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The 80/20 Principle Summary – Richard Koch

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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The 80/20 Principle (1998)
The Secret to Achieving More with Less
by Richard Koch
The 80/20 Principle is a perennial guide to mastering the Pareto principal and doing more with less - by management consultant, venture capitalist and best-selling author, Richard Koch. (288 pages)

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The 80/20 Principle Summary

This publisher’s blurb comes from the Currency paperback edition of The 80/20 Principle

“How anyone can be more effective with less effort by learning how to identify and leverage the 80/20 principle–the well-known, unpublicized secret that 80 percent of all our results in business and in life stem from a mere 20 percent of our efforts.

The 80/20 principle is one of the great secrets of highly effective people and organizations.

Did you know, for example, that 20 percent of customers account for 80 percent of revenues? That 20 percent of our time accounts for 80 percent of the work we accomplish? The 80/20 Principle shows how we can achieve much more with much less effort, time, and resources, simply by identifying and focusing our efforts on the 20 percent that really counts. Although the 80/20 principle has long influenced today’s business world, author Richard Koch reveals how the principle works and shows how we can use it in a systematic and practical way to vastly increase our effectiveness, and improve our careers and our companies.

The unspoken corollary to the 80/20 principle is that little of what we spend our time on actually counts. But by concentrating on those things that do, we can unlock the enormous potential of the magic 20 percent, and transform our effectiveness in our jobs, our careers, our businesses, and our lives.”

The 80/20 Principle Contents

The 80/20 Principle has 20 main chapters (in 5 parts)…

Part One: Overture

  1. Welcome to the 80/20 Principle
  2. How to Think 80/20

Part Two: Corporate Success Needn’t Be a Mystery

  1. The Underground Cult
  2. Why Your Strategy Is Wrong
  3. Simple Is Beautiful
  4. Hooking the Right Customers
  5. The Top 10 Business Uses of the 80/20 Principle
  6. The Vital Few Give Success to You

Part Three: Work Less, Earn and Enjoy More

  1. Being Free 10 Time Revolution
  2. You Can Always Get What You Want
  3. With a Little Help from Our Friends
  4. Intelligent and Lazy
  5. Money, Money, Money
  6. The Seven Habits of Happiness
  7. Your Hidden Friend

Part Four: The 80/20 Future

  1. Success Through 80/20 Networks
  2. When 80/20 Becomes 90/10
  3. Your Place in the 80/20 Principle

Part Five: The Principle Revisited

  1. The Two Dimensions of the Principle

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Books Like The 80/20 Principle: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey (FREE Summary)
Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a perennial masterpiece on leading a happy, productive and purposeful existence and an unmissable stop for any pilgrim of personal improvement - by educator, author and speaker, Stephen Covey.
Published 1989 // 372 pages // Rated 4.1 over 623,800 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like The 80/20 Principle: First Things First
2. First Things First - Stephen R. Covey (FREE Summary)
First Things First is an action-oriented time-management manual, filled with frameworks and exercises to help you do more of what matters and less of what doesn't - by the author of the #1 book on this list, Stephen Covey.
Published 1993 // 384 pages // Rated 4.1 over 40,400 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like The 80/20 Principle: Goals!
3. Goals! - Brian Tracy (FREE Summary)
How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible
Goals! was the first book I ever read on productivity and probably the most readable and complete guide to goal-setting ever written - by sales legend and time-management master, Brian Tracy.
Published 1989 // 291 pages // Rated 4.2 over 14,200 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like The 80/20 Principle: The Effective Executive
4. The Effective Executive - Peter F. Drucker (FREE Summary)
The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
The Effective Executive is THE timeless classic on leadership and management; on getting the right things done - by the dean of business and management philosophy, Peter F. Drucker.
Published 1966 // 208 pages // Rated 4.1 over 32,700 reviews on Goodreads
Books Like The 80/20 Principle: The Slight Edge
5. The Slight Edge - Jeff Olson (FREE Summary)
Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success & Happiness
The Slight Edge is a short, punchy, practical guide to the why, what and how of using simple daily disciplines to achieve breakthrough success - by serial entrepreneur, speaker and author, Jeff Olson.
Published 2005 // 168 pages // Rated 4.3 over 21,900 reviews on Goodreads

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