Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Most Important Things Done--Now!

Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Most Important Things Done--Now!

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by Jones Loflin, Todd Musig
     
 

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What do you do when your life feels as busy as a three-ring circus?

Juggling Elephants tells a simple but profound story about one man with a universal problem. Mark has too much to do, too many priorities, too much stress, and too little time.

As he struggles to balance his many responsibilities without cracking under the pressure, Mark takes a

Overview

What do you do when your life feels as busy as a three-ring circus?

Juggling Elephants tells a simple but profound story about one man with a universal problem. Mark has too much to do, too many priorities, too much stress, and too little time.

As he struggles to balance his many responsibilities without cracking under the pressure, Mark takes a break to attend the circus with his family. There he has a surprising conversation with a wise ringmaster. He leaves with a simple but powerful lesson: Trying to get everything done is like juggling elephants -- impossible.

So Mark begins to think about his work, family, and personal life the way a ringmaster thinks about the many acts in a three-ring circus. He discovers that managing his various acts can be fun and easy once he changes his attitude and follows his new friend's ongoing guidance. Mark soon realizes:

 • If you keep trying to juggle elephants, no one, including you, will be thrilled with your performance.
 • A ringmaster cannot be in all three rings at once.
 • The key to the success of a circus is having quality acts in all three rings.
 • Intermission is an essential part of any good circus.

Juggling Elephants is a wonderfully lighthearted guide for everyone who feels like they're about to be squashed. It will help you better focus your time and energy, so you'll be able to enjoy more of the things that are important to you. Above all, it will teach you how to run your circus, instead of letting the circus run you.

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Publishers Weekly

In this fun parable written by corporate trainers Loflin and Musig, the hero, Mark, gets more than just an afternoon of family time out of a visit to the circus with his daughter-he gets a new way of organizing his life. Using the extended metaphor of the three-ring circus, this short volume is written as a dialogue between Mark and his ringmaster mentor, who teaches him how to better coordinate the activities happening in each ring. Readers who take themselves too seriously might have trouble getting past the large print, circus illustrations and a dialogue style more commonly found in children's books. But the book passes along several circus maxims that easily translate to balancing professional and personal relationships as well as one's personal pursuits, such as "the ringmaster cannot be in all three rings at once" and "the key to the success of the circus is having quality acts in all three rings." While the advice is not new, the presentation helps it stick in your head, increasing the odds of keeping your act together. (Sept. 6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591841715
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/06/2007
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
611
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jones Loflin is an internationally recognized speaker and corporate trainer. He also lectures widely about the bestselling book Who Moved My Cheese?
Todd Musig has more than twenty years of experience in training, marketing, and consulting at organizations such as Franklin-Covey and AchieveGlobal. He is currently the CEO of Previdence Corporation.

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Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Most Important Things Done--Now! 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RevDocRandy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It's a quick read (always a good thing)! The best thing about the book is that is creative and memorable. It's memorable because it describes life as a three-ring circus. If we're going to live well in the three-ring circus, then we must become better ringmasters. If you're looking for a way to manage your circus better, this book is worth a read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It makes so much sense!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the parables in the book and the use of the circus to be entertaining but yet consistently true. A quick business read that¿s entertaining. I like the twist it put on time management, its more like life management. I was so impressed that I pasted the book around the office, I've yet to get it back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy business parables, this is a good one. The images of trying to juggle elephants and becoming the ringmaster of your life are all vivid and instantly memorable, as is the parallel of life management mapped as a three-ring circus. Jones Loflin and Todd Musig keep the story engaging and emotionally involving while presenting their lessons clearly. Nothing in this book is very deep or innately innovative, except the metaphorical imagery, but getAbstract thinks that several things will have you saying, ¿Right on!¿ as you recognize your problem pachyderms and learn positive ways to handle them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book really makes some valuable points, but not in over-load fashion. The book is encouragingly 'if that¿s a word' instructive, worthwhile, and enjoyable along the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I was reading the book, I found myself applying the ideas to my own life. Many times I have, and heard others say 'my life is a circus'!. Juggling Elephants shows its readers how to effectively perform the 'acts' to make our lives more productive.