Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less


By (author) Greg McKeown

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  • Publisher: Crown Business
  • Format: Hardback | 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 25mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0804137382
  • ISBN 13: 9780804137386
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 30,957

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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people's agendas? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the "Way of the Essentialist." The Way of the Essentialist isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting "only the right things" done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a "systematic discipline" for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it's a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn who to do less, but better, in every area of their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

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Author information

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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"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 who ever feels overwhelmed. It is truly the right book at the right time." - Dave Ulrich, Professor, School of Business, University of Michigan, Partner, the RBL Group