Management Book Spotlight: The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson

Spectrum’s mission to our clients as a leading provider of professional services in NJ is to serve as a valuable resource of information to help employers achieve their business objectives. In our latest management book spotlight, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness, sales and marketing expert and entrepreneur Jeff Olson writes about the crucial factor that sets the foundation of success: consistency – learn more about the key points from The Slight Edge

  • The term “slight edge” refers to small, daily disciplines or habits. Olson explains that “overnight success” is a myth, and that those who are successful owe it to the compound effect of their seemingly inconsequential daily habits adding up over time, as opposed to large bursts of effort every so often. 
  • To reap the benefits of the slight edge, you have to “master the mundane” – i.e., perform small but meaningful tasks related to your goals as part of your daily routine. For example, if your goal is to be a better manager or land a promotion, devote time each and every day (even if it’s just a few minutes) to professional development, such as reading a chapter of a book or listening to a podcast. Eventually, those minutes of reading or listening add up to hours of information attained. 

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Olson defines seven principles that contribute to the slight edge:

  1. Show Up – Simply showing up is half the battle, explains Olson. Skills will grow over time, if you continue to just show up. 
  2. Be Consistent – In order to accomplish a goal, you have to combine showing up with consistent action. For example, if you want to be a better public speaker, not only do you need to take advantage of all opportunities to be in front of a crowd, you also need to consistently practice your speeches. 
  3. Have a Good Attitude – Cultivating a positive attitude increases productivity and makes it easier to stay consistent. Negativity makes it difficult to remain committed and motivated, especially during tough times when it seems like your small actions aren’t adding up to anything yet. 
  4. Be Committed for a Long Period of Time – Don’t give up. Trust that keeping up with your small actions will eventually pay off. 
  5. Have Faith and a Burning Desire – Dig deep and define exactly why you are pursuing a particular goal. Tying these small actions into a personal philosophy and reminding yourself that you’re doing it for reasons that are important to you will help you maintain a burning desire to stay consistent. 
  6. Be Willing to Pay the Price – It will not always be easy or fun to put in the workday in and day out to achieve your goals. In order to be successful, you also have to be willing to sacrifice. 
  7. Practice Slight Edge Integrity – Olson defines integrity as “what you do when no one is watching.” To be successful, you have to be disciplined on your own, and do the small actions every day – even if you have no external consequences for failing to do them. It’s all on you. 

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