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Building a successful company and career doesn’t mean sacrificing your family, health, or life. You check email the moment you lift your head off the pillow in the morning. You bring work with you on vacation, sneak glances at your smart phone during family dinners, and take business calls and texts at your kid’s sports games. It’s as if you’ve been forced to make a choice Building a successful company and career doesn’t mean sacrificing your family, health, or life. You check email the moment you lift your head off the pillow in the morning. You bring work with you on vacation, sneak glances at your smart phone during family dinners, and take business calls and texts at your kid’s sports games. It’s as if you’ve been forced to make a choice between your company or your life, sacrificing time for yourself and family for the sake of career success. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The most successful business leaders have learned to bust through the direct one-to-one relationship between hours worked and value created by refocusing their company, department, or team’s best talent and attention on their highest value activities—generating hundreds, even thousands, of hours of value in the process. In The Freedom Formula, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and successful entrepreneur David Finkel will help you operationalize working smarter. No fluff, no theory, Finkel shares the detailed blueprint to create maximum value for your company without working nights, weekends, or while on “vacation.” You’ll learn: Why working longer and harder doesn’t pay off (and what actually does) Why the 80-20 principle doesn’t go far enough (and how to take it to its most productive extreme) How to escape the “Time and Effort” Economy How to structure your day and week so that you reclaim five or more hours each week in usable blocks of your best time How to leverage the five Freedom Accelerators to get your life back faster And much more! Whether you’re a business owner, top executive, key manager, or someone who aspires to be, The Freedom Formula offers you a simple, proven recipe to create more value in less time. It’s a radical new approach to structuring your and your team’s priorities and time in order to reclaim hours of your day—and the freedom to live your life, not just your job.


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Building a successful company and career doesn’t mean sacrificing your family, health, or life. You check email the moment you lift your head off the pillow in the morning. You bring work with you on vacation, sneak glances at your smart phone during family dinners, and take business calls and texts at your kid’s sports games. It’s as if you’ve been forced to make a choice Building a successful company and career doesn’t mean sacrificing your family, health, or life. You check email the moment you lift your head off the pillow in the morning. You bring work with you on vacation, sneak glances at your smart phone during family dinners, and take business calls and texts at your kid’s sports games. It’s as if you’ve been forced to make a choice between your company or your life, sacrificing time for yourself and family for the sake of career success. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The most successful business leaders have learned to bust through the direct one-to-one relationship between hours worked and value created by refocusing their company, department, or team’s best talent and attention on their highest value activities—generating hundreds, even thousands, of hours of value in the process. In The Freedom Formula, Wall Street Journal bestselling author and successful entrepreneur David Finkel will help you operationalize working smarter. No fluff, no theory, Finkel shares the detailed blueprint to create maximum value for your company without working nights, weekends, or while on “vacation.” You’ll learn: Why working longer and harder doesn’t pay off (and what actually does) Why the 80-20 principle doesn’t go far enough (and how to take it to its most productive extreme) How to escape the “Time and Effort” Economy How to structure your day and week so that you reclaim five or more hours each week in usable blocks of your best time How to leverage the five Freedom Accelerators to get your life back faster And much more! Whether you’re a business owner, top executive, key manager, or someone who aspires to be, The Freedom Formula offers you a simple, proven recipe to create more value in less time. It’s a radical new approach to structuring your and your team’s priorities and time in order to reclaim hours of your day—and the freedom to live your life, not just your job.

49 review for The Freedom Formula: How to Succeed in Business Without Sacrificing Your Family, Health, or Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Peter Curtiss

    Finkel offers up insight on systems that will aid one in trying to work smarter, rather than simply harder. There are certainly some useful bits. Unfortunately the book is rather fluffed up. Almost all the evidence that is used to support his arguments is anecdotal evidence, and they, for the most part, read like self aggrandizing testimonials. Very little substance in the explanations - just that he told a "large" company to make x change, and then a fast forward to explaining their growth, as Finkel offers up insight on systems that will aid one in trying to work smarter, rather than simply harder. There are certainly some useful bits. Unfortunately the book is rather fluffed up. Almost all the evidence that is used to support his arguments is anecdotal evidence, and they, for the most part, read like self aggrandizing testimonials. Very little substance in the explanations - just that he told a "large" company to make x change, and then a fast forward to explaining their growth, as if that one change was the only thing that occurred and that there was a control for other variables. There aren't any references to contemporary large business movements as examples of the ideas (where the mainstream example that one might already be familiar with or interested in shows the idea) or any studies to support his claims. Overall the book reads like a glorified infomercial for coaching services - even all the free materials he alludes to throughout the book are behind an email subscription wall (assuming that's all they're behind).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Giraldo

    I started my first business when my oldest was 2 years old. At the time, I thought I had a good idea of how to achieve a work-life balance. I was making 2M a year and brought my kids to the office and to meetings. I thought I had this Mom CEO thing down. 10 years and 2 kids later, I can honestly say that I wish I would have done it differently. David’s explanation of the time-value matrix makes so much sense, and really hits home the idea that working harder and longer hours isn’t the way to grow I started my first business when my oldest was 2 years old. At the time, I thought I had a good idea of how to achieve a work-life balance. I was making 2M a year and brought my kids to the office and to meetings. I thought I had this Mom CEO thing down. 10 years and 2 kids later, I can honestly say that I wish I would have done it differently. David’s explanation of the time-value matrix makes so much sense, and really hits home the idea that working harder and longer hours isn’t the way to grow a business. This book is full of concrete ideas and tools that you can start using right away to change the way you use your time and energy. The Freedom Formula is a great read! And I am pumped to start implementing David’s ideas in my business.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victoria B.

    3.5 stars As a mid-level worker who works multiple positions and has very limited decision-making capabilities, this book doesn't really speak to how I can succeed without sacrificing my family, health, or life. I was able to find some steps that I can do to make more efficient use of time during the week (focus hours, turning email notification on my phone off, not answering my phone outside of work hours), but this book is primary written for higher-level leaders, executives, CEOs, and entrepre 3.5 stars As a mid-level worker who works multiple positions and has very limited decision-making capabilities, this book doesn't really speak to how I can succeed without sacrificing my family, health, or life. I was able to find some steps that I can do to make more efficient use of time during the week (focus hours, turning email notification on my phone off, not answering my phone outside of work hours), but this book is primary written for higher-level leaders, executives, CEOs, and entrepreneurs - someone who can influence company culture, has a say in hiring and firing, and delegates responsibility among employees. The language is, for the most part, simple and easy to understand. The information is broken down into digestible steps with sample forms and charts throughout, as well as a link to an online kit (which I haven't explored yet). I don't think a lot of the information is new, but if the reader feels overwhelmed with their business (or "Always On"), they might appreciate the reminders and the step-by-step guide in how to make changes. It's also a good reminder for those higher up the chain to review the amount of work and expectations they have for those lower down the chain, especially in a "Value Economy." Favorite quote: ...drip your celebrations into the daily, weekly, and monthly rhythm of your organization, rather than making them just a once-a-year event...This isn't just about motivation and engagement, it's about helping to focus your team on the things that are working and that you want to see more of. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a great read. I typically am not much of a reader and more audio based but was able to read this book in two nights. What David shared about the "time and effort economy" really resonated with me and helped me see that the Freedom Formula can have a lasting impact for anyone whether you are an entrepreneur or an executive. On that section of the book I couldn't help but read and shake my head yes as if David was talking to me directly and reading my mind. The dummy proof solid tools and This was a great read. I typically am not much of a reader and more audio based but was able to read this book in two nights. What David shared about the "time and effort economy" really resonated with me and helped me see that the Freedom Formula can have a lasting impact for anyone whether you are an entrepreneur or an executive. On that section of the book I couldn't help but read and shake my head yes as if David was talking to me directly and reading my mind. The dummy proof solid tools and step by step action items that were shared in regards to mastering time, building and developing company culture and accountability made it feel like these were realistic things that can be accomplished.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Conkle

    This book is must reading for strategic planning of your business. Excellent insights and real-life examples of how David Finkel has helped business owners get a handle on their business and maximize their potential without stretching them beyond their limits. If you’ve ever felt you can’t give any more to your business than you already do, this is the book for you. My key takeaway was learning how to identify my fewer, better activities to devote my time and attention to in order to get maximum This book is must reading for strategic planning of your business. Excellent insights and real-life examples of how David Finkel has helped business owners get a handle on their business and maximize their potential without stretching them beyond their limits. If you’ve ever felt you can’t give any more to your business than you already do, this is the book for you. My key takeaway was learning how to identify my fewer, better activities to devote my time and attention to in order to get maximum results. You identify those activities with the tools provided in the book with step by step instructions. The chapters on becoming a better coach and growing your leaders are also must reads for any organization.

  6. 4 out of 5

    B.

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I was hoping to see some new ideas. I read a lot of academic studies and peer-reviewed articles, and work-life balance comes up more and more frequently as the years pass by. I entered this giveaway because I was curious to see whether or not any new ideas would be present within the book. I'm sorry to say, the answer is no. If anything, the author's main points are found in journal articles that came out between 5-10 years ago, so I found this one to I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I was hoping to see some new ideas. I read a lot of academic studies and peer-reviewed articles, and work-life balance comes up more and more frequently as the years pass by. I entered this giveaway because I was curious to see whether or not any new ideas would be present within the book. I'm sorry to say, the answer is no. If anything, the author's main points are found in journal articles that came out between 5-10 years ago, so I found this one to be somewhat outdated. Unfortunately, Finkel just doesn't come up with a single new premise. While this may be great for the average layperson (i.e. a person who doesn't stay up to date on current research), this was ultimately a disappointment for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I really enjoyed this book & I definitely think it will help me with my time management both at work & at home. My favorite chapter is Chapter 2: Reclaim Your Own Time. I would buy this book just for that chapter alone. I definitely recommend it for anyone needing to retool their time management strategies.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Csimplot Simplot

    Excellent book!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Iván

    Esperaba mucho más de este libro. Aunque da algunas recomendaciones útiles, me ha parecido un libro prescindible. Me ha costado terminarlo.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary Tharp

    Great information.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I won this book through Goodreads. Very informative information. Lots of easy to follow solutions. Well organized and thought out.

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