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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing Ltd; 2nd Revised, 10th Anniversary Ed edition (13 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857883993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857883992
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The 80/20 principle is the cornerstone of results-based living. Read this book and use it.' —Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek

'Time management is not about organising your daily tasks, it is about organising your essential daily tasks, and dumping the rest. Koch has made millions from this - a bestseller based on just one idea - proving that it works.' —GQ's 25 Best Business Books

'Congratulations! The 80/20 Principle is terrific.' —Al Ries, bestselling author of Focus and Positioning

'There are ideas in here that could change your life.' —The Good Book Guide

'Koch is a passionate 80/20er. Read this and you will be too.' —Andrew Campbell, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre

'Both astute and entertaining, this is an intriguing book to help people concentrate on not wasting their lives.' —Professor Theodore Zeldin, St Anthony's College, Oxford

'We give this Dali-esque masterwork 5 stars... a beautiful collage of well-written prose... the book is worth many times its price.' —The Weston Review, Tampa Bay, Florida

'Through multiple examples, and a punchy down-to-earth commentary, Koch offers the first really useful advice we've seen in a management book for years.' --Business Age

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"Through multiple examples, and a punchy down-to-earth commentary, Koch offers the first really useful advice we've seen in a management book for years." (The Age)

"Congratulations! The 80/20 Principle is terrific." (Al Ries)

“The 80/20 principle is the cornerstone of results-based living. Read this book and use it.” (Timothy Ferriss (No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Work Week))

"Congratulations! The 80/20 Principle is terrific." (Al Ries)

"Through multiple examples, and a punchy down-to-earth commentary, Koch offers the first really useful advice we've seen in a management book for years." (Business Age)

"Richard Aspel does an excellent job of enlivening to this interesting discussion of the 80/20 rule-the Pareto Principle-which states that we get 80 percent of our results from 20 percent of our activity. Koch provides background information and examples in addition to getting down to practical advice on how to put energy where it will get the greatest results. As narrator, Aspel's sensitivity is so fine-tuned and palpable that it's arresting. His approach serves to relax and soothe listeners while they blissfully absorb the wisdom offered. This is a fascinating and highly enjoyable audio that a broad range of listeners will enjoy." (AudioFile Magazine)

"The Pareto Principle--in Koch's words, "a minority of causes, inputs, or effort usually lead [s] to a majority of the results, outputs, or rewards" --is hardly new; Vilfredo Pareto discovered it in 1897. But London-based investor, entrepreneur, and author Koch traces Pareto's insight through the past century (George K. Zipf, Joseph M. Juran, IBM and other computer firms) and adds a bit of chaos theory to make the 80/20 principle a way of life. He spells out essential characteristics of "80/20 analysis" and "80/20 thinking," then explores application of this "Vital Few" approach, first in business, then in achieving personal success and happiness. Koch closes with a chapter on the social implications of the Pareto Principle, urging that this predictable imbalance between inputs and outputs is "not inherently right wing," and that steps such as spreading best practices in education to all students and giving those currently excluded from the market economy a stake in the game would generate less inequality as well as greater productivity." (Booklist) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By lorddan01 on 13 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is very good, and in depth, but im sure 80% of the words in this book are saying 20% of the information. IT is so repetitive it is untrue. I'd read about 30 pages and ive already heard the same thing 4 times! I'll keep reading but it's making my eyes go funny seeing 80/20 written so much.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Aug. 1999
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I have always found the 80/20 principle to be a valuable starting point in finding ways to improve performance. What I liked about this book was that it drew out more of the implications of that principle than I had previously thought about. If you are not familiar with the principle, this will be a good introduction. If you are familiar, you should probably stick to the implications. The review of what you know may feel a trifle repetitive. Another suggestion is that if you keep repeating your focus on the top 20% in each situation, you will make your results geometrically better (more like 1 percent providing 95 percent). If you know people who are not familiar with the principle who are a bit, perhaps, disorganized, this book would be a good gift. Teach this to your children, and you will increase the likelihood that they will move out when they are grown, because they will be able to afford to.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 2001
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I gave this book 5 stars not because it's brilliantly written but because it has the potential to change your life. It really has. The book itself proves the 80:20 rule - because it's very repetitive and could have been written in 20% of the space. But it has something very important to say in that 20%. I liked Koch's attempt to relate the 80:20 rule to your personal life - I'm certainly going to change some aspects of my personal life as a result. But be warned - in the wrong hands this book could be dangerous. You need a certain level of self-awareness before reading it or the advice that he provides could be seriously mis-used. So an important, potentially life altering book - that I highly recommend if your IQ can stand it!
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. J. Farhead on 27 Oct. 2009
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It is all explained in the title. In life, 80% of what you want is usually produced by 20% of effort put in. He mentions in the book that there is really nothing else published like this.

There is a reason for that; it doesn't take hundreds and hundreds of pages to explain one simple principle. The diagrams are pointless, the examples are repetitive and it just goes on and on and on. I bought this because it was a recommended book after reading "The 4 Hour Work Week". The 80-20 priciple was explained perfectly in THAT book, but "The 80-20 Principle" does the opposite of what it preaches; what could have been done in 20% of the pages has been done in over 80%.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. T. Davies on 12 Feb. 2010
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I picked up this book as a whim because I had some book tokens going spare and at first I struggled with it. The problem I had was that there were no practical examples in the book, instead he would make a point, repeat the point and maybe give some contrived numbers to illustrate it. Its lucky that I didn't lend it from the library otherwise I would have sent it back straight away.

So why am I giving this 5 stars? Its because his approach (albeit inadvertently) was genius. Often with self help books the author will offer examples, which you will imagine and relate to and then you will carry on reading, much as you would with any good book. As Richard Koch left so much to the imagination however, I couldn't help but think of my own circumstances and how I could apply it to me. And as I had no example to lead me, my mind went and applied 80/20 to the whole of my life, the implications were mind blowing.

I am still working to get to my full 80/20 state because doing so is sometimes an uncomfortable process, however I have found that I am more successful, feel less guilt, commit more time to things I enjoy, am more organised and as one other review said, I walk around thinking that I have a secret that not many other people know.

I would warn that this is an eccentric concept to get your head around and if you apply it to every aspect of your life then your mates may label you as a bit mad or lazy or lucky or a genius, however it will turn your life on its head and may just be the best book you'll ever buy.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Dec. 1998
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Eighty percent of the books I buy I fail to read.
This is one of the twenty percent of books that I own that will have a positive effect on my life and those around me. Richard Koch gives a great analysis of the simple rule, espoused by management consultants for years, that a small part of your effort causes a dissproportianate amount of effect.
The 80/20 principle is a great read for those of us who dont like to work too much, as it gives us the reason why we can still be so sucessfull. It will also be a gem for the overworked because it will show you why those around you who achieve without stress are managing to do it.
The 80/20 rule is nothing new to many of us. This book, however, opens the possibilities of its usage to the limits. It also provides a great link to Chaos theory and how the two philosophies are interdependent. It is a fantastic opportunity for anyone to embrace the idea that planning to succeed may not always involve maximising effort.
As a 80/20 practitioner for some while it has been a pleasure to see these ideas carefully scripted in an inspiring book.
Buy it now and do less and achieve more.
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