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!

by Jones Loflin, Todd Musig


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ISBN-13: 9781591841715
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2007
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 150,643
Product dimensions: 5.63(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jones Loflin is an internationally recognized speaker and corporate trainer with more than 19 years of experience. He is the president of Helping Others Prepare for Excellence Inc. Jones is the coauthor of Getting to It and Juggling Elephants as well as the author of Getting the Blue Ribbon. He lives with his family in North Carolina.

Todd Musig has more than 20 years of experience in training, marketing, and consulting working at organizations such as Franklin Covey and AchieveGlobal. He is the coauthor of Getting to It and Juggling Elephants. He lives with his family in Utah.

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Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Most Important Things Done--Now! 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
DanStratton on LibraryThing 21 days ago
Ah, business training parables. I have read too many of them. I guess I am more than a little cynical when I pick one up anymore. Most are contrived stories, about 100 pages of large font type, teaching some simple concept with the care and tenderness of a treasured faberge egg. While they teach the principle in an format that is easily digested, they don't delve into the topic enough to provide much knowledge, background or depth. They tend to be like a quick sugar hit, the Krispy Kreme of the self improvement world.Juggling Elephants follows this same format. We are told the story of a man who takes his daughter to the circus even though he is overwhelmed with everything in his life pressing down on him. He has so much to do, he feels guilt for taking time to take his daughter out for the evening, but knows he should be spending more time with her. As "luck" would have it, he ends up sitting next to a ringmaster from another circus, there to check out how a friend's troupe is doing. The ringmaster instantly reads him and suggests that he needs to stop "juggling elephants" and get his "circus" in order. Naturally, the ringmaster invites the man back the next day to teach him the secret of being a ringmaster.The rest of the story lays out how a ringmaster controls the show and how it applies to managing personal lives. The man quickly adopts the practices and becomes a master of controlling everything around him, becoming hyper-productive and accomplishing all his wildest dreams. He even loses all the weight he has always wanted and improves his marriage. Amazing.The book is filled with little "pearls" of wisdom, each on its own page with a nice picture of an elephant. Some of these include:The result of juggling elephants is that no one, including you, is thrilled with the performance.The ringmaster cannot be in all three rings at once.The key to the success of the circus is having quality acts in all three rings.Every act must have a purpose.Intermission is an essential part of creating a better circus performance.So why did I give this short book four stars? I usually won't give this type of parable more than two at best. Well, to my surprise, I learned a concept I find useful. I can only concentrate on one thing at a time. In order to have good performance, I should have a prioritized list of acts (multiple meanings to this word... get it?) for each ring of my life and be able to move between them with speed and ease. A ring represents an area of focus, such as career, relationships and self. GTD teaches this as well, using the weekly review as a mechanism to plan and prioritize the task lists. I like the concept of grouping the many areas of focus into three rings, though. That is a number I can keep in my head easier. Lining things up by priority puts the most important things on stage first. That is good thing to remember.Juggling Elephants is a short read, a couple hours or so long. I think this one may be worth it.
realbigcat on LibraryThing 21 days ago
This book is similar to the Spenser Johnson series of books where it's based on a story. In this instance the story is told based on a trip to the circus. The emphasis is a comparison of lifes problems too much work and not enough time for family and important things to a 3 ring circus. The story is told by the ringmaster who explains how you fit your life into acts that fall into one of the 3 rings. It's a simple story, nothing earth shattering. What it's really telling you is how to better prioritize your life so you can have time for the more important things. It's a very quick read so it's worth giving it a read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Very timely, short read. I'm constantly feeling like I'm juggling elephants that I myself, throw into the air. Tasks are frequently forced upon me cause I don't turn them down and I always fail to prioritize the urgent. As a result, my day slips by. I know I've been busy but I can't recall with what so I wasn't very productive. I just love short, example like stories. I am so glad I came across this message.
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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.