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Jason Fried: Why work doesn't happen at work

www.ted.com Jason Fried has a radical conception of working that the place of work isn’t a Good place to do it. At TEDxMidwest he lays out the primary problems (call them the M&Ms) and deals three tips to make work work.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of one of the best talks and performances from the TED Convention, where the arena’s leading thinkers and doers supply the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have integrated Al Gore on local weather exchange, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on gazing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Misplaced” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of thriller. TED stands for Technology, Leisure, Design, and TEDTalks duvet these themes as well as science, trade, building and the humanities. Closed captions and translated subtitles in plenty of languages at the moment are to be had on TED.com, at www.ted.com Watch a highlight reel of the top 10 TEDTalks at www.ted.com
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24 Comments

  • 52111centrumcz

    June 4, 2012 4:27 pm
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    Um…he’s actually talking about make work. Its work that people do and think? it needs doing (like writing ISO manuals and keeping records for ISO9001:2000) which actually if not done would have no discernible impact….

  • 52111centrumcz

    June 4, 2012 4:46 pm
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    Interesting is that the most productive people I have met in my life have been exactly like humby49 – solitary and reclusive. Not talking about jobs like data? farms or McDonalds.

  • 52111centrumcz

    June 4, 2012 5:11 pm
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    There is a large spanish cooperative? company…can’t remember the name right now. – mondragon?

  • SeventhSun

    June 4, 2012 5:19 pm
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    ???? Discipline comes when there is an important task at? hand.

  • evilclown99

    June 4, 2012 6:04 pm
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    I like working at home because it gives me more time to? fuck the dog and take more masturbation breaks.

  • HazedNote

    June 4, 2012 6:15 pm
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    Oh, come on. He meant third world country businesses. Pretty sure someone speaking? at TED isn’t naive enough to think there’s NO offices in Africa.

  • Pokiehl007

    June 4, 2012 7:09 pm
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    It’s not that they want the workers to feel uncomfortable. It’s a trust? and control issue. They don’t trust the workers to get the job done and/or they fear the loss of control.

  • carolynglitters

    June 4, 2012 7:21 pm
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    sounds like? someone with little discipline.

  • degen83

    June 4, 2012 7:45 pm
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    Some days its exactly what he says, so much going on that you can’t get anything done. Other days I have a huge amount of time to myself at work to get stuff done, it depends on the day and what projects we have going on. I do work better from home at times, but there are parts of my job that I have to be on site at work to do. This guy has some good points but seems? to be focused on certain corporate jobs. A lot of jobs you have to be on site, construction, food, etc.

  • abusehername

    June 4, 2012 8:35 pm
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    I? want him as my boss.

  • XianBlackman

    June 4, 2012 9:22 pm
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    The best way to approach this experiment would be giving potential small business owners the opportunity to join co-operative industries and manage a share of the company. Who would fund and organize these ventures I’m not sure, possibly? several sources. People independently start these companies all the time and they are far more efficient and successful than independent small business owners. One way people work more independently and efficiently.

  • XianBlackman

    June 4, 2012 9:29 pm
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    What he seems to be getting at is workers self management. Anarchists and Socialists have been talking about this as early as the 1800s. There hasn’t really been many examples of this happening? in history, other than the Paris Commune and the Spanish Revolution nothing recent anyways so who really knows how effective it would be in a modern era. (cot’d)

  • GeorgiaDiaconescu

    June 4, 2012 9:33 pm
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    and that means? that.. ?

  • BravoSquirrel

    June 4, 2012 10:02 pm
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    With exception a? very select few, every meeting I’ve ever attended is an incredible waste of time.

  • MomoTheBellyDancer

    June 4, 2012 10:28 pm
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    By the way: what this man says? goes completely against Agile processes.

  • MomoTheBellyDancer

    June 4, 2012 10:32 pm
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    The problem is: If you don’t instantly respond to the demands to coworkers, you’re? seen as antisocial and “not a team player”.

  • trinitymike

    June 4, 2012 11:05 pm
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    A lot of us DO, though….it really depends on what you do and what you want to be doing down the line. If you love your job, it stops? being about the hours and starts becoming about the thing you are creating.

  • SnoozieQZ

    June 4, 2012 11:19 pm
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    Actually a lot of employees don’t want to be handed company laptops and work from home, because? that means the company can more easily take advantage of its employees and demand that they put in more hours than they should have to (late nights, weekends, etc). Employees are smart to not want to be handed an electronic leash.

  • trinitymike

    June 4, 2012 11:52 pm
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    They ARE ‘real jobs’; they are just different types than what? you do.

  • MrGalt

    June 5, 2012 12:19 am
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    These don’t sound like real jobs. At my last job I wish I could have told my supervisor, “Man, get off my back. I could drill this well a lot better after lunch. Hold my? hardhat while I go check my tweets.”

  • PastTime777

    June 5, 2012 1:00 am
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    The cube farm is the problem. Too much noise. 50 people in a room in? 5×5 cells, I can hear everyone. People need offices with walls that go to the ceiling.

  • xjustamem0ryx

    June 5, 2012 1:17 am
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    close enough? 😉

  • trinitymike

    June 5, 2012 2:16 am
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    Really? Thandie Newton’s was far less enlightening then this one….and that’s just the one I can think of? off-hand…TED sometimes has really pointless talks…

  • trinitymike

    June 5, 2012 3:10 am
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    Well, I made it very clear that I ‘gang’ my? email replies and if you want an answer other than the two 1/2 hour periods a day I set aside to reply to email, then either look it up yourself or make a brief phonecall to me.

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