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What We're Reading: Essentialism by George McKeown


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In Southern California's vibrant, fast-paced world, we often find ourselves stretched too thin, pulled in too many directions, and caught up in a relentless chase for more. George McKeown’s Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less offers a refreshing antidote—a call to focus on what's truly important and strip away the non-essentials.


As change management professionals, we know how critical it is to guide organizations through transitions with clarity and focus. Essentialism is a must-read that aligns perfectly with our mission. McKeown introduces us to "essentialism," a disciplined, systematic approach to discerning what is essential, eliminating what is not, and making the highest possible contribution towards the things that matter.


McKeown breaks down the process into three key areas: "Explore," "Eliminate," and "Execute." The "Explore" section helps us uncover what truly matters, the "Eliminate" section encourages us to remove the non-essentials, and the "Execute" section shows us how to make the vital few things effortless.


These principles are golden for change management professionals. We often face projects where prioritization is critical and resources are limited. McKeown’s insights guide us in aligning our efforts with organizational priorities, enabling us to lead transitions more effectively.


McKeown’s laid—back yet purposeful SoCal—friendly style resonates with our coastal vibe. He invites us to embrace a lifestyle that balances productivity with relaxation, focuses on quality over quantity, and lives intentionally.


Essentialism by George McKeown is not just a book but a mindset—an invitation to reclaim control of our lives, our work, and our energy. For those of us in the business of change, it's an essential read, helping us cut through the noise and focus on what truly matters for our organizations and ourselves. It's a transformative tool that can revolutionize the way we approach our work and life.

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