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Organized for Success

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In this guide, Stephanie Winston explains how she discovered, after more than two decades as a leading organization expert and bestselling author, that senior executives and CEOs seem to possess unique conceptual skills in the areas of time management and organization that enable them to dramatically increase their productivity. Intrigued by this revelation, Winston set ou ...more
ebook, 144 pages
Published August 17th 2004 by Crown Business (first published January 1st 2004)
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Shawn Sorensen
Jun 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read this about five years ago, and it organized my brain enough to remember a few things. Firstly, some of the best managers don't multitask as much as they concentrate on doing one thing at a time - and getting it done. More tasks get done, and they can be checked off the paper checklist and the mental worry list. Secondly, they get back to EVERYONE that contacts them, for any reason. They close the mental worry list of the person trying to contact them with a solid "yes", "no" or "I'll work ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A "collective wisdom" book is a dangerous task: either those who contribute offer wisdom that is all over the place and can leave the thrust of the book incoherent or the editor's voice can monopolize the conversation and the contributor's voices become flattened. Winston does an excellent job of avoiding both follies in "Organized for Success." There isn't much new ground covered here, the majority of the book is taking the simple TRAF (Toss, Refer, Act, File) method and applying it to the diff ...more
This book has some helpful tips and provides a peek at what makes CEO's so successful. It's pretty to easy to skim; although some of the pull out boxes didn't make a lot of sense to me.
The two tips I found most useful were about interruptions and working in 10 minute chunks of focus. I tend to dismiss these shorter spurts of time, but if you can "swiss-cheese" a task you really can get a lot done in 10 minutes before a meeting. Also, executives don't see people stopping by their office as inter
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Stephanie Winston interviewed and shadowed a number of CEOs to discover how they structured their days and managed their time. All of her sources advanced to the top, rather than started the company. Her premise was that they all had to have certain habits or skills to enable them to manage all that they had to do. The book distills what she found out, and it's a practical, informative read. Most of the principles would be transferrable to those of us in other fields, and I learned several new, ...more
Charlane Brady
Helpful for leaders or for those aspiring to lead. If you are organized this way - you free your mind to be creative and resourceful.

Lori Grant
A should-read book on executive ability in managing your career.
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