The 80/20 Manager

The 80/20 Manager

The Secret to Working Less and Achieving More

By Richard Koch

Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316243063, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2013


Bestselling author Richard Koch shows managers how to apply the 80/20 Principle to achieve exceptional results at work--without stress or long hours.

In his bestselling book The 80/20 Principle, Richard Koch showed readers how to put the 80/20 Principle--the idea that 80 percent of results come from just 20 percent of effort--into practice in their personal lives. Now in THE 80/20 MANAGER, he demonstrates how to apply the principle to management. An 80/20 manager learns to focus only on the issues that really matter, achieving exceptional results, and feeling successful everyday while working less hard in fewer hours.

A large number of managers--especially in these difficult times--feel completely overwhelmed. Their inboxes are overflowing and they constantly struggle to finish their to-do lists, leaving little time for the things that really matter. THE 80/20 MANAGER shows a new way to look at management--and at life--to enjoy work and build a successful and fulfilling career.

About the Author
Richard Koch is a successful entrepreneur, investor, and writer. From 1976 to 1989, he worked continuously as a strategy consultant, advising the chief executives and boards of many blue chip US and European corporations. Since 1989, he has focused mainly on private equity. He was behind the rescue of Filofax in the early 1990s and its remarkable revival, serving as a non-executive director until 1997. He financed the startup of Belgo, an acclaimed quoted restaurant group operating in the US and UK, as well as Zoffany Hotels. He is also one of four equal investors who are rejuvenating Plymouth Gin, a distiller dating back to 1793 and now the fastest growing premium gin in the world. He advises Advent Limited, a prominent private equity house in the UK, and is a director of Advent Venture Capital Trust and of Brait SA, a merchant banking and private equity group based in Luxembourg and South Africa. He is also a shareholder and director of Gemini South Africa.

Praise For The 80/20 Manager

"The 80/20 Principle is the cornerstone of results-based living. Read this new book and use it."—Tim Ferriss, author of The Four-Hour Work Week

"All the strands of Koch's uniquely powerful thinking poured into one volume. Packed with counterintuitive advice, this is the rare business book that can genuinely transform your life and work prospects. It's already given me a stack of invaluable ideas."—Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of Never Too Late To Be Great

"It's time for managers to stop wasting time on bureaucracy and start working on the few things that count to create value. This book shows precisely how."—Jim Lawrence, CEO, Rothschild North America

"The genius of the 80/20 Principle is that it is counter-intuitive. The genius of Richard Koch is that he makes the counter-intuitive accessible. Read this book and you will enjoy it. Live this book and you will find it a game-changer."—Matthew Kelly, author of The Dream Manager

"Richard Koch sees so clearly that good management and leadership come from within, and that liberating talent in yourself and in others is the key to success. This is a must-read book for anyone who wants to be a great leader and achieve extraordinary results."—Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman, Environment Agency

"A great book, completely different from The 80/20 Principle, written exclusively for managers, and intensely practical."—Professor Andrew Campbell, Director, Ashridge Strategic Management Centre

"Simple ideas that can turn your business and your life around. I highly recommend it."—Al Ries, author of War in the Boardroom

"A lively presentation that effectively combines ways to improve leadership with business problems and solutions."
---Kirkus Reviews

"Koch provides a step-by-step guide to greater efficiency, helping readers with topics including mentoring, leveraging influence, finding meaning and direction, developing strategy, and consistently pursuing the biggest goals with the smallest effort....This easy-to-follow, substantive work helps readers develop a managerial style that's truly worthwhile."
---Publishers Weekly

"A notch above most management tomes.... Here is a book that you've been waiting for: A serious management text that encourages you to cultivate laziness. No, not a true do-nothing indolence, but an intelligent, strategic laziness. A laziness that gives you ample time to think creatively and act decisively on the matters that are really important." -- Charles Crumpley, Los Angeles Business Journal