180 Business Hacks

Little Changes, Big Difference

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Pub Date 9 Jan 2025 | Archive Date Not set
John Murray Press | Nicholas Brealey Publishing

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180 of the sharpest and stickiest ways to get better results at work

"Flip the org chart and put the customer on top."
"Write the press release before you start development."
"Give someone busy more work to do."

In 180 Business Hacks, you'll find these and 177 other surprising, sharp and inspiring ways to get better results at work. These cheat codes will help you succeed by shifting the way you think about business problems. Conventional thinking gets you conventional results but often the stickiest ideas are small. And like tiny cracks, they eventually turn into in something bigger.

The hacks are organized into 9 themed chapters (Innovation, Strategy, Structure, Management, Analysis, Portfolio, Change, Impact and Effectiveness) so you can find them quickly, but for best results just flip through and open at random. You'll always find something unexpected to add to your daily routine.

180 of the sharpest and stickiest ways to get better results at work

"Flip the org chart and put the customer on top."
"Write the press release before you start development."
"Give someone busy more...

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This was a quick read that I read in about a day. This book sort of reminded me of Zero to One and I loved it. The information was concise and gave me so many ideas for how to approach different tasks and problems. If you’re a fan of gaining a great deal of knowledge without having to read hundreds of pages this book is for you. I’m such a fan of it and encourage anyone with a business or managerial position to check this one out.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the arc.

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Some interesting ideas and tips that really make you think. A very quick read that keeps things simple. Definitely worth a read.

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Lovely book with 180 ideas or hacks for different areas of business and professional life. Some of them represent wisom, some tell a story, some give you and example. Overall you can find short descriptions if 180 ideas on how to be more efficient and productive, to deal with people and lead teams, to build strategy and execute plans, innovate, manage situation and people, analyze and learn. Nice and short book.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who has the desire to improve their performance at work or anyone in a leadership position. So often we start a job with an enthusiastic energy and it drains. We wonder what has happened and why has the job become sort of stale. This book was great in motivating me to become a better leader and employee. The ideas are simple but very effective. The author has put many great techniques in a short but powerful read to make us better as people and employees. Most definitely would recommend this book to a coworker!

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Gives you a lot of ideas in a lot of different directions. Could have been better structured in my opinion.

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Roel de Graaf has compiled an impressive list of “hacks.” Each is presented in groups and with short paragraph descriptions. Many come with a citation to the originator (author, book). As you read through them, you’ll need to discern which ones apply. Many overlap. The short descriptions whet your appetite but won’t allow you to execute the idea fully: for that, you’ll need to dive into the original source on those or look for other references. Some hacks overlap and seem redundant. Others are contradictory—but that’s okay at times. Business is full of contradictions, like there’s good friction (a slowing effect that keeps you from making a mistake) and bad friction (a slowing effect that hinders progress). Or adages like “never give up” but you want to also “fail fast and adapt.” The author doesn’t spend time to sort out the contradictions or the overlaps or describe what scenarios are appropriate for any particular hack. You’re on your own for that.

Still, this is a worthwhile collection if you need to learn from others’ experiences or thoughts or you need to drive your wheels out of a business rut.

I’m appreciative of the publisher for providing an advanced copy.

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