Episode #052: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less with Essentialism author Greg McKeown

Greg McKeownToday, I have the pleasure of bringing you one of my new favorite books.

In fact, the author collaborated with Liz Wiseman several years ago on one of my top five favorite books of the last five years. I’m talking of course about Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

As the inside front cover of the books states, Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward ht things that really matter.

Essentialism is not about one more thing. Instead, it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives.

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In today’s episode, Greg will help us understand:

  • How to decide what’s essential
  • Why it’s important to practice saying no
  • Why doing less at work WON’T hurt your reputation
  • Why LESS is best
  • And much more!

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More on Essentialism from Greg McKeown

Books Authored by Greg

You can order your copy of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less right now.

Greg also collaborated on the book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman.

Books Greg Recommends

Greg recommended an essay by Tennessee Williams called The Catastrophe of Success.

Greg is also fond of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf: How Risk Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind (Kindle) by John Coates.

And, Greg recommends you check out Wait: The Art and Science of Delay by Frank Partnoy.

Greg McKeown Resources

There are a number of resources from Greg we encourage you to check out, not the least of which is Greg’s personal website.

Be sure and check out Greg’s awesome blog.

Take the Essentialist quiz.

Greg gets invited to speak…a lot.

Follow Greg on Twitter…@GregoryMcKeown.

Other Resources Referenced During the Discussion

I mentioned Greg’s collaboration on Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. That book’s author Liz Wiseman was a guest on Episode #030 of the Read to Lead Podcast.

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