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5.0 out of 5 stars Less is more, December 15, 2012
This review is from: The Laws of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything (Hardcover)
Because I am a big believer and user of 8-word WHY's instead of 8-sentence mission/vision statements, I admit that I read this book to support my view and improve my view instead of change my view on simplification. Author Matthew May did not disappoint me. It is a very good book.

Three highlights for me were:
1. The most important thing in art is the frame. The frame serves to define where the art stops and the real world begins. Framing a problem or opportunity is of utmost importance that many leaders forget to do effectively.

2. Break is the important part of breakthrough. There are two types of breaks ... those I make and those I take. Innovation, growth and improvement begin with a break.

3. If government required every healthcare provider to post their prices, we would not need the 2,500 Obamacare legislation. Healthcare providers know what they will be reimbursed for a procedure. Post it and let me decide where to go for care based on price and quality.

On page 173 the author refers to one of my heroes, Peter Drucker. Drucker recommended we list our activities (since I am an Activity Based Cost Management practioner, I love this advice). Then abandon those that are no longer at peak productivity. The Laws of Subtraction will help me do that as I prepare my plans for 2013.
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