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The Year Without Pants: An interview with author Scott Berkun


Scott Berkun has written a brilliant insider account of the insights he gained from his time working for Automattic/ He shares the lessons he learned about the future of work and how the culture of work most of us know must innovate and get things done or perish.
Most of us are familiar with work cultures that are not always transparent, flexible or focused on providing clarity and building trust. Some of us work in environments that claim to encourage X but reward and promote Y.
If you want to spend less time in meetings and more time doing the hard work that builds companies, I’d encourage you to read Scott’s book. It is as entertaining as it is informative. You won’t be disappointed.
Scott was one of our original blog guides/leaders when the Post a Day Challenge was launched in 2011. He helped many bloggers find their way and develop their craft. He has written and published several other books. I enjoyed reading this book and I know you will too.
Elizabeth Obih-Frank

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Scott Berkun is the author of four previous books and a sought-after speaker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, National Public Radio, and The Huffington Post. From 2010 to 2012 Scott led Team Social at Automattic. The Year Without Pants: and the future of work recounts his experiences and reflections on leading a distributed team at Automattic. We recently got the chance to ask Scott a few questions about the book and his time at Automattic.

Give us a little insight into the title of the book, The Year Without Pants: and the future of work. What does being pantsless, or pants-free have to do with the future of work?
Scott Berkun: A recent Gallup Poll showed 71% of workers…

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57 Comments leave one →
  1. 18/09/2013 12:30 am

    Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? What changes do you think we need in the world of work?


  2. 18/09/2013 1:09 am

    hi Eliz,
    congrats for your book review –
    I tried a similar one at


    • 19/09/2013 10:48 pm

      Thank you for checking in on me Frizz.. It’s been a while I know, and I look forward to reconnecting with you and many others. Will check out your post shortly. 🙂


  3. 18/09/2013 4:09 am

    Hello stranger! Good to see you posting again 🙂

    Hope you are well xx


    • 19/09/2013 10:54 pm

      Hi dear one,
      Yes, it’s been a while and I must say that getting back on track hasn’t been a snap. TY for staying connected and hope to be back in the groove. 🙂


  4. 18/09/2013 6:30 am

    Sounds like a book in would enjoy reading. Thank for sharing. Hope all is well. God Bless


    • 06/11/2013 12:53 am

      TY for your kind comment… I skipped by your comment accidentally, but glad I checked in again. How are you doing? Hope all is well with you too… As for me, comme ci comme ça. All will be well. 🙂


      • 06/11/2013 7:41 pm

        You very welcome and I truly understand! I know how that can be, I’m just recoverying from surgery! Good hear from you! Many Blessings 🙂


  5. parentsfriend permalink
    18/09/2013 6:39 am

    So glad you sent me this. Pinned it; Do have one concern, works for the highly creative person with gobs of integrity; not so productive with many others. Stay strong. I am struggling, but moving ahead.


    • 19/09/2013 11:49 pm

      TY for the pin Kathleen… For some reason, it took a while to find it. Glad to reconnect with you… Hope you are doing a bit better every day. Sending prayers and hugs.


  6. 18/09/2013 7:53 am

    Elizabeth, are you back.Missing you lots!


    • 20/09/2013 12:24 am

      Dear Celestine, TY for your welcome. I’ve missed you too. Slowly making my way back and appreciate the love. Hope all is well with you and yours?


  7. InsideJourneys (@InsideJourneys) permalink
    18/09/2013 8:34 am

    Welcome back, Elizabeth! Will give you a call soon.
    Interesting and funny title to which I can relate. I’ve done the last several years without pants precisely because I wanted work to be different. It wasn’t as lucrative but I’m so happy to be able to continue doing what I love, with or without pants!


  8. 18/09/2013 12:53 pm

    So happy to see a post from you today! Hope this means you are baaaccckkkk!


  9. 18/09/2013 1:06 pm

    Oh I’ve missed you! I came to check just a couple of days ago, welcome back dear lady 🙂


    • 06/11/2013 1:12 am

      Hi lady! TY for checking in… Yes, it’s been a while but a lot going on offline for sure… Hope all’s well with you and yours? 🙂


  10. 18/09/2013 2:15 pm

    Elizabeth, where have you been?! So good to see you 😀


  11. 18/09/2013 8:01 pm

    I was so pleased to see you in my in box. I haven’t read the book but the interview touches on two key issues in the workplace: trust and clarity. Insightful, courageous CEO’s learn to build that, but all too few. They rely on what they know.


    • 06/11/2013 1:17 am

      TY Lynne and so good to hear from you… How are you and Ron doing? Hope all is well. I enjoyed the book and the insights Scott shared. Sadly, many fall back on old tactics. 🙂


  12. 18/09/2013 9:59 pm

    I was so glad to see your name in my reading list! I love your book review! But I’m mostly just glad to hear from you! 🙂


    • 06/11/2013 1:19 am

      TY sweet one! I miss reading your blog and everyone else’s too. TY for enjoying the review. I tried to keep it short and direct. Scott did a great job!


  13. 19/09/2013 10:15 am

    Nice to read a blog from you again! Like many of the other commenters I’ve missed you, but also know how tough it is to keep up with blogging. I’ve slowed down quite a bit myself. Hope all is well with you! 🙂


    • 06/11/2013 1:25 am

      TY Karen! I missed all of you too… I went on hiatus to take care of pressing matters… Blogging is easy, life isn’t always. Glad to reconnect. 😉


  14. 20/09/2013 12:25 am

    TY dear friends for your comments and well wishes! I will reply to all of them over the weekend and return the love. More later. ❤


  15. 20/09/2013 7:15 am

    Hi Eliz. Glad to see you’re back. Missed you lots! Scott is a great guy! I have some of his books.

    Most importantly, I’m so glad you are back.


    • 06/11/2013 1:27 am

      TY dear one! Glad to hear from you… It was an excellent read and I loved his approach to his research and writing of the book. Hope you are doing well. 🙂


  16. 22/09/2013 3:53 pm

    Welcome back, Eliz! 🙂
    Sorry to say, I haven’t read the book.


  17. 22/09/2013 7:48 pm

    Welcome back Eliz!!! You’ve been awol!

    Good to see you blogging again. 🙂


    • 06/11/2013 1:32 am

      I’m working my way back in after a hiatus… TY for the vote of confidence and looking forward to reading and commenting again. 🙂


  18. 29/09/2013 3:20 pm

    It’s nice to see you posting again! 🙂


  19. 05/10/2013 10:26 am

    Wow. I just popped by on the off chance and saw this post. I’m just so pleased to see you may be back. You’ve been very missed


  20. 09/10/2013 8:31 am

    lovely to see you Eliz…really lovely


  21. 20/10/2013 1:57 pm

    Hey Eliz, Love Scott’s Books, this one I have to get is on my AMazon wish list next. I am In college full time for Bus Mgmt….I am not ignoring you..never forgetting you and this four years on wordpress together and our friendship…which I adore, along with your daughter. My daughter is 19 and 2nd yr in college- they grow before our eyes. My father passed Aug 4, 2013, been through so much, moved to a tiny apartment. I need your prayers. Love ya like a sister, Jackie


    • 06/11/2013 1:39 am

      Hi Jackie, First my deepest condolences go out to you and your loved ones over your dad’s passing… I’m so sorry and sad to read this. How are you coping? How can I help you? I have been on hiatus from blogging for several months so you haven’t ignored me at all. TY for stopping by and hugs and blessings to you and your family…


  22. 30/10/2013 9:51 pm

    Oh, wow! That is an amazing experience to be up close with such a talented person.


  23. 06/11/2013 1:41 am

    TY IT! The book is terrific.. but I haven’t been up close; it would be nice to meet the people who made it happen. 🙂


  24. 06/11/2013 2:08 am

    I meant to tell you, by the way, that I’m having a book published around December, “Living Life Backwards, and I’m very excited about it


  25. 18/11/2013 4:13 pm

    So are you really back, Eliz?
    I haven’t been receiving any of your posts if are.


  26. Gede Prama permalink
    18/11/2013 10:01 pm

    Interesting article, Thanks and regards



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