Richard

WHEN 80/20 BECOMES 90/10

WHEN 80/20 BECOMES 90/10

NOT SO VERY long ago, in 2007 actually, the world of mobile phone makers was placid and predictable.  It was typical 80/20.  There were lots of phone manufacturers, but five of them – Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, and LG – had 90 percent of worldwide profits. Between 2007 and 2015, everything changed, courtesy of an entirely new entrant.  Apple with its iPhone not only reached...

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SUCCESS THROUGH 80/20 NETWORKS

SUCCESS THROUGH 80/20 NETWORKS

“Network society represents a qualitative change in the human experience” Manuel Castells, Spanish sociologist Why does the 80/20 principle work so well and so well everywhere?  When I first wrote the first edition of The 80/20 Principle back in 1997, I didn’t know the answer.  I quoted economist Josef Steindl – “For a very long time, the Pareto law has lumbered the economic scene...

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FOUR WAYS TO BE HAPPY (AND ONE THAT WON’T WORK)

FOUR WAYS TO BE HAPPY (AND ONE THAT WON’T WORK)

This week I got a surprise – apart from breaking my arm in a cycling accident in Lisbon.  The more important and lasting surprise came from re-reading Charles Murray’s splendid 2012 book Coming Apart.  The book is a convincing and depressing account of how the values and lives of the upper and lower classes in America have diverged since 1963.  But then along comes a really fascinating...

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A NEW MODEL OF HOW TO TAP THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND

A NEW MODEL OF HOW TO TAP THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND

Most books about the unconscious make using it complicated.  But I think it’s very simple:   Stage 1 – Conscious Thought Stage 2 – Input to Unconscious Stage 3 – Output from Unconscious   Stage 1 – Conscious Thought What precisely do you want to achieve? Let us say, for example, that you want to find creative solutions to a problem or issue involving your work, career, or...

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YOUR HIDDEN FRIEND

YOUR HIDDEN FRIEND

Our hidden friend is something we all possess.  It gives fantastic results for almost no effort.  It largely determines our success and happiness – yet very few of us use our friend to anything remotely near its potential. I speak of the mind, and in particular the most powerful and “80/20” part of it – our unconscious mind. The unconscious is the seat of intuition and creativity. ...

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