Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2009 - Psychology - 256 pages
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A certain kind of busyness is crucial to life, allowing us to earn a living, create art, and achieve success. But too often it consumes us and we become crazy busy, nonstop busy, and we expend extraneous effort that gets us nowhere. Marc Lesser's new book shows us the benefits of doing less in a world that has increasingly embraced more - more desire, more activity, more things, more exhaustion. Less is about stopping, about the possibility of finding composure in the midst of activity. The ideas and practices that Lesser outlines offer a radical yet simple approach to transforming a lifestyle based on endless to-do lists into a more meaningful approach that is truly more productive in every sense....MARC LESSER is the founder and CEO of ZBA Associates, a management consulting, coaching, and training company. A Zen teacher with an MBA, Marc speaks and leads workshops throughout North America.
 

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Contents

THE OVERWHELMING BUSYNESS OF OUR LIVES vi PROLOGUE ACCOMPLISH MORE 3 CHAPTER 1 THE IMMENSE SEA 3 BUSY CAN F...
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DISCOVERING THE POWER OF LESS
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ADDICTED TO BUSYNESS
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OUR NOISIER BUSIER WORLD
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DO LESS NOT DO NOTHING
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THE ART OF LESS
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ZEN TEACHER BUSINESS LEADER
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COMPOSURE IN THE CRUCIBLE
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MANAGERS MANAGE MEETINGS
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WORK LIKE A GREAT ATHLETE
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ROUTINES
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INSATIABLE WANTS
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RESISTANCE
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MAN OVERBOARD
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THE POWER OF POSITIVE PRIMING
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PRECISE OBSERVATIONS
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STOPPING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD
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MORE KINDNESS AND LOVE
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TRANSFORMING BUSYNESS INTO COMPOSURE AND RESULTS
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THE LESS MANIFESTO
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LESS AT WORK
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FEAR
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TIME AND FEAR
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THE RADICAL PRACTICE OF SITTING 56 WE ACCOMPLISH MORE IN A FLUID WORLD
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GIVING THE GIFT OF FEARLESSNESS 68 RETREAT TO REDUCE FEAR
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LIST YOUR FEARS AND
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ASSUMPTIONS
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UNCOVERING OUR OWN ASSUMPTIONS
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CLEANING MURKY WATER
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GETTING FEEDBACK
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IDENTIFYING TRIGGERS
101
KNOW THYSELF
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THE NO FESTERING RULE
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ASK FOR AND OFFER HELP
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DISTRACTIONS
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GREAT AND NOTSOGREAT DISTRACTIONS 122 MANAGING DISTRACTIONS
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STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING DISTRACTIONS 132 ENVISIONING SUCCESS
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INTEGRATIVE THINKING
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INSPIRING CREATIVITY
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SMALL CHANGES FOR BIG RESULTS
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BUSYNESS OR FINDING THE ONE WHO IS NOT BUSY
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LESS EFFORT MORE RESULTS
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TAKE A BREAK FOR A BREAKTHROUGH
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FORGET YOURSELF
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SLOW DOWN TO MOVE FAST
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TO NAVIGATE TURBULENCE RELAX
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EMBRACE PARADOX
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Describe Your Paradoxes
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ALIGNMENT REDUCES BUSYNESS
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EPILOGUE
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THE POWER OF SABBATH
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YOU ARE PERFECT THE WAY YOU
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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SOURCES AND RECOMMENDED READING
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Back Cover Material
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Index
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