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How to Use 80/20 to Unleash Powerful Results
I’ve been a longtime follower and student of Perry Marshall. Perry is one of the most sought-after consultants in the world. He is the author of some of the world’s most popular books on advertising, marketing, and sales including, Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords, 80/20 Sales and Marketing, and many other books and articles.
You might think that Perry isn’t someone I would interview. However, nothing could be further from the truth.
Perry’s expertise goes well beyond sales and marketing and spans engineering, art, and psychology. He founded the $10 million Evolution 2.0 Prize to solve one of the leading mysteries in science. He is also the author of Evolution 2.0.
I never considered interviewing Perry or thought he would be interested in doing so until I received one of his newsletters. The newsletter talked about his interest in using marketing to shift the culture and his fascination with the following question:
How do you hold conversations that nobody wants to have because of political correctness or stupidity spasms or hidden agendas?
This idea was immediately relevant and spoke to me.
Shifting the culture and having bigger conversations that break down barriers are at the heart of why the Exploring Forward-Thinking Workplaces exists.
There’s a lot of valuable advice and insights to unpack in my interview with Perry, but there’s one particularly powerful idea I want to highlight:
80/20 is Fractal!
As you probably already know, a fractal is a pattern inside a pattern inside a pattern. These patterns run infinitely, recursively repeating.
The fractal nature of 80/20 means there’s an 80/20 inside every 80/20!
Perry was the first person to discover this powerful nature of 80/20. And once you see it, you can apply it in so many, many powerful ways.
Here’s one recommendation from Perry on how to apply this idea:
Let’s take a simple example of this idea. Checking your email or posting on social media might be worth $10 per hour of your time, but the return on coming up with a new marketing strategy or headline might be worth $10,000 per hour of your time!
I intentionally remind myself almost every day to spend more of my time doing the 1% or 5% activities.
The fractal nature of 80/20 is one of the most valuable ideas I learned from Perry that I apply in my work every day.
Here are a few of my favorite takeaways from the interview:
- Do an audition, not an interview.
- Help people learn how they best enlist other people’s cooperation.
- Deep down most people want to live the hero’s journey.
- What do we need to subtract?
- What is the highest and best good that you can aim for?
- Figure out the top 1% or 5% activity that you could possibly be doing.
- 80/20 is not just a business rule of thumb, it’s most powerful when it’s an action you take.
- All great leaders rack the shotgun.
There’s a lot more in the full interview, so I hope you will pick up a copy of The Future of the Workplace and discover more powerful insights from Perry Marshall!
What people are saying about Forward Thinking Workplaces –
Your questions are more important than our answers? Why? Because every leader ought to be asking him/herself those questions and implementing the forward thinking insights that will create meaningful purpose, and superior performance.
John BellCEO (Past), Jacobs Suchard
FORWARD21: top articles that got my attention
10 ways to have a better conversation ⎜Celeste Headlee
You’re Not Listening. Here’s Why. ⎜Kate Murphy in The NY Times
The Future of Work Is Conversational ⎜Daniel Stillman
80/20 Sales and Marketing ⎜Perry Marshall
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