Carnegie-Leadership Book Group

07/26/2012 12:00 pm

This month we are reading Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. "Rework shows you a better, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're better off ignoring the competition. The truth is you need less than you think. (from the inside front flap.)"

The Nonprofit Network and Jackson District Library have teamed up to help create a place to share in discussion of leadership, business and management books. It is a great way for our leaders in the community to meet and share ideas and thoughts from different perspectives.

Register at:  or you can just show up. MEETINGS ARE HELD IN THE CARNEGIE AUDITORIUM.

Books are available for checkout at Jackson District Library Carnegie Building Reference Desk.

Even if you have not read the book, we would love to hear what you have to say on the topics we discuss. Bring your lunch or order it when you register.

If you have any questions call the Jackson District Library Reference desk at 517-788-4087 ext. 1339



Useful Information for any situation

As I have been reading this book I am realizing that this title would be useful to many people. The concepts can transfer to day to day life not just to businesses.

In the book they really stress that having uninterrupted work time is important because just like sleep, it takes a while before you are in the zone, in REM sleep. "Getting into the zone takes time and requires avoiding interruptions. It's like REM sleep: You don't just go directly into REM sleep. You go to sleep first and then make your way to REM. Any interruptions for you to start over. And just as REM is when the real sleep magic happens, the alone zone is where the real productivity magic happens. (Rework pg. 105)"  This idea really is useful to the professional running a business but also to the stay at home parent as well.

I also have compared this idea to another idea from "Touchpoints" the title we have read before in the group. They recommended embracing interruptions. Make them a "touchpoint," part of learning in your day, get something from every interruption, so I thought there was a contradiction. Then I remembered that they also said to designate a certain amount of time each day for no interruptions.

It was a great eye opener to realize that many of the suggestions in the titles we read do correspond. We have noticed this before in our group and this was one of the many I wanted to highlight.

Rework is an easy read with alot to offer any reader!