Home Book Reviews Interview With Sam Carpenter – Work the System

Interview With Sam Carpenter – Work the System

When you purchase through our sponsored links, we may earn a commission. By using this website you agree to our T&Cs.

Interview With Sam Carpenter –  Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less


With a background in engineering, construction, publishing and journalism, Sam Carpenter founded Centratel in 1984.  He resides in Bend, Oregon, which fits with his outside interest of mountaneering, skiing, cycling, reading, and traveling.  Other business enterprises include educational products, software, and consulting.  Sam is founder and director of Kashmir Family Aid, a non profit aiding surviving school children of the 2005 Pakistan and Kashmir earthquake.

[To buy the physical version, click on the book click here Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less .  For a free PDF copy, visit here. ]

 Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less , Third Edition, guides the reader in modifying his or her fundamental perception of the world, moving from an inaccurate vision of barely controlled chaos, to a more accurate one: that life is an orderly collection of individual linear systems each of which can be improved and perfected one at a time. The reader is guided through the process of ”getting” this new vision, and then through the specifics of applying it via Carpenter’s “system improvement” methodology.
For start-ups or multinationals, the methodology is simple, believable, and mechanical; not mystical or theoretical. Carpenter developed the “systems mindset” protocol in the business he purchased in 1984 and still owns today. With that company, he moved from an 80-100 hour workweek to a 2 hour workweek, while multiplying his income dozens of times over. He is CEO of an international business consulting firm, and several other spin-off businesses, as well as an international non-profit, all of which are operated in the same systems mindset fashion. With a diverse background in engineering, construction and business management, publishing, telecommunications and journalism, he calls his approach a “workingman’s philosophy.” See workthesystem.com.

 Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less will show the business owner how to achieve a positive macro result by looking at business and work on a micro level; by analyzing and refining the separate internal sub-systems, the systems that, added together, comprise the whole primary system business entity. Readers will learn how to “tweak” this “system of systems” in order to maximize profits, create client loyalty, and develop autonomous employees.
The strategies help business owners to quickly and dramatically improve performance as well as decrease the stress of being overtaxed and disorganized, ultimately resulting in a substantially shorter work week and a much-improved bottom line. See testimonials of readers at workthesystem.com/testimonials.

In an unusual publishing arrangement, Carpenter gives away his unabridged book in both PDF and audible formats via his website workthesystem.com. This adversely affects Amazon, NY Times, etc. book sales ratings but meets his objective of wide distribution. The book is also available in hard copy in multiple languages including Chinese, Russian, and Japanese.

Our Editorial Standards

At ValueWalk, we’re committed to providing accurate, research-backed information. Our editors go above and beyond to ensure our content is trustworthy and transparent.

Sheeraz Raza

Want Financial Guidance Sent Straight to You?

  • Pop your email in the box, and you'll receive bi-weekly emails from ValueWalk.
  • We never send spam — only the latest financial news and guides to help you take charge of your financial future.