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Do you feel like you are spending your days endlessly completing one task after another only to come home to piles of dirty laundry and unopened mail at night? Businesswoman, author and leadership coach Tiffany Dufu has been there. She reveals her personal insights on how you can accomplish more by doing less. Her refreshing talk will help you view your life from a new perspective.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why people tirelessly chase one task after another yet still don’t accomplish what they want to achieve, and
  • How to shift your expectations and focus on what matters most. 
 

About the Speaker

Tiffany Dufu is the founder and CEO of Cru, a peer-coaching service for women. 

 

Summary

When businesswoman Tiffany Dufu learned from her husband that her two children were able to get themselves ready for school when she was out of town, she had an epiphany: By taking care of everything yourself, you prevent other people from growing. Dufu also noticed that while she made it her mission in her professional life to promote women into leadership positions, she acted like a servile “Stepford wife” at home. She suffered from “home control disease” whereby she insisted, for example, that leftovers in the fridge be eaten in a particular order or that the towels be folded just so. For Dufu, “dropping the ball” – that is, “failing to take timely action” – was a sign of failure. Yet when the balls started dropping following the birth of her first child, she found that her worst fears never materialized. She thus began to see the phrase “dropping the ball” in a positive light. She now considers it important that people learn to drop the ball in three distinct areas of life:


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