Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

by Greg McKeown

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Have you ever found yourself struggling with information overload?

Have you ever felt both overworked and underutilised?

Do you ever feel busy but not productive?

If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is to become an Essentialist.

In Essentialism, Greg McKeown, CEO of a Leadership and Strategy agency in Silicon Valley who has run courses at Apple, Google and Facebook, shows you how to achieve what he calls the disciplined pursuit of less. Being an Essentialist is about a disciplined way of thinking. It means challenging the core assumption of ‘We can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time'.

By applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.

Using the experience and insight of working with the leaders of the most innovative companies and organisations in the world, McKeown shows you how to put Essentialism into practice in your own life, so you too can achieve something great.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9785001171300
Publisher: Mann, Ivanov and Ferber
Publication date: 04/19/2018
Sold by: Bookwire
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 704,457
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Greg McKeown writes, teaches, and speaks around the world on the importance of living and leading as an Essentialist. He has spoken at companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn,, Symantec, and Twitter and is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn Influencer’s group. He co-created the course, Designing Life, Essentially  at Stanford University, was a collaborator of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Multipliers and serves as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. He holds an MBA from Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Part I Essence: What is the core mind-set of an Essentialist?

1 The Essentialist 1

2 Choose: The Invincible Power of Choice 33

3 Discern: The Unimportance of Practically Everything 41

4 Trade-Off: Which Problem Do I Want? 49

Part II Explore: How can we discern the trivial many from the vital few?

5 Escape: The Perks of Being Unavailable 63

6 Look: See What Really Matters 73

7 Play: Embrace the Wisdom of Your Inner Child 83

8 Sleep: Protect the Asset 91

9 Select: The Power of Extreme Criteria 103

Part III Eliminate: How can we cut out the trivial many?

10 Clarify: One Decision That Makes a Thousand 119

11 Dare: The Power of a Graceful "No" 131

12 Uncommit: Win Big by Cutting Your Losses 145

13 Edit: The Invisible Art 155

14 Limit: The Freedom of Setting Boundaries 163

Part IV Execute: How can we make doing the vital few things almost effortless?

15 Buffer: The Unfair Advantage 175

16 Subtract: Bring Forth More by Removing Obstacles 185

17 Progress: The Power of Small Wins 193

18 Flow: The Genius of Routine 203

19 Focus: What's Important Now? 215

20 BE: The Essentialist Life 225

Appendix: Leadership Essentials 239

Notes 247

Acknowledgments 257

Index 259

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