The Pareto Principle, or the 80:20 rule, has become a generally accepted short-hand for the fact that 80% of results are produced by 20% of cause or input.
In terms of great business performance it would be easy to suggest that the ideal is 100:0; namely, that people should be giving 100% effort, 100% of the time. From conversations with thousands of leaders however it seems this is neither realistic, nor even desirable in anything other than the short-term. People get burnt-out by such total commitment when they get this balance wrong in the long-term.
However, if you want to stand-out as a higher performer at work than the vast majority of the crowd, all you need to do is raise your game by 5%. Drive for 85% effort 85% of the time and you will notice that your results improve dramatically and you begin to move ahead of your peers. The great thing about such a strategy is it not a zero-sum game: you gain and so does your business/boss. Plus, your peers are not negatively affected by your improved performance – whether they choose to follow your example or not of course is another matter altogether … perhaps you should show them this blog and let them decide for themselves?
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