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More Efficent or Dangerous Anarchy?

Hacking Work Bill Jensen Josh KleinHacking Work suggests bypassing stupid rules in the workplace makes individuals and organisations more efficient and effective. Or is it high risk anarchy?

Most people have been frustrated by rules and policies that make their work more difficult, often transferring time, and sometimes financial, cost to the individual for theoretical benefit to the organisation. Hacking Work attempts to show how people can bypass apparently stupid rules to the benefit of both the individual and the organisation. However, when the hacker does not properly understand the reasons for the rules there can be considerable risks for both the individual and the organisation.

Breaking Stupid Rules for Smart Results

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How to Use Uncertainty to Make Positive Changes in Career and Life

Getting Unstuck, CoverHow Dead Ends Become New Paths sums up this self-help guide to overcoming crisis and self-doubt by making it an opportunity for change based on one's deepest interests.

From time to time almost everyone becomes dissatisfied or uncomfortable with their life or career and it is often very unsettling; Timothy Butler suggests that this time of discomfort can be a precursor or opportunity for making a fresh start. In Getting Unstuck he sets out a way of actively using that Impasse to create Vision which will then allow the reader to Get Unstuck confident that he has a way forward with his life or career that reflects his personality, interests and beliefs.

The book is broken into three sections to take the reader through the stages from uncertainty to a new purpose in life that is true to the real person.

Impasse – “Feeling Stuck and Doubting Ourselves”

The first section is all about recognising the problem and facing the crisis which may vary from a nagging self-doubt to a feelings that might be construed as depression but as an appendix notes this is not usually the case. Most people feel stuck, in a rut, and have doubts. Butler makes it clear that this is an important phases to opening up and letting go so as to be able to move to a new understanding.

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Quick Thoughts

Has Military Action Ever Dissuaded Tyrants?

Syria - flagIn his speech before the war in Iraq Tony Blair, the UK Prime Minister, argued that not intervening would send a message that tyrants would feel at liberty to act without consequence. By military action in Iraq, he argued, those who would perpetrate atrocities would think twice. There would not seem to be any evidence, before or since, that would back up that contention.

We now have David Cameron, the current Prime Minister, making essentially the same arguments – do politicians ever learn from history?

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Government Spending is not Driver of Growth

Parliament Square London IC02001If more public spending is the only way to create growth then surely governments have become too large a part of the economy? Government is about spending and has little to do with creating wealth.

The best government can do is move wealth from individuals and business to those who serve government.

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Capped Bonuses, There May be Trouble Ahead

Politicians do not seem to be good at imagining unintended consequences. The cap on bankers’ bonuses, however popular, may be counter-productive in reducing risk.

Dark Stormy Skys and Beauty Often CoexistIf a smaller proportion of a trader’s income is at risk if a trade goes wrong they may pursue high-risk opportunities to get that big win. If it works they guarantee the full bonus and could also use it to negotiate a higher salary (and bonus) for the following year. If it fails the downside is limited by the capped bonus to a smaller part of overall income. At the end of the day traders are competitive and gamblers at heart so will they be more likely to pursue the big win when their own risk is limited?

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