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No will sometimes result in some frowning from the other party I strongly believe that how you say your no is important I know people at work who will almost shout back a brisk and severe No not now and I don t like them much indeed But saying in a friendly way that now is not a good time hasn t hurt any relationship yetThere are two things I liked less about the book The first is that he uses a lot of examples that have been used to death so to speak I cannot even begin the count the number of non fiction I read lately that uses the example of Rosa Parks bus ride and the No school today essential ournalism lesson of Nora Ephron Then on top he uses many examples of other books I unfortunately for the author recently finished dschool s babywarmers from Creative Confidence Tom and David Kelley and Michael Phellps swimming routine from The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg None of these examples are bad but they felt like old material to me But then again anyone who rarely reads business or popular psychology books won t mind because they probably won t recognize the stories and find them Doing Feminist Research in Political and Social Science just as insightful as I did the first time I read themThe second one is that I think the author did not stick to the essentials Or better said he didn t stick to the essentials that would serve everyone Take his chapter about planning for instance He gives the example of a speech you will have to give in a few months time His advice is to start now and spend 4 minutes daily to draft the speech and then put it away until the next day I can imagine this working for some people but Mr Greg Mckeown has never been inside my brain If I even start thinking for 30 seconds about something like that my head will be bubbling and fizzing with ideas for the next 24 hours at least Meaning that my brain will be too busy with possible speech scenario s to get anything else done Some people are planners some are not I don t think this has anything to do with trying to stick to essential thingsThere are a few chapters like that in the second part of the book where Mr Mckeown described processes that work for him but in my opinion are not necessarily linked to this philosophy of essentialism and even make them sound a little elitist in his many overviews of how Essentialists are different better than other peopleNet I believe in the philosophy and the book describes it very well while giving good advice especially in the first half The second half might not serve everyone as he mixed too many other things into it that might not work for everyone but unfortunately the way he writes it he leaves no option you either do it all and be part of the Essentialist club or you don t Having said that I think us readers are smart enough to pick and choose and not be bothered about whether Mckeown will think we do it properly or not Disclaimer A review copy was provided to me by the publisher but does not sway my rating either way This review reflects my own experience and opinion with this book All 272 pages of this book could have been condensed into a three page blog post perhaps without the pages filled with cutesy large text My ultimate takeaway is that I find Greg McKeown incredibly annoying However there are also some other intuitive ideas that can be helpful like You cannot have it all Decide what your agenda or goal is and pursue only opportunities that lead you to that goal If you don t have your own agenda someone else will make it for you Don t commit casually to plans you re not sure about Don t be afraid to be unavailable If you can t do a side project say so Focus reuires you to set aside time for your priority Teams function better if there is one clear uantifiable overarching purpose I m trying to work on this as a manager so it was nice to have this reinforced Keeping aournal and making time to read are important McKeown literally suggests the Book of Mormon which makes me want to read trashy YA instead I do agree that it s better to take time for yourself in the morning I always feel better when I have time to hang out and make myself breakfast instead of checking my email as I sprint for the N trainThere see I wrote this book in four bullet points EssentialismOn the topic of Greg McKeown I find it extremely if not impossibly difficult to take someone seriously who tries to use Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela as examples of essentialist thinkers Rosa Parks said NO to others agendas you can too Is this for real It s so obvious that this guy is a rotating speaker for Jack Dorsey companies Google s got Lego sets in its offices guys Unleash your nebulously defined sense of playIt may A Ved Mehta Reader just be that I ve never sacrificed sleep for productivity because I m a monster when I don t sleep at least 7 hours but I also find the recent spate of celebrities and CEOs touting the benefits of sleep somewhat odd Ariana Huffington reallyust wants you to take a nap Jeff Bezos sleeps eight hours No one has ever thought of this before AMAZING. Ience and insight from working with the leaders of the most innovative companies and organizations in the world to show how to achieve what he calls the disciplined pursuit of less By applying a selective criteria for what is essential the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matterEssentialism isn’t one thing; it is a different way of doing everything It is a discipline you apply constantly effortlessly Essentialism is a mindset; a way of life It is an idea whose time has co.
This is exactly what I needed to read at exactly the right moment As I have felt my life spiralling out of control this is the book I picked up The author gleans from the best and most successful people and their philosophy and supports his stance that with a proper personal mission statement SMART goals and a willingness to simplify and change our perspective we can prioritize and live with play a meaningful life His philosophy is one that supports greater oy with family less clutter and better use of time in all aspects My favorite and most meaningful truism that I gained is that if we don t clearly make boundaries someone else will make them for us He gave the example of an executive who was asked to come on a Saturday for a meeting He told his supervisor he would not come since that is his designated family day The supervisor returned after discussing it with the other peers who agreed to come instead on Sunday This executive felt the pressure to conform yet again declined by explaining that Sunday was his day to worship God He gained respect for his personal time and values Although not expressly stated I discovered that when I have not set clear boundaries and give the extra mile consistently I ve set the norm Boundaries purpose and goals are essential to a fulfilling life in every aspect This book encompasses all that is taught in books by successful leaders like Stephen Covey Clay Christensen Henry Eyering to name a few It was what I neededwwwamusingreviewsblogspotcom I met Greg McKeown ust after I finished his book Essentialism I found out that he was a bishop in my stake Mormon speak for being a church congregation leader in my general area of Palo Alto CA He was approachable and kind After introducing myself and complimenting him on his book he asked me a few uestions about myself Namely what was I doing in my life and what was my end goal in my professional career I was taken aback because not many people Hometown Honey jump straight to such a core uestion whenust getting to know someone then again he IS an essentialist so what s the use for extraneous commentary We didn t have much time to speak as he was about to leave the church building with his family Before we parted he challenged me to take 20 focused minutes and define what I wanted to do with my life to write out in words my ultimate goal of my professional life And don t forget to time it he said This man truly lives and breathes the principles that he teaches in this book After completing Essentailism I immediately gave the book to a friend who I know to be overly encumbered with side projects outside of his day The Prince in the Royal Suite (Chatsfield Novella, job His extraneous favors stem largely from his inability to say no to friends and colleagues I m hoping that Essentialism will help him set up an internal framework to politely refuse these offers and be proactive about the way he spends his spare time Because that s exactly how I ve felt after reading McKeown s book I plan to live by his uote Don t let anyone else hijack your schedule This book contains great advice for affluent people who don t fear losing theirobs when they choose really important things like planning their weddings real example from the book over doing tasks that are part of the ob that they ve been hired to doOne bit of advice is go to the South of France for a year when your work adversely affects your health Why didn t I think of that when I had surgery Maybe you don t need to pay for electricity and housing if you live on the beachWhere is the chapter on why it s important to choose to pick your kid up from school when she can t stop vomiting rather than to finish bringing the payroll system back on line Family first Tough choices are for undeserving slackers All those essentialists will figure out a way to get paid if it is important to themThe message of doing what is most important is a good one Unfortunately so many of the examples are so ludicrous that it s hard to take the author seriously Such a frustrating book McKeown addresses an important topic that I certainly need to work on and that s what persuaded me to read this book based on some praising reviews and kept me reading it through my annoyance with his tone and attitude I m not sure I learned anything new but I definitely was pushed to think about some things that I generally set to the side about how I choose to spend my time and the projects I take on The book was valuable enough that I m glad I read it But I was consistently and thoroughly irritated by McKeown s presentation of Essentialism the capitalization is significant as a club of the initiated a realm of those who can look over the top of their glasses at the rest of us who are wallowing in the overwhelming busy ness of life This book was written for an audience of readers who have that luxury of choosing how they want to spend their time who have power in social and economic terms This is advice from the Stanford educated elite and he repeatedly mentions his St. Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin at home or at work Do you simultaneously feel both overworked and underutilized Do you often feel busy but not productive like you're always in motion but never getting anywhere Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s priorities and agendasHave you ever said yes to something simply to please and then resented it afterwards If you answered yes to any of these the way out is the Way of the EssentialistThe Way of the Essentialist involves doing less but better so you can make the highest possible contribution in every area of your lifeThe Way of the.
Anford grad school education for their peers That doesn t mean the rest of us can t learn anything from it I m in a position of enough power and freedom to recognize my opportunities to follow some of his advice but I don t see any recognition by McKeown that he s presenting a life plan for the professional upper class His self serving comparisons to the civil rights movement and Gandhi s anti colonial projects suggest that he sees this book as something euivalent to a universal lifestyle guide His citations also were rather appalling eg an interview from Oprah magazine and YouTube videos rather than sources that had passed some kind of editing process which I found wryly amusing in light of his highlighted Stanford credentials I was glad to get to the end of the book partly because it s somewhat repetitive because my annoyance was so high My overall reactions 1 I need to pay much attention to the need to pare down my list of tasks and how I lead projects and 2 I have no interest in following McKeown further in terms of his writings appearances columns etc Could have been a 100 pages shorter without losing anything essential This is perhaps the worst example I ve ever seen of a manuscript that only contains a magazine article s worth of information but that has been stretched out to the length of an entire book In fact it s unfair to call it even a magazine article s worth of information but like a listicle from a clickbait website with basically the entire book devoted to the single sentence Figure out ust the one or two things you d most like to do in your life then stop doing everything else I mean seriously that s it I Undercover at City Hospital just described 95 percent of this book s contents for you In addition author Greg McKeown seems to have exclusively written this to appeal to C level corporate executives and no one else because a major point of this book a message that spreads itself across several chapters is that when you re at work you should also only do the one or two things you most want to do and simply refuse to do anything else claiming that your co workers will actually respect you and like you for doing so This doesn t seem to take into account the millions of us who would be immediately fired if we told our boss Eh I don t feel like doing this thing youust assigned me so find someone else making it clear that his advice here is only for company owners and senior vice presidents and others who get to 100 percent define their The Story of Our Lives job role for themselves To be frank that s what this entire book feels like some padded out nonsense for giving privileged executives an excuse to do even less work than they re already doing and thus inspiring them to hire McKeown as a consultant and speaker for yet obscene amounts of money For anyone else who s not a senior vice president or Greg McKeown this book is pretty much worthless I liked the table of contents It laid out his essential points in a concise list The chapters themselves were overworked and repetitive Nothing new here including his anecdotes and examples This book could be summed up with these two uotes Essentialism is not about how to get things done it s about how to get the right things done It doesn t meanust doing less for the sake of less either It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential Remember that if you don t prioritize your life someone else will I enjoyed the book and felt that it was helpful but I also feel like this book won t be for everyone Don t get me wrong I think that everyone can take away SOMETHING from this book but depending on your Chosen by the Lieutenant (Regency Brides of Convenience job and your life circumstances I think it will be helpful to some than others I could relate to a lot of the work chapters and the overall message of feeling overwhelmed and not prioritized I hope I can put some of McKeown s ideas in place and have Essentialism in my life It must be tough to write a book about Essentialism because people will be watching like a hawk to see whether you stick to your own advice and sadly I m not sure that he didBut first things first I didn t have a name for it but Essentialism is what I have been doing for a while now at work at least I have yet to tell any of my family or friends that I wasn t positively answering their invitation because it wasn t essential to me and my goals for the near futureBut at work I am a strong believer in this principle It s way too easy to get enrolled in everything meaning you won t be able to actually achieve anything So pick carefully and focus on thatust that And yes sometimes you can t pick yourself because it s something you have to do But even then be mindful about what is important In this book Greg McKeown gives sound advice Unless you are over the moon enthusiastic about a new possible project say no Don t ever say yes ust because you fear people will like you less Because even though saying. Essentialist isn’t about getting done in less time It’s not about getting less done It’s about getting only the right things done It’s about challenging the core assumption of ‘we can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing in the right way at the right time' It’s about regaining control of our own choices about where to spend our time and energies instead of giving others implicit permission to choose for us In Essentialism Greg McKeown CEO of a Leadership and Strategy agency in Silicon Valley who has taught at Apple Google and Facebook draws on exper.
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Greg McKeown is a business writer consultant and researcher specializing in leadership strategy design collective intelligence and human systems He has authored or co authored books including the Wall Street Journal Bestseller Multipliers How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter Harper Business June 2010 and journal articlesOriginally from England he is now an American citizen liv