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The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less Hardcover – 6 May 1997

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (6 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857881672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857881677
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,138 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)

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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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The 80:20 Principle, statistically observable in a range of phenomena, has been applied to a host of situations - both business and personal - in an engaging and imaginative way. The killer insights available through this book are worth skimming in 20 minutes or absorbing and reflecting on over a lifetime. Whilst the instant kernel - that if we spent time in proportion to the importance and effectiveness of the results we want and value we'd be spending it very differently - is simple to state, changing one's behaviours is much harder. After all, if it was easy, we'd already all be doing it! I found the arguments and ideas in 'The 80:20 Principle' very compelling and persuasive though. This book has caused me to re-evaluate the extent to which dealing with the immediate and the reactive stops the proactive and effective delivery of long-term goals. There are some interesting ideas in this book about building up a network of professional allies; and it also asks some legitimate questions about how well we match the personal relationships we value the most with the deployment of our time and energy. Highly recommended.
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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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I picked this up on the daily kindle special. I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it. The book states how you can use the principal to any part of your life. Parts of the book will not be applicable to you if you do a job that is difficult to do as a freelancer, so parts like contract out everything apart from your core business will not be relevant.

The author comes out with some quite amazing claims, Ronald Regan and Warren Buffet have never worked hard for their success and some of the world's most famous political leaders, Churchill, Kennedy, Thatcher could have been actors are just some of the many examples.

More than 80 per cent of the value of this book can be found in 20 per cent or fewer of its pages, and absorbed in less than 20 per cent of the time most people would take to read it through. Thus re-confirming the 80/20 Principle.

The book is over 300 pages but could easily be around 100.
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