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Peter Taylor
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10 Mar 2011
The Lazy Winner is for all those who simply want to do more with less effort and succeed in their working and personal lives without rushing around like headless chickens or putting in 100 hour weeks. We are all too good to put our careers and work-life balance at risk by working too hard! The Lazy Winner builds on the concept of 'productive laziness', developed in Peter Taylor's bestselling The Lazy Project Manager, which encourages people to apply more thought before leaping in to action and throwing effort at a problem or task. With better planning readers can ensure that they are Lazy Winners and achieve success in what they do at work and in life-more impressive results with the minimum of effort.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Infinite Ideas (10 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906821895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906821890
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Taylor is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in business. He is also an accomplished communicator, leader and professional speaker, popular around the world for keynotes and as an event host. Peter also wrote The Lazy Project Manager (9781906821135), a Kindle bestseller. More information can be found at his website www.thelazyprojectmanager.com and through his free podcasts on iTunes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Torrels
Format:Kindle Edition
A good starter book if you are looking to commence a journey of self-development / improvement and have no idea where to start...... this is the place or if you have already been on this journey (even with a few false starts) you will find some key reminders of the basics.

This book will help you to construct a good foundation on how to achieve more with less effort.

Especially if you are not an avid reader then you will find Peter's writing style is fluid, conversational and humoristic, for those that are not generally readers this is a book well worth picking up as it is not hard work and for those avid readers probably it is less than a couple of hours of light reading to gain some great reminders.

Peter covers many of the basics such as; Beginning with the end in mind and writing it down, Prioritize - Say "No", 80/20 rule, Think-Plan-Prioritize-Focus, Capacity Planning less 20%, Good Influencers - 5 people / 6 degrees of separation, Brick Walls and what to do about them, but you will have to read the book if you are not familiar with these concepts.

If however, you are someway down the road on a personal journey of self-development, personal efficiency and effectiveness etc., then you may find the content a little light and most of the concepts already very familiar. If you are looking for something complementary but possibly more intense in its depth of content or radical in its thinking then, you may want to consider alongside this Stephen R. Covey's: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Paperback - 4 Jan 2004) or Ricardo Semlers - The Seven-Day Weekend: A Better Way to Work in the 21st Century by Ricardo Semler (Paperback - 5 Feb 2004) or some of Ken Blanchard's work alongside many others.

This is a good starter and easy reading on a journey of self-development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Peter Taylor's engaging and readable style made famous through his Lazy Project Manager book and speaking engagements is once again employed to great effect in this guide to avoiduing "busy work" and delivering real results. Whilst writing in a relaxed and entertaining manner he nonetheless introduces the reader to some of the theory behind his ideas (cf Maslow, Pareto ...) but for me the real nuggets come from the practical advice which is weaved through the text.

Well worth buying (and reading).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why should I do this review? 31 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
Even before his thematic acknowledgments, Peter has set the tone of this book in its dedication. His style is eminently readable (with the faintest whiff of Winnie the Pooh) and this book lives up to his introductory sales (or is it anti-sales?) pitch.

Despite the author's obvious and stated love of footnotes, a few of them are surely superfluous: providing information that is known by all who would be interested in knowing it e.g. the explanation of what is meant by "Sat nav". The interspersed quotations are much better as are the "Nigel interludes".

The use of Maslow' hierarchy is a good way into defining winning, although I found the diagram on p21 rather confusing: is it really meant to indicate that the "Journey to success" involves moving from knowing what you want to NOT knowing what you want? The Pareto principle is also used well.

I was delighted to see the chapter heading "The strength of `No'" but thought it could have been developed a little further e.g. the alternative spelling of "No" being "y e s b u t". The chapter on leaving spare capacity to be able to capitalise on opportunities made an important point which is often overlooked (by me for one!).

I particularly liked the "Sat nav" Illustration of the learning process and the really lazy lazy guide.
All in all a very good read with some useful points for all but the most lazy already! In fact, I applied its principles even before finishing the book ... I "skim read" the appendices of which I would normally have read every word!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would like to be Nigel 30 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked a lot of this book.
It's a book very easy to read. Some parts made me smile and some parts even laugh.
But all the parts made me think about my life.
It is about the simple things in life, that we all would like to achieve and shows the way to do it.
Simple things to achieve but at the same time not so simple to do and get done.
Like the book says "it's all about change", it's all about leaving the safety zone.
It shows how to get more with less.
I liked most the story about the fisherman. It should make all of us think about the beautiful and simpler things in life.
It's a book to bought.
It's a book to read.
It's a book to keep.
It's a book to reread.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter hits the spot again 18 Dec 2011
By summers
Format:Kindle Edition
Another great read from Peter with some very useful hints and tips to being prodcutively lazy. I particulary liked Nigel's jokes and have already used some of these in my own workshops. Nigel's explanation of why man's life is the way it is is very good. Strongly recommended to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter hits the spot again 18 Dec 2011
By summers
Format:Paperback
Another great read from Peter with some very useful hints and tips to being prodcutiviely lazy. I particulary liked Nigels' jokes and have already used some of these in my own workshops. Nigel's explanation of why man's life is the way it is is very good. Strongly recommended to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lazy winner
Read this book several months ago and am only just getting round to reviewing it as I'm lazy, but this is good as if it wasn't for this book I wouldn't have got round to it at all. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2012 by redit
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a visit for first timers
A good starter book if you are looking to commence a journey of self-development / improvement and have no idea where to start...... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by Torrels
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
An enjoyable and easy to read book that offers practical and sensible advice with a smile. Well worth a read!
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars A lazy review
Peters book is a very interesting read, I haven't read the lazy project manager so there's no problems for me with duplicated content. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Tricky
5.0 out of 5 stars A lazy Review of the lazy winner
Peters book is a very interesting read, I haven't read the lazy project manager so there's no problems for me with duplicated content. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2011 by Tricky
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical self-help advice
Peter uses many of the same ideas from his previous "Lazy Project Manager" but presents them with a less Project-Management-Specific focus. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by GL
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical Self-help advice
Peter uses many of the same ideas from his previous "Lazy Project Manager" but presents them with a less Project-Management-Specific focus. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by GL
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