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Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It

I had some time this weekend and used it to catch up on some reading.  One of the books I read was Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson’sWhy Work Sucks and How to Fix It“.

Great book….but I wonder if the people that need to read it will read it.  I’m talking about the CEO’s and other leaders of organizations who need to be on board with the Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) mentality to actually fix the problem of why work sucks.

According to the book, work sucks because we are all still stuck in the industrial age mentality of what it means to “work”. I agree.  You no longer need to be ‘in the office eight hours a day’ to do your job….in fact, I can’t think of any knowledge worker position in existence today that shouldn’t be allowed to move into a ROWE position….if you can think of any, feel free to leave me a comment.

The biggest piece of knowledge that any manager/leader should take away from this book is the following:

Trust your employees. If you trust them, they’ll deliver.

A ROWE doesn’t work unless there is trust. Managers must trust their team to do the job.  Team members must trust each other and they must trust their manager.

NOTE: This book was provided by the publisher as an advanced review copy.

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Eric D. Brown, D.Sc. is a data scientist, technology consultant and entrepreneur with an interest in using data and technology to solve problems. When not building cool things, Eric can be found outside with his camera(s) taking photographs of landscapes, nature and wildlife.
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