Juggling Elephants: An Easier Way to Get Your Big, Most Important Things Done--Now!

Jones Loflin

A powerful parable about what to do when life feels as busy as a three-ring circus, this book will help readers focus on two of their most critical resources: time and energy.


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Book Information

Publisher: Portfolio
Publish Date: 09/06/2007
Pages: 131
ISBN-13: 9781591841715
ISBN-10: 1591841712
Language: English

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August 31, 2007

After a summer of same-old, same-old on the Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller List, two new books appear this week signaling the start to the fall business book season. Given some of my comments recently, it serves me right that I have to report both titles are business fables. Pat Lencioni returns with his sixth story-based book, titled The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and Their Employees). READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 17, 2007

Ask 8cr!: Juggling Elephants

By Aaron Schleicher

Welcome to "Ask 8cr! " - a new section of our blog where we've created a forum to find out what kinds of issues and challenges people are having in the workplace. We then take these issues and apply a business book we feel offers a viable solution. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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What do you do when your life feels as busy as a three-ring circus? Juggling Elephants tells a simple but profound story about one man with a universal problem. Mark has too much to do, too many priorities, too much stress, and too little time. As he struggles to balance his many responsibilities without cracking under the pressure, Mark takes a break to attend the circus with his family. There he has a surprising conversation with a wise ringmaster. He leaves with a simple but powerful lesson: Trying to get everything done is like juggling elephants -- impossible. So Mark begins to think about his work, family, and personal life the way a ringmaster thinks about the many acts in a three-ring circus. He discovers that managing his various acts can be fun and easy once he changes his attitude and follows his new friend's ongoing guidance. Mark soon realizes: - If you keep trying to juggle elephants, no one, including you, will be thrilled with your performance.
- A ringmaster cannot be in all three rings at once.
- The key to the success of a circus is having quality acts in all three rings.
- Intermission is an essential part of any good circus. Juggling Elephants is a wonderfully lighthearted guide for everyone who feels like they're about to be squashed. It will help you better focus your time and energy, so you'll be able to enjoy more of the things that are important to you. Above all, it will teach you how to run your circus, instead of letting the circus run you.

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