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If you still think you have to hammer yourself to get ahead, stop doing two things at once and listen to Robert J. Kriegel. The author, an expert in human performance and the psychology of change, says most people work too strenuously at a frantic pace that generates stress and reduces performance. You can perform better if you work smarter, even at 80% or 90% of your current buzz. If you’ve read human potential success books, some of this will sound familiar, but Kriegel focuses on becoming successful while having a full personal life. He quotes managers and employees, and outlines exactly what you should do. You’re on your own figuring out what a 90% effort amounts to, but if you’re a mid-level manager or executive who likes Kriegel’s idea of winning-by-easing-up, recommends that you somehow find the time to read his book.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to work shorter and smarter;
  • How to preserve more time for your personal life and still succeed; and
  • How to be more focused, less frantic and more productive.

About the Author

Robert J. Kriegel, Ph.D., is a former coach of both Olympic and professional athletes. Kriegel is the co-author of two business books, Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers and If It Ain’t Broke...Break It! He was a commentator for National Public Radio’s Marketplace, served as a member of the California Governor’s Council and taught in Stanford University’s Executive Management Program.



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