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Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It. by Mitch Joel

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3D printing, Amazon Web Services, augmented reality, call centre, clockwatching, cloud computing, Firefox, future of work, ghettoisation, Google Chrome, Google Glasses, Google Hangouts, Khan Academy, Kickstarter, Kodak vs Instagram, Lean Startup, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, Network effects, new economy, Occupy movement, place-making, prediction markets, pre–internet, QR code, recommendation engine, Richard Florida, risk tolerance, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, social graph, social web, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Thomas L Friedman, Tim Cook: Apple, Tony Hsieh, white picket fence, WikiLeaks, zero-sum game

In this section, we’ll look at five major movements that are converging and how they will require businesses and the people who serve them to adapt like never before. In the second part of the book (“Reboot: You”), we’re going to get personal and talk about you. The fact is that not only will we need to understand these five major movements, but we’ll also have to reboot who we are and how we work. I have uncovered seven triggers that will help you (and the people you work with) transition from being a “jobber” (someone working nine-to-five, clock-watching, and waiting on your pension plan) to someone who is doing the work that you were meant to accomplish. That’s the real big idea here: The future of business isn’t about what’s written in a contract, it’s about what we do with every waking moment to make it count. These triggers apply to entrepreneurs or being an entrepreneur within an existing organization. You’re going to have to figure out what you want to be, because the future of business will be predicated on these new types of workers.

The lucky ones are concerned about how they’re going to reach the next plateau or get their full bonus at the end of the year, but there’s a huge swath of people who are mostly just trying to get by. These people are punching the clock and trying to make ends meet. They’re less concerned about where they’re going and much more concerned about not being let go from their jobs tomorrow. Beyond that, there are many people who are unemployed and would welcome the kind of misery that those clock-watchers are enduring. If you look at the global job market, things are not pretty. That was the crux of Thomas L. Friedman’s column on July 12, 2011, in the New York Times titled “The Start-Up of You.” His premise? The job market is not going to get any better, because the jobs of yesterday are gone and the companies with big valuations (he names Facebook, Twitter, etc.) aren’t looking for the types of workers that companies used to hire decades ago.


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Marx: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Singer

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clockwatching, means of production, Paul Samuelson, source of truth

It is a statement which contrasts oddly with what Marx says about communism in his comments on the Gotha Program – also a late work – which are as optimistic as any of the early statements. There Marx foresees the end of the ‘enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labour’ and a time when labour will become ‘not only a means of life, but life’s prime want’ (GP 569). The idea of labour as ‘life’s prime want’ is very different from the clock-watching attitude that takes the shortening of the working day as the prerequisite of freedom. It is, incidentally, in these comments on the Gotha Program that Marx proposes the celebrated principle of distribution for a communist society: ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs’. The principle is not original to Marx, and Marx places little emphasis upon it. He refers to it only in order to criticize those socialists who worry too much about how goods would be distributed in a socialist society.


Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity by Kwasi Kwarteng, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab, Chris Skidmore, Elizabeth Truss

Airbnb, banking crisis, Carmen Reinhart, central bank independence, clockwatching, creative destruction, Credit Default Swap, demographic dividend, Edward Glaeser, eurozone crisis, fear of failure, glass ceiling, informal economy, James Dyson, Kenneth Rogoff, knowledge economy, long peace, margin call, Mark Zuckerberg, Martin Wolf, megacity, Mexican peso crisis / tequila crisis, Neil Kinnock, new economy, North Sea oil, oil shock, open economy, pension reform, price stability, profit motive, Ronald Reagan, Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Walter Mischel, wealth creators, Winter of Discontent, working-age population, Yom Kippur War

In 2007, Sainsbury’s caused some controversy when the company praised the ‘superior’ work ethic of migrant workers from Eastern Europe, and expressed the hope that it would rub off on ‘domestic colleagues’. 11 Similarly, garden centre boss Richard Haddock complained that the school leavers allocated to him by the JobCentre were ‘unsuited for the world of work’. Last year, Indian steel tycoon Ratan Tata complained in a similar way that clock-watching UK managers were unwilling ‘to go the extra mile’, and seemed never to be found in the office past 3.30pm on a Friday.12 So much for Britain’s legendary Protestant work ethic. But how far can we generalise from anecdotal experience? Work Ethic 65 Idlers of the World? Historically, continental Europeans led the way when it came to hard work. In 1870, average working hours in the Netherlands, Germany and France were over 3,000 per year, considerably more than the US, Australia or Britain.13 Between the 1920s and 1970s, those countries converged on a downward trend.


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Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff by Dinah Sanders

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A. Roger Ekirch, Atul Gawande, big-box store, carbon footprint, clean water, clockwatching, cognitive bias, collaborative consumption, credit crunch, endowment effect, Firefox, game design, Inbox Zero, income per capita, index card, indoor plumbing, Internet Archive, Kevin Kelly, late fees, Marshall McLuhan, McMansion, Merlin Mann, side project, Silicon Valley, Stewart Brand

Let the bad choices go and give yourself just the things you’ll constantly use with pleasure. Symptom #39: Killing Time Solution #39: Living in the Present I know you all have ideas sitting in the back of your head; go out and start it. I mean, there's no reason not to. Don't be afraid. —Will Smidlein, teen entrepreneur Don’t live the life of having to make the time pass Don’t spend your time hanging on for tomorrow, clockwatching, and merely enduring. Do what you love whenever you can. Laugh long and hard at anyone who says you’re done living and that it’s time to buckle down to “real life,” by which they mean horrible dullness. There is absolutely no excuse for failing to notice repeatedly that existence is bloody brilliant! Fantastic things are going on all the time, even in the worst of times, if you only watch for them.

Dear Fatty by Dawn French

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affirmative action, British Empire, carbon footprint, clockwatching, Desert Island Discs, upwardly mobile

Tiny but effective measures were taken, e.g. the yanking up of bra straps to force teen bosoms into a more upright position, the rolling over of the waistband of the school kilt incrementally raising the hemline of the skirt, loosening of a button or two on the blouse, the careful arranging of a special magician’s-secret-type knot in the school tie which could be hoiked off in an instant without wasting the precious extra three seconds it would otherwise take to get it off at the end of the day. A tiny imperceptible amount of orangey Avon spot-cover and foundation and perhaps the merest hint of pale lipstick. The afternoon lessons were pointless on those days. We could not possibly concentrate. All we could think of was the imminence of boy time. We clock-watched and fidgeted our way through French and bloody vile double maths until, like New Year’s Eve, but silently, internally, we counted down the seconds to the end-of-the-day bell. Then, and only then, could we race to the loo, hastily slap on the full orange grouting and many, many, many layers of thick gloopy mascara, eyeshadow, blusher, roll-on deodorant, breath freshener, brush teeth, brush hair and let hang loose, roll up skirt even further, put on jewellery, spray Aquamanda perfume behind ears, on wrists, on crotch, whisk off tie – hey presto!


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Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself by Peter Fleming

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1960s counterculture, anti-work, call centre, clockwatching, commoditize, corporate social responsibility, creative destruction, David Graeber, Etonian, future of work, G4S, Goldman Sachs: Vampire Squid, illegal immigration, Kitchen Debate, late capitalism, Mark Zuckerberg, market bubble, market fundamentalism, means of production, neoliberal agenda, Parkinson's law, post-industrial society, profit maximization, profit motive, quantitative easing, Results Only Work Environment, shareholder value, The Chicago School, transaction costs, wealth creators, working poor

New York: Warner Books. Hanlon, G. (2007). ‘HRM Is Redundant? Professions, Immaterial Labor and the Future of Work’. In S.H. Bolton (ed.). Searching for the Human in Human Resource Management: Theory, Practice and Workplace Contexts. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, pp.263–280. Hardt, M. and Negri, A. (2000). Empire. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. Hart, A. (2014). ‘Why Everyone’s Started Clockwatching’. Stylist, 30 April. Harvey, D. (2001). Spaces of Hope: Towards a Critical Geography. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press. Harvey, D. (2014). Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism. New York: Profile. Hasek, J. (1973). The Good Soldier Svejk. London: Penguin Books. Hayek, F. (1960). ‘The Intellectuals and Socialism’. In George B. de Huszar (ed.). The Intellectuals: A Controversial Portrait.

K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain by Ed Viesturs, David Roberts

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British Empire, clockwatching, trade route

Then you have to put on your boots, your overboots, the rest of your clothes, and your harness. I always sleep with my boots in my sleeping bag, though not on my feet. Lots of climbers don’t. So in the morning they have to put on cold boots, which will instantly suck precious warmth from their feet, whose blood circulation is sorely taxed to begin with. That contributes to a bad start. On my expeditions, I’ve always been the clock-watcher. I always have a plan. I want to be in control of the time. In a way, that’s just part of my nature—I tend to be punctual. The night before, I’ll remind my partners, “We need to be out the door by one or one-thirty A.M.” Other climbers seem to have the attitude of “Oh, I’ll leave when I’m ready.” Next thing you know, they’ve lost two or three hours. So I have to think that a crucial mistake made by nearly all the climbers on August 1 was getting off late from Camp IV.


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A Very Strange Way to Go to War: The Canberra in the Falklands by Andrew Vine

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clockwatching, old-boy network, Ronald Reagan, trade route

Fog, rain, and glowering black clouds were the best protection a great white ship could have. She would sail the next night and go in for the landings on 21 May. CHAPTER ELEVEN Take Cover, Take Cover STEAK WAS served at breakfast, lunch and dinner on May 20, and if that had about it the air of a condemned man being offered a special meal before going to the gallows, then it chimed with the tension and clock-watching. Temporarily returning to cruise-ship fare for men about to go into action seemed entirely appropriate to Canberra’s officers; heaven alone knew what lay ashore, so the best they could do was give them the finest food on board, and as much of it as the soldiers wanted. Rudderham’s stock of fillet steak took a battering as the men of 42 Commando, for whom it had been an occasional treat, devoured it in the morning, afternoon and evening, all the more gleefully for knowing that the best 40 Commando and 3 Para could expect in the horribly cramped conditions of Fearless and Intrepid was stew.


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The Difference Engine by William Gibson, Bruce Sterling

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card file, clockwatching, Fellow of the Royal Society, Isaac Newton, Jacquard loom, Jacquard loom, Plutocrats, plutocrats, spinning jenny, the scientific method

There were other soldiers speckled through the crowd, bright in their red coats, the respectable sort, who didn't go for drabs and gin, but would take the Queen's pay, and learn gunnery arithmetic, and come back to work in the railroads and shipyards, and better themselves. The place was full of bettering-blokes, really: shopkeepers and store-clerks and druggists, with their tidy wives and broods. In her father's day, such people, Whitechapel people, had been angry and lean and shabby, with sticks in their hands, and dirks in their belts. But times had changed under the Rads, and now even Whitechapel had its tight-laced scrubfaced women and its cakey clock-watching men, who read the 'Dictionary of Useful Knowledge' and the 'Journal of Moral Improvement', and looked to get ahead. Then the gas-lights guttered in their copper rings, and the orchestra swung into a flat rendition of "Come to the Bower." With a huff, the limelight flared, the curtain drew back before the kinotrope screen, the music covering the clicking of kino-bits spinning themselves into place.


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A Life in Secrets by Sarah Helm

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anti-communist, British Empire, clockwatching, haute couture, large denomination, old-boy network

Her loyalty to him in later years, though still respectful, became almost maternal. Perhaps her indebtedness to him for his protection during her difficult times was such that she instinctively protected him in return when he came under attack for F Section's failings. There were occasionally small chinks in that loyalty—signs, almost, of rivalry. Asked once about the long hours Buckmaster worked at F Section, Vera scoffed, saying he was “the worst clock-watcher of all.” And she also allowed a difference of opinion to open up with her former boss over Déricourt. She had told me she never trusted Déricourt, and I soon discovered that in older age she had made a point of telling many people the same thing, even giving interviews for TV documentaries on the subject. Yet nobody pressed Vera to explain why, if that was the case, she had not ensured his conviction back in 1948.

Southeast Asia on a Shoestring Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

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active transport: walking or cycling, airport security, Alfred Russel Wallace, anti-communist, British Empire, call centre, car-free, carbon footprint, clean water, clockwatching, colonial rule, Google Earth, haute cuisine, indoor plumbing, large denomination, low cost carrier, Mason jar, megacity, period drama, Skype, South China Sea, spice trade, superstar cities, sustainable-tourism, trade route, urban sprawl, white picket fence, women in the workforce

The festivities centre on Chinatown’s main street, Th Yaowarat, but food shops and stalls all over the city post yellow flags to announce their meat-free status. Standard Thai dishes, like đôm yam and gaang kĕe·o wăhn, are transformed into vegetarian versions, while festival specific Hokkien-style yellow noodles are stir-fried with meaty mushrooms and big chunks of vegetables. Don’t cut those long noodles as they represent good luck. * * * SIAM SQUARE Food vendors on Soi Kasem San 1 do a brisk business of feeding hungry clockwatchers and lounging faràng (foreigners) ; they are masters at communicating with hand gestures. MBK Food Court THAI $ (6th fl, MBK, cnr Th Phra Ram I & Th Phayathai; dishes 40-60B; lunch & dinner; BTS National Stadium) The best introduction to street food a roving stomach could find. This mall food court has helpful English menus, cool air-con and all the standard dishes you’ll need to know in order to conquer the menu-less street stalls.