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Cut to the Chase: and 99 Other Rules to Liberate Yourself and Gain Back the Gift of Time
 
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Cut to the Chase: and 99 Other Rules to Liberate Yourself and Gain Back the Gift of Time [Format Kindle]

Stuart R. Levine
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1. Cut to the Chase

The only rule I have repeated from my previous book, The Six Fundamentals of Success, is Cut to the Chase. Why the need to say more here? And why an entire book on the subject? Because I realized that my prior advice only scratched the surface of what cutting to the chase is all about.

We give our time away all day long, to emotions that gain us no advantages, to people who do not value our time, to inefficient habits. If you want to take back this time, you need to cut to the chase. The following are the underlying principles behind cutting to the chase, and, in fact, every one of the other ninety-nine rules in the book.

1. Define your purpose. Whether you’re planning a major project at work or thinking about where you want to be in ten years, a clear purpose is your true north by which to navigate as conditions change.

2. Know your world. Continuously seek to understand what’s happening in the world, the economy, your industry, and your organization. Recognize what motivates people. And most important, know yourself—and the world around you.

3. Concentrate. Shut out distractions. Set personal boundaries. Focus. Don’t let people steal your time and don’t give it away easily.


Cutting to the chase means approaching everything from your next phone call to the next five years of your career with clarity and focus. It’s about knowing what’s important and what’s not. It’s about spending time wisely—yours and others’. It’s about getting more done with less effort. And, yes, it’s also about work/life balance—about taking back the weekends and leaving work earlier so you can spend more time doing things you enjoy with the ones you love.

Cutting to the chase involves a commitment to thinking differently. It’s easy to blame change, intrusive technologies, or increasing expectations at work for our own lack of discipline. But wasting time is a personal choice. You can continue complaining that you never have enough time. Or you can put down your BlackBerry, switch off your e-mail alarm, close your office door, take a deep breath, turn the page … and just start.


2. Just start.

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it! — Goethe

The longer you delay starting something, the more shadows you see. To paraphrase a famous Nike campaign, just start.

One CEO I know wanted to initiate a recognition program called “I Caught You Doing Something Good.” He created a committee to put the program together. But the people on it were busy with their regular jobs and had trouble finding the time to meet. The CEO was anxious to spend more time recognizing his people for their hard work. Realizing that the committee was too swamped to put the program together in a timely fashion, he just started. He sent an e–mail to the entire management team asking for nominations. When the results were in, he sent his high performers a personal thank-you note and a $100 gift certificate. The program is working beautifully. The energy it created has added momentum to the company.

Wouldn’t it be nice if life took a cue from horse racing and a gun went off when it was time for us to get moving? Life rarely sends us a signal as clear as a starter’s pistol. It’s up to us to recognize when it’s time to just start.


3. Get in early and go home on time.

Too many people get to work fifteen minutes late, thinking they’ll stay late to make up the lost time. They spend the first half hour getting coffee and catching up with colleagues on the hot new reality TV show. Once they sit down, they make a couple of personal phone calls, and if they’re lucky, they’ll get in an hour or so of “real work” before lunch. Of course, lunch itself is split between planning an upcoming meeting at their desks and catching up on office gossip. With the rest of the day spent returning emails, they might get in two or three hours of real work. So they stay late, inevitably chatting with the other night owls for another half an hour. But it’s okay—after all, they’re “off the clock.”

These people leave the office hours later than they should. They feel burned out because they’ve been there for almost ten hours, crammed in lunch at their desks, and still have so much left to do. Such people often feel ill–used by the organization and see themselves as martyrs. But the truth is, they have wasted hours of valuable work time and have accomplished far less than they could have.

The most effective executives and aspiring executives and managers get in early and stay focused all day. To regain control of your day, first get to work on time. Or, better yet, early. Work smart and hard the entire time you’re there. Visualize a stopwatch ticking away in your head, if necessary. At lunch, leave the office—if only for five or ten minutes—to clear your head so you can be productive in the afternoon. If you want to catch up with friends at the office, schedule lunch with them. When colleagues drop by your office, tell them, “I’m working on something right now, but I’d love to catch up. Why don’t we schedule lunch?”

Don’t confuse time spent at the office with time spent working productively. Working hard and smart will liberate you to spend more time outside the office with the people you care about most.


4. I got it.

As soon as you understand exactly what someone is explaining, tell them in one way or another, “I got it.” Doing so frees them to move on and cover more ground. Similarly, if someone else says “I got it” to you when you’re explaining a point, stop. Ignoring such feedback is a mistake, one that detail-oriented people are particularly vulnerable to. Because they value the details, they feel that others will, too. Of course, not everyone does.

I witnessed how costly this mistake can be in a recent planning session. The project manager continued answering a question long after the man who had asked it said, “I got it.” Even when he repeated, “I got it,” she calmly and insistently continued. As I watched him get angrier and angrier, I realized she had lost him.

If you’re not sure if someone got your point, listen care-fully to the person’s responses. If it’s clear there’s still a misunderstanding, suggest “I’m not sure we’re on the same page. Let’s make sure we understand each other.” If the other person gets it, continue with your next point. Be cognizant of the nonverbal cues that the other person offers. Is he or she growing impatient—nodding, looking away, shifting from side to side? These signals tell you whether or not you still have the listener’s attention. If you don’t, summarize your point quickly—and move on.


5. The first twenty minutes.

You would never see an NBA all-star casually toss a ball into the air and hope it hits the net. Before each jump shot, players pause, find their footing, set their sights on the net, and visualize a swoosh before the ball has even left their fingertips. You can take the same approach at work by visualizing a successful day before it officially begins. It all comes down to the first twenty minutes.

As soon as you get to work, before you turn on your e-mail or check your voice mail, take twenty minutes to plan the day ahead:

• Define your top priority for the day—the one that you would sacrifice all others to achieve—to help focus your energy.

• Update your “To Do” list. Allot time for everything you need to accomplish, including time to prepare for meetings and other conversations.

• Review your calendar. Determine the purpose of each meeting and appointment. If you don’t have one yet, think of one. If you can’t determine one, cancel.

• Consider whom you will see in meetings or other events throughout the day. Jot down any issues you need to address with them.

• Glance at your schedule for the remainder of the week and month to make sure you’re still focused on the right things.


Then check your e-mail and voice mail and start your day.


6. You’re killing me.

What do you do if you’ve said “I got it” to the person addressing you and they keep right on talking? You feel trapped. You know the clock is ticking. This is the third time you’ve heard the story. Everyone in the room is already in what I call “violent agreement.” Instead of getting angry or giving up, look at the other person, laugh, and say, “You’re killing me. I’ve got the point. Let’s move on.”

By being both direct and funny about it, you do two things: (1) you break the tension that everyone probably feels; and (2) by keeping things light, you move the conversation forward without offending. Odds are that the speaker is so wrapped up in the point being made that he or she has stopped observing what was going on around them. You’re offering him or her a graceful way out and helping to keep things moving.

If you’re not comfortable saying “You’re killing me,” try “Time out.” Ask a leading question to direct the conversation in a new direction. Or even suggest a brief break. The point is, find a phrase or method that works for you. If you simply put up with needless repetition, everyone in the room suffers.


7. Get over it.

When someone cuts you off when you’re driving, you may feel a surge of anger. Such anger can turn into road rage, fast. The first bump of adrenaline is a heal...

From Publishers Weekly

While everyone's heard the phrase, author and former CEO Levine (The Six Fundamentals of Success) contends that few really understand the power of his title. In more than 99 short but simple rules, Levine helps readers "speed up," "be direct," "meet smarter," "move forward" and "cut back," among other imperatives. Practicing what he preaches, Levine makes his points with concise, direct advice and short chapters: Levine backs Rule 78, "Weed out your reading pile," with a primer on developing a "core reading list"; in Rule 37, "Tell them if the baby is ugly," he demonstrates why readers shouldn't put criticism on the back burner; and he allows Rule 58, "Recognize when it's all been said," to speak for itself. In other areas, Levine provides snappy ways to deal with toxic coworkers, find more balance in work and home and confront all the distractions and time wasters of daily life. Though much of Levine's advice amounts to good common sense ("Look at the big picture"), and some to cliché ("Trust your gut"), Levine's breezy, humorous take makes these reminders genuinely memorable.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 D'excellentes règles et beaucoup de très bonnes 22 décembre 2008
Par Olivier Roland VOIX VINE
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J'irai droit à l'essentiel et vous dirait que ce livre est un excellent recueil de règles dont plusieurs m'ont parues absolument excellentes et m'ont fait beaucoup réfléchir. Comme pour d'autres recueils de règles, je pense toutefois que beaucoup d'entres elles seront du type j'y pense et puis j'oublie.

Je m'interroge sur la pertinence des recueils de règles. Ce sont avant tout des collections de courts textes reliés entre eux par un thème commun, et cette forme empêche souvent ces livres d'entrer vraiment en profondeur dans le sujet.

Je crois que le meilleur usage que l'on puisse avoir de ces recueils est de les poser sur son bureau et de relire une règle chaque jour, puis d'essayer de l'appliquer durant cette journée. Ainsi, nous pourrons commencer à prendre possession des règles et astuces qui nous sont le plus utiles. Ces livres sont aussi pertinents si nous rencontrons un problème spécifiquement traité par une de ces règles - à condition de s'en rappeler le moment venu.

Le livre en lui-même est bon. Rempli d'images, d'humour et même d'un peu de poésie. L'auteur est visiblement un fana de foot américain et utilise ce sport pour plusieurs de ses images, ce qui pourra rebuter certains lecteurs - et pas d'autres. Les règles oscillent pour la plupart entre le très bon et l'excellent.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Très bons conseils ... à appliquer, bien sûr ! 11 avril 2009
Par Jo-Jo
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"The gift of time" !!!
Je crois que tous les conseils sont bons, mais bien sûr il faudra travailler pour les appliquer à la vie de tous les jours.
J'ai déjà commencé, et c'est extraordinaire: j'ai l'impression d'être en vacances !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Some Great Rules to Get Inspired From 13 mai 2013
Par Jeremie
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I was pretty skeptical at first, because I read a lot of books about being better organized.
But some rules really helped me finding great tricks to act smarter at work, home or else. And it is an easy read, which is also a good point for me. Get it!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Lightweight Common-Sense Book(let) 21 juin 2007
Par Barry Jones - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you're just starting out in the business world this is a good little book to keep around.

I've been in the business world since receiving my MBA in 1988. Time management is something I have a pretty good handle on but hadn't thought about for a couple of years. However, last week my brilliant consultant-wife dropped this book on my desk. She rolled her eyes which I interpreted as "you're on your own with this one". . I read it in 90 minutes and there is some good common-sense advice throughout the volume.

If you have a desperate need to make big strides in time management, then this book would have value to you. I personally found it somewhat "new yorkish". We're not quite so ruthless about people intruding on our schedules out here in Chicagoland. The main issue I have is that there is so little "meat". This is the type of stuff people might have written in the 70's (setting aside references to Blackberrys and email, of course).

My advice would be to keep looking for other books on time management/personal management. Amazon has them all.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you hang out with turkeys, you are not flying with eagles 28 décembre 2006
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Levine's new book underscores the importance of mastering communications with busy, time-deprived top executives in the business world. Practical yet insightful rules like "Close the loop" and "Master the Graceful Exit" go a long way towards a highly successful career and this book should be a "required reading" for any new hires before working for your company.

His last book "Six Fundamentals of Success" was quite an excellent book but "Cut to the Chase" really is two cut above - this truly is a gift for the New Year for friends, associates and family!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book - practical is good 28 décembre 2006
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I love practical business books and this one rates right at the top among those I've read. I am not an academic and I do not have time to read a thousand pages in search of scenarios applicable to me --- I need practical advice that can be applied right away in everyday business and life situations. This one serves up the kind of advice and tips that everyone can put to use right away in daily life. The only regret I see is that someone didn't write this twenty years ago. BTW, my favorites are "I got it" and "you're killing me"; those along could save dozens if not hundreds of hours a year. I'm buying copies for a number of co-workers (so they'll get the message when I say "I got it". Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stuart is the man! 9 janvier 2007
Par Christopher O'Connell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Stuart is a man of the people, who writes books for the people! He lives by the credo, "I trust the people, because when they know the facts, they do the right thing." (Harry S. Truman)

So, if you are looking for an overly scholarly work from the groves of Academe, then move on! But, if what you are seeking is a balanced and heartfelt guide that is grounded in common sense and real-world experience, then this book is for you.

You will learn how to become more productive, improve your quality of life, and have fun doing it, while treasuring each moment along the way.

To cut to the chase, buy the book!

(To save even more time, buy the book for your friends and colleagues!)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Worthwhile making time for 10 octobre 2007
Par Mario Alonso - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Cut to the Chase is light in weight but heavy with practical advice for the workplace. The 100 "tips" are divided into nine sections. Start Now! helps the reader with problems of psychological inertia. Think Clearly deals with organization and anticipation. Speed Up offers advice on promoting and dealing with change. Be Direct encourages clear and effective communication. Meet Smarter has very helpful advice on how to run more effective meetings. Move Forward inspires and guides you to seek and grab opportunities. Cut Back helps you to prioritize. Watch Out is a mix of subjects intended to raise your level of self-fulfillment. Find Balance is additional advice on time management. The book is a quick read and should be added to your list of sources that help you become oriented when life at work seems in disarray.
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