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Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

"Do you feel it, too? That relentless pressure to sample all the good things in life? To do all the 'right' things? The reality is, you don’t make progress that way. Instead, you’re in danger of spreading your efforts so thin that you make no impact at all. Greg McKeown believes the answer lies in paring life down to its essentials. He can’t tell you what’s essential to every life, but he can help you find the meaning in yours.”

--
Daniel H. Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN and DRIVE

 

“Entrepreneurs succeed when they say "yes" to the right project, at the right time, in the right way. To accomplish this, they have to be good at saying "no" to all their other ideas. Essentialism offers concise and eloquent advice on how to determine what you care about most, and how to apply your energies in ways that ultimately bring you the greatest rewards.”

-- Reid Hoffman, co-founder/chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 NYT bestseller “The Start-up of You”

"Greg McKeown’s excellent new book is a much-needed antidote to the stress, burnout and compulsion to “do everything,” that infects us all. It is an Essential read for anyone who wants to regain control of their health, well-being, and happiness."  

-–Arianna Huffington, Co-founder, president, and editor in chief, Huffington Post Media Group”


Essentialism holds the keys to solving one of the great puzzles of life: how can we do less but accomplish more? A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked—in other words, everyone. It has already changed the way that I think about my own priorities, and if more leaders embraced this philosophy, our jobs and our lives would be less stressful and more productive. So drop what you’re doing and read it..”

--Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take

 

“As a self-proclaimed "maximalist" who always wants to do it all, this book challenged me and improved my life. If you want to work better, not just 
less, you should read it too.” 

- Chris Guillebeau, NYT bestselling author of The $100 Startup


"Great design takes us beyond the complex, the unnecessary and confusing, to the simple, clear and meaningful. This is as true for the design of a life as it is for the design of a product. With Essentialism, Greg McKeown gives us the invaluable guidebook for just such a project." 

-Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO

 

  "In Essentialism, Greg McKeown makes a compelling case for achieving more by doing less. He reminds us that clarity of focus and the ability to say ‘no’ are both critical and undervalued in business today."

-Jeff Weiner, ‎CEO, LinkedIn


"While everyone else is still leafing through 
Lean In or 
Outliers, get a competitive jump on the new year with....Essentialism... learn how to identify the right things, focus on getting them done, and forget the rest. In other words, 'do less, but better.'”
-Forbes


“Essentialism is a powerful antidote to the current craziness that plagues our organizations and our lives.  Read Greg McKeown’s words slowly, stop and think about how to apply them to your life – you will do less, do it better, and begin to feel the insanity start to slip away.” 

- Robert I. Sutton, Professor at Stanford University and author of Good Boss, Bad Boss and Scaling Up Excellence.


In a world of increasing chaos and complexity, the ideas and tools of Essentialism turn chaos into commitment and complexity into accomplishment.  This timely, well written book is a must read and do for any employee, manager, leader, or parent whoever  feels overwhelmed. It is truly the right book at the right time.

- Dave Ulrich, Professor, University of Michigan School of Business and Partner, the RBL Group

"Essentialism is a rare gem that will change lives.  Greg offers deep insights, rich context and actionable steps to living life at its fullest.  I've started on the path to an Essentialist way of life, and the impact on my productivity and well-being is profound."

  -Bill Rielly, Senior Vice President, Intel Security

"In this likeable and astute treatise on the art of doing less in order to do better...McKeown makes the content fresh and the solutions easy to implement. Following his lucid and smart directions will help readers find "the way of the essentialist" -
Success Magazine


"Essentialism will give you richer, sweeter results and put you in real control, giving greater precision to the pursuit of what truly matters.” 
-Forbes.com
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  • Chapter 1

    The Essentialist

    The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

    --Lin Yutang

    Sam Elliot1 is a capable executive in Silicon Valley who found himself stretched too thin after his company was acquired by a larger, bureaucratic business.

    1 Name has been changed.

    He was in earnest about being a good citizen in his new role so he said yes to many requests without really thinking about it. But as a result he would spend the whole day rushing from one meeting and conference call to another trying to please everyone and get it all done. His stress went up as the quality of his work went down. It was like he was majoring in minor activities and as a result, his work became unsatisfying for him and frustrating for the people he was trying so hard to please.

    In the midst of his frustration the company came to him and offered him an early retirement package. But he was in his early 50s and had no interest in completely retiring. He thought briefly about starting a consulting company doing what he was already doing. He even thought of selling his services back to his employer as a consultant. But none of these options seemed that appealing. So he went to speak with a mentor who gave him surprising advice: "Stay, but do what you would as a consultant and nothing else. And don't tell anyone." In other words, his mentor was advising him to do only those things that he deemed essential--and ignore everything else that was asked of him.

    The executive followed the advice! He made a daily commitment towards cutting out the red tape. He began saying no.

    He was tentative at first. He would evaluate requests based on the timid criteria, "Can I actually fulfill this request, given the time and resources I have?" If the answer was no then he would refuse the request. He was pleasantly surprised to find that while people would at first look a little disappointed, they seemed to respect his honesty.

    Encouraged by his small wins he pushed back a bit more. Now when a request would come in he would pause and evaluate the request against a tougher criteria: "Is this the very most important thing I should be doing with my time and resources right now?"

    If he couldn't answer a definitive yes, then he would refuse the request. And once again to his delight, while his colleagues might initially seem disappointed, they soon began respecting him more for his refusal, not less.

    Emboldened, he began to apply this selective criteria to everything, not just direct requests. In his past life he would always volunteer for presentations or assignments that came up last minute; now he found a way to not sign up for them. He used to be one of the first to jump in on an e‑mail trail, but now he just stepped back and let others jump in. He stopped attending conference calls that he only had a couple of minutes of interest in. He stopped sitting in on the weekly update call because he didn't need the information. He stopped attending meetings on his calendar if he didn't have a direct contribution to make. He explained to me, "Just because I was invited didn't seem a good enough reason to attend."

    It felt self-indulgent at first. But by being selective he bought himself space, and in that space he found creative freedom. He could concentrate his efforts one project at a time. He could plan thoroughly. He could anticipate roadblocks and start to remove obstacles. Instead of spinning his wheels trying to get everything done, he could get the right things done. His newfound commitment to doing only the things that were truly important--and eliminating everything else--restored the quality of his work. Instead of making just a millimeter of progress in a million directions he began to generate tremendous momentum towards accomplishing the things that were truly vital.

    He continued this for several months. He immediately found that he not only g
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 272
Erscheinungsdatum 15.04.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-8041-4083-6
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20.8/14.1/2 cm
Gewicht 310 g
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Die Erzähl-/Erklärform des Autors nervt schon nach zwanzig Seiten: Es wird weder eine Methodologie beschrieben, noch spielen Fakten eine Rolle in diesem Buch. Es ist einer dieser klassischen amerikanischen Ratgeber, in dem Sachverhalte durch „anecdotal facts“ „belegt“ werden. Das Schema: Auf jeder Seite wiederholen, dass alle, ... Die Erzähl-/Erklärform des Autors nervt schon nach zwanzig Seiten: Es wird weder eine Methodologie beschrieben, noch spielen Fakten eine Rolle in diesem Buch. Es ist einer dieser klassischen amerikanischen Ratgeber, in dem Sachverhalte durch „anecdotal facts“ „belegt“ werden. Das Schema: Auf jeder Seite wiederholen, dass alle, die dem beschriebenen „Prinzip“ nicht folgen (in diesem Fall „Essentialism“) gegenüber den Gläubigen... äh, Anhängern im Nachteil sind und auf ewig leiden werden, weil sie das große Geheimnis (das im Übrigen jeder Abiturient auf einer Seite zusammenfassen könnte), nicht kennen; den Leser durch Seiten voller Suggestivfragen in eine „Betroffenheit“ bringen und das Prinzip als Allheilmittel darstellen; weil absolut gar nichts an den Inhalten (außer den Zitaten anderer Wirtschaftsliteraturautoren) wissenschaftlich belegbar ist, enthält jedes Kapitel (1-2 Seiten max.) mindestens eine Geschichte der Form „the CEO of X back in the days did Y so that proves that Z (equals very trivial truth) is true. Oh by the way and between the lines, I know the CEO personally, great guy“. Für mich ist das Buch reine Verdummungsliterarur und die (beruflich verbundene) Person, die es mir als „erleuchtend“ beschrieb und empfahl, kann ich leider nicht mehr ernst nehmen, wenn sie „sowas“ inspiriert.