Synopses & Reviews
Praise for Maynard Webb and Rebooting Work
"You can't have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you. Rebooting Work shows you how to make the right changes to get the most out of work—and life."
—Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo!
"Maynard Webb is one of those rare individuals who sees tremendous possibility where others see problems. In Rebooting Work, he applies to individuals the same intuition and expertise that helped leading companies embrace technology and prosper. This is a terrific guide for anyone who wants not just a fulfilling career but also a fulfilling life."
—Howard Schultz, chairman, president, and CEO, Starbucks Coffee Company
"The world is changing faster than ever. The social, mobile, and cloud technologies that are being rapidly adopted provide amazing new opportunities to engage with customers and employees, and fundamentally change the way we need to manage our companies. Rebooting Work outlines how tomorrow's successful companies must completely rethink how they work to engage and motivate people."
—Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com; author, Behind the Cloud
"Rebooting Work covers a fascinating topic—the future of work—and nobody is better qualified to write about it than legendary Silicon Valley company builder Maynard Webb."
—Marc Andreessen, cofounder and general partner, Andreessen Horowitz; cofounder, Netscape Communications
"Maynard is one of the most effective leaders I have ever worked with. He knows how to blend innovation with execution at scale. Rebooting Work shares the practical insights and lessons from his experience."
—John Donahoe, president and CEO, eBay
"In order to succeed you must have the courage to take risks. Rebooting Work outlines the reasons to choose change and gives readers a foundation for success."
—Brad Smith, president and CEO, Intuit
To remain competitive as the job market rebounds, both leaders and individuals need to reconcieve the idea of how we work. Although we are living in an entirely new era of computing with entirely new tools and possibilities, we are viewing work the same way we always have. We have one job; we go
to work; we put in set hours. This is the same way we worked 100 years ago. It’s time to recognize that we can no longer tackle today’s issues with antiquated solutions.
Maynard Webb, called a “clear leader in the future of work” by Surj Patel of GigaOm, offers a compelling look at the changing nature of work and shares ideas and lessons learned over an exciting, varied, and unlikely career. Through rich examples in technology, education, medicine and nonprofits, Webb clearly explains these changes—and why they matter. Most importantly, Webb reveals how workers can leverage these changes and improve their careers and their lives.
In this book, Webb demonstrates how to harness technology in a way that will make our companies more profitable, our country more competitive, and our environment better off. It will allow people to become more productive at work and also spend more time with their families at home. It shows that the next killer app is work.
Webb identifies that a paradigm shift is already under way. But this book isn’t just a big picture of what is happening. Through a unique framework, Webb identifies 4 different philosophies around work. It organizes those who are self-motivated versus those who are waiting to be discovered and aims to give readers the tools to become more self-actualized, happier and more fulfilled in their careers. With personalzied worksheets and empowering action-oriented advice, this book demonstrates how we can leverage this transformation to create better job opportunities and foster more balanced lives.
From Silicon Valley leader Maynard Webb, how we can leverage technology to change how we work
Maynard Webb has always been the go-to guy when Silicon Valley companies have thorny problems. Whether revamping eBay's crashing servers (transforming their technology weaknesses into a competitive strength) or investing in emerging technology start-ups, Webb brings strategic and operational savvy to every issue and venture. In his first book, Webb brings this same focus to tackle outdated models of work, created a century ago, which no longer sync up with either individual or employers' needs.
Through a unique framework, Webb identifies 4 different mindsets around work (the company man, CEO of your own destiny, disenchanted employee, and the aspiring entrepreneur). It organizes those who are self-motivated versus those who are waiting to be discovered and aims to give readers the tools to become more self-actualized, happier, and ultimately more fulfilled in their careers. In identifying a paradigm shift that is already under way, Webb demonstrates clearly how to harness technology to embrace our own personal happiness, allowing people to become more productive at work and also spend more time with their families.
- Contains a framework that demonstrates how we can leverage technology to create better job opportunities and foster more balanced lives
- Written by Maynard Webb, chairman of LiveOps, former COO of e-Bay, founder of Webb Investment Network (WIN), and board member of Yahoo! and salesforce.com
- Includes personalized worksheets and empowering action-oriented advice
Rebooting Work reveals how anyone can take control of his or her own future, finding greater fulfillment, productivity, and happiness.
"Maynard Webb's old-school belief in working hard and shooting for the stars, combined with his understanding of cutting-edge technology, is the playbook for winning at whatever you do."
, CEO, San Francisco 49ers
Maynard Webb has always been the go-to guy when Silicon Valley companies have tough problems. Whether revamping eBay's crashing servers (transforming a potential technological disaster into a competitive strength) or investing in emerging technology start-ups, Webb brings strategic and operational savvy to every issue and venture. In his first book, Webb brings this same focus to tackle outdated models of work, created a century ago, which no longer sync up with either individual or employers' needs.
Through a unique framework that demonstrates how we can leverage technology to create better job opportunities and foster more balanced lives, Webb identifies four different mindsets around work—the Company Man or Woman, CEO of Your Own Destiny, the Disenchanted Employee, and the Aspiring Entrepreneur—which distinguish individuals who are self-motivated from those who are waiting to be discovered. By better understanding which of these mindsets best represents your own attitude and how to adapt and move from one frame to another, you'll gain the tools to become more self-actualized and ultimately more fulfilled in your career.
In identifying a paradigm shift that is already under way, Webb demonstrates clearly how everyone—employers and employees—can harness technology to become more productive at work, embrace personal happiness, and even spend more time with our families. With personalized worksheets and empowering action-oriented advice, Rebooting Work will help anyone reap the benefits of reimagining the way we approach work today.
About the Author
is the chairman (and former CEO) of LiveOps and a board member at both salesforce.com and Yahoo! Previously he was the COO of eBay. He is the founder of the Webb Investment Network (WIN) as well as the Webb Family Foundation. He lives with his wife, Irene, in Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit www.rebootingwork.com.
Carlye Adler is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. She is co- author, with Marc Benioff, of Behind the Cloud and The Business of Changing the World, as well as coauthor of The Dragonfly Effect. She lives in New York. For more information, please visit www.carlyeadler.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword: The Benchmark of Success ix
Part 1 Why Work Isn't Working
1 Changing Work 3
2 Technology: Powering the Future of Work 11
Part 2 Reframing How We Think About Work
3 The Framework 27
4 Frame 1: The Company Man or Woman 41
5 Frame 2: CEO of Your Own Destiny 61
6 Frame 3: The Disenchanted Employee 79
7 Frame 4: The Aspiring Entrepreneur 105
8 The Age of Entrepreneurship 123
Conclusion: Break New Snow 133
Part 3 Getting Started
Appendix A The Worksheet 141
Appendix B Worksheet Examples 147
Appendix C Services You Should Know About 157
About the Authors 175