Great Ceos Are Lazy: How Exceptional Ceos Do More in Less Time: How do really great CEOs manage to accomplish more in less time than others? And how do they still have time for hobbies, friends, and family? The secret lies in their approach to time management. Instead of spreading their time thinly across many tasks, the best CEOs focus on eliminating the most significant obstacle holding back their business’s growth. They invest time in identifying this obstacle before taking action, similar to finding and fixing a kink in a garden hose to restore the flow.

Depending on the obstacle, they take on different roles: Learner, Architect, Coach, Engineer, or Player, which make up the foundation of effective leadership. These roles have a high impact on the business, leading to lasting improvements. This insight comes from working with many successful CEOs leading rapidly growing companies, so it’s not just a theory.

The key to being both great and “lazy” is to work only on the point of constraint and avoid tasks that don’t increase the organization’s capacity. Lazy CEOs have developed tools to avoid non-essential work effectively.

In the words of Bill Gates, “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”

So, do you want to keep working hard, or would you rather embrace the smart approach of being “lazy” and achieving more with less effort?

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