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    Take the book with a grain of salt? Really? Why?

    I purchased the audio version of Rework this morning and am about 2/3 of the way through the book. So far, I agree with most of their (37s) platitudes. The book seems to be the younger sibling of Seth Godin’s book, Linchpin.

    Both Linchpin and Rework are worth far more than a simple grain of salt.

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    Justin R.

    @iamkevinjohnson The reason you take that book with a grain of salt (and pretty much any book that purports to tell you how to run your business better) is because what works in one situation may not work in another.

    Their claims that this is what they’ve done for 10 years and it’s worked is fine; it worked for them. When Jack Welch made Six Sigma all the management rage in the mid 1990’s, everyone followed that too. Did it make businesses more profitable or better? For some, sure. For others, it was a waste of time.

    Do I agree with the points in the book? Yes and no. I think some of the points are very general. Are meetings toxic? No agenda, pointless meetings are, sure. Should you not write a functional specifications document for your software? If you’re the only one building it, maybe you don’t need it, but if you’re in an organization with stakeholders and employees…you’re going to want to listen to their needs and get sign off on what you’re doing.

    Ask 10 successful business leaders what works for them, you’ll get 10 different answers. Put those 10 in a room, they’ll agree on three general ideas that make businesses work better. Implement those three ideas, and maybe only half of one works for you.

    My philosophy? Take it all in with a grain of salt, and adapt the ideas as needed to work best for your company or situation.

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