets us free to try and change the world."--Guy Kawasaki, Author of Art of The Start "Small, simple, powerful: an innovative book about innovation."--Don Norman, author of Design of Everyday Things "Insightful, inspiring, evocative, and just plain fun to read. It's totally great."--John Seely Brown, Former Director, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) "Methodically and entertainingly dismantling the cliches that surround the process of innovation."--Scott Rosenberg, author of Dreaming in Code; cofounder of Salon.com "Will inspire you to come up with breakthrough ideas of your own."--Alan Cooper, Father of Visual Basic and author of The Inmates are Running the Asylum "Brimming with insights and historical examples, Berkun's book not only debunks widely held myths about innovation, it also points the ways toward making your new ideas stick."--Tom Kelley, GM, IDEO; author of The Ten Faces of Innovation

Type Talk at Work (Revised)

How the 16 Personality Types Determine Your Success on the Job

Author: Otto Kroeger,Janet M. Thuesen,Hile Rutledge

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 0307574148

Category: Psychology

Page: 416

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What’s Your Type at Work? Are you one of those organized people who always complete your projects before they are due? Or do you put off getting the job done until the very last possible moment? Is your boss someone who readily lets you know how you are doing? Or does she always leave you unsure of precisely where you stand? Do you find that a few people on your team are incredibly creative but can never seem to get to a meeting on time? Do others require a specific agenda at the meeting in order to focus on the job at hand? Bestselling authors Otto Kroeger and Janet Thuesen make it easy to recognize your own type and those of your co-workers in Type Talk at Work, a revolutionary guide to understanding your workplace and thriving in it. fully revised and updated for its 10th anniversary, this popular classic now features a new chapter on leadership, showing you how to be more effective on the job. Get the most out of your employees—and employers—using the authors’ renowned expertise on typology. With Type Talk at Work, you’ll never look at the office the same way again! From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Future of Work

Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization

Author: Jacob Morgan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118877292

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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Throughout the history of business employees had to adapt to managers and managers had to adapt to organizations. In the future this is reversed with managers and organizations adapting to employees. This means that in order to succeed and thrive organizations must rethink and challenge everything they know about work. The demographics of employees are changing and so are employee expectations, values, attitudes, and styles of working. Conventional management models must be replaced with leadership approaches adapted to the future employee. Organizations must also rethink their traditional structure, how they empower employees, and what they need to do to remain competitive in a rapidly changing world. This is a book about how employees of the future will work, how managers will lead, and what organizations of the future will look like. The Future of Work will help you: Stay ahead of the competition Create better leaders Tap into the freelancer economy Attract and retain top talent Rethink management Structure effective teams Embrace flexible work environments Adapt to the changing workforce Build the organization of the future And more The book features uncommon examples and easy to understand concepts which will challenge and inspire you to work differently.

Confessions of a Public Speaker

Author: Scott Berkun

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 9781449388706

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers -- and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen -- Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It's a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes. With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you'll get new insights into the art of persuasion -- as well as teaching, learning, and performance -- directly from a master of the trade. Highlights include: Berkun's hard-won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC Practical advice, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrong The inside scoop on who earns $30,000 for a one-hour lecture and why The worst -- and funniest -- disaster stories you've ever heard (plus countermoves you can use) Filled with humorous and illuminating stories of thrilling performances and real-life disasters, Confessions of a Public Speaker is inspirational, devastatingly honest, and a blast to read.

Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers

Author: Dav Pilkey

Publisher: Scholastic UK

ISBN: 1407144200

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 144

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When we last saw George and Harold, they had been turned into evil zombie nerds. But why didn't Captain Underpants save them from this fate? Because Tippy Tinkletrousers and his time-travelling hijinks prevented George and Harold from creating Captain Underpants in the first place! Could this be the end for Captain Underpants?!!

Chasing the Rabbit: How Market Leaders Outdistance the Competition and How Great Companies Can Catch Up and Win, Foreword by Clay Christensen

Author: Steven Spear

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071641513

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 352

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Spear’s reputation as a thought leader is recognized by elite media, publications, and conferences including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Bloomberg Business Radio, the Shingo Prize, and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence The pioneering insights in Chasing the Rabbit are based on original thinking in the tradition of Jim Collins, C.K. Prahalad, Clayton Christensen, and Michael Porter. Spear is one of the most astute business thinkers and prolific writers to emerge in the recent past; his Harvard Business Review articles are among its most popular reprints. Spear is a four-time Shingo Prize winner and a winner of the McKinsey Award Includes examples from global market leaders including Toyota, Vanguard, Southwest Airlines, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Alcoa

Ask It

The Question That Will Revolutionize How You Make Decisions

Author: Andy Stanley

Publisher: Multnomah

ISBN: 1601427190

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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You’ll Never Make a Decision the Same Way Again Should I take this job? Buy this house? Marry this person? We ask questions every day about the choices we face. But are we asking the most important question of all? In Ask It, Andy Stanley identifies the one question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all other questions. You’ll learn how to make decisions with confidence simply by applying the question that brings clarity to life’s most challenging decisions.

Perfect Pitch

The Art of Selling Ideas and Winning New Business

Author: Jon Steel

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471789763

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 262

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The author of the "Adweek" bestseller "Truth, Lies & Advertising" now shows readers how the principles of advertising research and planning can be applied to the business of presenting and selling ideas.

Good Boss, Bad Boss

How to Be the Best... and Learn from the Worst

Author: Robert I. Sutton

Publisher: Business Plus

ISBN: 9780446558471

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Now with a new chapter that focuses on what great bosses really do. Dr. Sutton reveals new insights that he's learned since the writing of Good Boss, Bad Boss. Sutton adds revelatory thoughts about such legendary bosses as Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, A.G. Lafley, and many more, and how you can implement their techniques. If you are a boss who wants to do great work, what can you do about it? Good Boss, Bad Boss is devoted to answering that question. Stanford Professor Robert Sutton weaves together the best psychological and management research with compelling stories and cases to reveal the mindset and moves of the best (and worst) bosses. This book was inspired by the deluge of emails, research, phone calls, and conversations that Dr. Sutton experienced after publishing his blockbuster bestseller The No Asshole Rule. He realized that most of these stories and studies swirled around a central figure in every workplace: THE BOSS. These heart-breaking, inspiring, and sometimes funny stories taught Sutton that most bosses - and their followers - wanted a lot more than just a jerk-free workplace. They aspired to become (or work for) an all-around great boss, somebody with the skill and grit to inspire superior work, commitment, and dignity among their charges. As Dr. Sutton digs into the nitty-gritty of what the best (and worst) bosses do, a theme runs throughout Good Boss, Bad Boss - which brings together the diverse lessons and is a hallmark of great bosses: They work doggedly to "stay in tune" with how their followers (and superiors, peers, and customers too) react to what they say and do. The best bosses are acutely aware that their success depends on having the self-awareness to control their moods and moves, to accurately interpret their impact on others, and to make adjustments on the fly that continuously spark effort, dignity, and pride among their people.