Richard has authored or co-authored around 20 books dealing with business, ideas, and personal success. “Koch is someone worth listening to” says Roger Trapp of The Independent, because of his own success as consultant, entrepreneur, and author.
In 1997, The 80/20 Principle pioneered a reinterpretation of the so-called “Pareto Rule” – extending the idea that most worthwhile results come from a small minority of effort from business, where it was well known, to include personal life and careers. The book, substantially updated in 2007, has become a business classic, being named by GQ as one of the top 25 business books of all time. The Weston Review said “We give this Dali-esque masterwork 5 stars… a beautiful collage of well written prose… the book is worth many times its price.” The 80/20 Principle has sold over one million copies and been translated into 34 languages.
Several observers maintain, however, that Richard’s best book is The Power Laws, which was published in the US under the title The Natural Laws of Business. getAbstract.com said “Richly detailed and splendidly written, this page-turner applies the laws of science to economics and business … Koch is smart enough and skilful enough to move beyond simple parallels and use the science to identify and explain core elements of business. GetAbstract.com highly recommends this soon-to-be classic to everyone in the business world.”
Richard’s most recent book – written with Greg Lockwood – is Superconnect, subtitled How the Best Connections in Business and Life Are the Ones You Least Expect. Professor Marcus du Sautoy of Oxford University called the book “a fascinating insight into a subject that underpins everything we do”, while Julia Hobsbawm wrote in Management Today that it was “the book equivalent to ‘music to my ears’ – a fascinating and enriching read.”
Eagerly awaited and due to be published in April 2013 by Little, Brown is The 80/20 Manager, which gives ten different ways that managers can achieve extraordinary results from ordinary effort.