The Lazy Winner How to Do More With Less Effort and Succeed in Your Work and Personal Life Without Rushing Around Like a Headless Chicken or Putting in 100 Hour Weeks
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. There are much better ways to progress in work and in life. 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.
to avoid unnecessary conflict and maintain a good and happy atmosphere. All of these are indeed reasons that we find saying ‘no’ difficult but none of them are good reasons to not say ‘no’. Try to resolve to say ‘no’ more often. It won't hurt you – honestly – and it won't hurt other people either if you are sensible and sensitive. Ask yourself the important questions: Do I want to do this piece of work, job or task? Even I do want to do it, do I need to do it? Is the result or outcome worth
step up the ladder of enthusiasm and a ‘great’ sounds like you will put everything you have into the business of successfully completing the work to the best of your ability. Best of all is ‘What are we waiting for’ as this shows that not only will you put 100% effort behind this and do a super job, you will most likely take the lead as you clearly feel strongly both that this needs to be done and done by you. But ‘yes’ can be less ‘black and white’, it can also be a subtle shade of grey. In a
Nigel had decided to trust with his big idea, the conversation turned to how much detail Nigel should put in the proposal and when to talk to his boss about it. Nigel was immediately thinking he needed to put a whole lot of his newly acquired spare time into this and do some solid research before setting up the meeting. His colleague suggested that this was not the best way. ‘Just spend some time thinking this one through and try to deal with all of the angles and make sure you have the basic
Bernhard Graf von Moltke (1800–1891) was a German Generalfeldmarschall. The chief of staff of the Prussian army for thirty years, he is widely regarded as one of the great strategists of the latter half of the 1800s, and the creator of a new, more modern method, of directing armies in the field. In 1857 Helmuth Moltke was given the position of Chief of the Prussian Großer Generalstab (military staff), a position he held for the next thirty years. As soon as he gained the position he went to work
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