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  • Written by: Richard Koch
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The 80/20 Principle

Written by: Richard Koch
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Publisher's Summary

Learn the secret of success by achieving more with less. Find out how you can tap the hidden potential of the 80/20 principle in your life.

Richard Koch is a highly successful entrepreneur and investor. His 80/20 Principle - that 80 per cent of results flow from just 20 per cent of the causes - is the one true principle of highly effective people and organizations.

In one of the decade's most original, provocative and powerful books, The 80/20 Principle shows how you can achieve much more with much less effort, time and resources, simply by concentrating on the all-important 20 per cent.

Astonishingly, though the 80/20 Principle has greatly influenced today's world, this is the first book which shows you how to use it in a systematic and practical way.

©1997 Richard Koch (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the critics say

"Through multiple examples, and a punchy down-to-earth commentary, Koch offers the first really useful advice weâ¿¿ve seen in a management book for years." ( Business Age)

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  • Consumer J
  • 2008-05-12

Mindnumbingly Simplistic

This book is terrible. The entire thesis of the book can be stated in a paragraph, and yet somehow the author has managed to stretch it out into an entire book without providing any further insight.

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  • Ola
  • 2008-03-30

Tiresome to listen to

The topic is highly relevant, however the narrator is extremely tiresome to listen to, and it feels like it is a never ending listing of various examples of the 80/20 rule. I doubt that I will be able to listen through the entire book. I wish I got this as a normal paper book so I could flick through the pages instead.

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  • Toad
  • 2008-01-20

The 80/20 Principle

Rambles on and on describing applications of the 80 /20 rule.

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  • KEVIN
  • 2011-03-29

Not worth the time...

First, I've learned nothing in this book. The principles that are describe are so obvious that I wonder why somebody wrote a book about it.
Second, let's say some people don't think those principles are obvious and needs further explanation, I'm convince it could be explained in detail in a maximum of 1 or 2 pages.
Because I do believe the 80/20 principles is important to apply, I would recommend not loosing 80% of your time to gain merely 20% of knowledge. To prevent this, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.

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  • Jan
  • 2010-04-25

Long, but it worth the time

The idea of the book is worthy, but much too long explained and with a lot of hours without anything to do with Pareto principle. The narrator is quite to listen. Anyway, I think it deserves the time and money.

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  • marek
  • 2010-10-17

long, very long

I wish the book was shorter, 20/80 rule would should be applied in book-writing as well.

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  • Scott
  • 2010-02-08

Great book, questionable narration

Richard Koch's 80/20 Principle inspires the listener to cut out the meaningless waste of time, energy and activity in their life.

The narration, however, suffers from a rather irritating little problem. Narrator Richard Aspel's rendering of straight text is quite good. Unfortunately, Aspel makes caricatures of the numerous quotations that pepper the book, to the point of distraction, especially after the first listen, when one endeavors to study the material in depth.

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  • Abel Joseph
  • 2012-02-22

An essential read if you want to be successful

Would you listen to The 80/20 Principle again? Why?

I have listen to this book already two times. And I get a full load of information every time.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The 80/20 Principle?

I love the business mentality that the 80/20 Principle suggest. Lazy but smart is definitely in.

Any additional comments?

It is a must have book or audio book if you are in business.

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  • Robin Menefee
  • 2020-10-02

Good message but not what I expected

This book was required reading for a terrific high performance development program. Everyone in the program found it impactful, liked it, and many rereading it. I think the message and focus is a good takeaway, but the book as a whole did not grab me. I am in the minority so I do not want to discourage others yet leaving an honest opinion. There are many examples so for some this could help application and for me it was too much.

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  • Frank Rumbauskas
  • 2015-03-03

Brilliant Book and NOT Repetitive

If you could sum up The 80/20 Principle in three words, what would they be?

"Do not miss!" This audio book has opened my eyes to the vast and massive possibilities in my business by simply applying the 80/20 principle, from everything to advertising to people to products. I STRONGLY disagree with other reviewers who say the book was repetitive. Rather, the author does an outstanding job of giving endless and very varied examples of how the 80/20 principle has worked, which all sprouted more and more ways I could apply it myself.

What about Richard Aspel’s performance did you like?

I have to say I enjoyed how the English (as in UK) narrator would attempt to mimic the local accent of people quoted in the book - hearing his attempt at a Southern US accent was worth the price of admission!

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Simply that 80% of just about every aspect of my business - and my time - are waste. Sure, they generate a return on investment, but it's minuscule versus the 20% that produces a massive ROI and the waste needs to go.

Any additional comments?

I'm also buying the Kindle book to read it as well. This will go into my collection as one of those half-dozen or so books that I re-read at least once a year.

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