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

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Penguin, Sep 6, 2007 - Business & Economics - 144 pages
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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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Juggling Elephants by Jones Loflin and Todd Musig An Easier Way to Get your Most Important Things Done -Now! Told in the format of a story from within the three rings of a Circus, this business self ... Read full review

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Ah, business training parables. I have read too many of them. I guess I am more than a little cynical when I pick one up anymore. Most are contrived stories, about 100 pages of large font type ... Read full review


Before the Story
But Wheres the Top Hat?
Programs Get Your Programs
The Performers
Dress Rehearsal
A New Level of Performance

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About the author (2007)

Jones Loflin is an internationally recognized speaker and corporate trainer with more than 19 years of experience. He is the president of Helping Others Prepare for Excellence Inc. Jones is the coauthor of Getting to It and Juggling Elephants as well as the author of Getting the Blue Ribbon. He lives with his family in North Carolina.

Todd Musig has more than 20 years of experience in training, marketing, and consulting working at organizations such as Franklin Covey and AchieveGlobal. He is the coauthor of Getting to It and Juggling Elephants. He lives with his family in Utah.

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