Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Greg McKeown’s framework for focusing on what’s important and eliminating what’s not—even in the most chaotic of times.
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The Disciplined Pursuit of Less: Greg McKeown saw first-hand how success can lead straight to professional and personal failure during his career evaluating and coaching Silicon Valley executives. “The heart of the problem,” he says, “is the insidious idea that we can do it all.” Instead, McKeown takes inspiration from the philosophy of “less, but better.”

Program Topics

  • Leadership and Execution: Why Some Teams Break Through to the Next Level—And Others Don’t

    Describing five ways teams become dysfunctional, McKeown illustrates how to create unified and adaptable teams that produce breakthroughs in the face of any challenge.

  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    McKeown offers a framework for discerning what is essential, eliminating what is not, and removing obstacles in order to make the execution of what is essential as effortless as possible.

  • Creativity and Innovation: The Other Half of Innovation

    The second half of innovation is rarer than the ideation phase, but it’s also where true breakthrough value lies. In this keynote, McKeown teaches how to select only the most valuable ideas and execute them effortlessly.



The Disciplined Pursuit of Less


Have you ever felt the urge to declutter your work life? Do you often find yourself stretched too thin? Are you frequently busy but not productive?

If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.  It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward the things that really matter.

Essentialism is not one more thing—it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to do less, but better, and declutter and organize their own their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

Available as hardcover, eBook, or unabridged audiobook.

272 pages; April 15, 2014



“Get a competitive jump on the new year with….Essentialism… learn how to identify the right things, focus on getting them done, and forget the rest. In other words, ‘do less, but better.’”


Greg McKeown’s excellent new book is a much-needed antidote to the stress, burnout, and compulsion to ‘do everything,’ that infects us all. It is an essential read for anyone who wants to regain control of their health, well-being, and happiness.”

—Arianna Huffington, co-founder and former president and editor in chief of the Huffington Post
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