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Power of An Hour: Business and Life Mastery in One Hour A Week

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Praise for The Power of an Hour

"The master at getting what you want from others now tells us how to get what we want from ourselves! This is really a great book, and I recommend it highly—for you, for your team, and for your children."

—Bob Burg, author, Endless Referrals

"If you want to make predictable, systematic change in your life or your business, buy this book. Each chapter is a stand-alone system that results in powerful change … fast."

—David Hancock, The Entrepreneurial Publisher, CEO, Morgan James Publishing

"Dave's methods helped me take my business from $0 to $10 million in sales. If you're a creative business owner who wants total focus and massive success, run, don't walk, and get this book!"

—Stephanie Frank, author, The Accidental Millionaire

"The Power of an Hour is a mighty powerful way to sort out your financesby first sorting out yourself!"

—Mark Joyner, #1 bestselling author, The Irresistible Offer

"The disease of the twenty-first century, no matter who you are or what you do, is Time Deficit Disorder. Dave Lakhani offers a brilliant solution in this book.Get it and take the cure—you'll be surprised how much better you feel!"

—David Garfinkel, author, Customers on Demand

My comments: The overall concept has some validity, but the author is out of his depth in the field of thinking, work-life, and management. In spite of these shortcomings it contains some useful attention-directing tools.


  • Forward

  • Preface

  • Acknowledgments

  • About the Author

  • 1 The Power of an Hour

    • Change

    • How the Power of an Hour Works

    • Seven Steps to Activating the Power of an Hour

    • A closer look at each of the steps

      • Clearly Identify What You Need to Change

      • Apply Critical Thinking to Identify the Structure of Change

      • Apply Creative Thinking to Identify Other Solutions

      • Identify Next Steps

      • Schedule Your Change and Take the First Steps to Action

      • Evaluate Your Activity and Measure Your Success

      • Reward Your Successful Completion

    • Using Mind Manager

    • Using the Power of an Hour regulary

  • 2 How to Focus The Power in the Hour

    • Fearsome Focus

    • Martial arts example

    • Answer These Questions About Your Experience With Focus

      • The questions

      • Attaining better focus

      • Step in Fearsome Focus

    • The Fearsome Focus Process

      • Clearly Define What You'll Focus Your Effort On

      • Define the Action Steps Necessary to Accomplish the Project

      • Surround Yourself with Tools and Stimuli Related to Your Focus

      • Do Not Allow Distractions to Divert Your Attention

      • Launch into the Project

      • Evaluate Your Success Frequently by Consulting Your Action Steps and Immediately Reengaging

      • When Confronted with Distractions, Acknowledge, Remove , and Instantly Reengage

      • Continue until All Action Steps Are Complete

      • Acknowledge Completion and Relax

    • A Few Tips for Focus Success

    • One Hour Action Plan

      • What specifically do I want to accomplish?

      • Create Fearsome Focus

  • 3 How to Think Critically

    • What Is Critical Thinking?

      • Body heat loss example

      • Necessary to evaluate daily message assault

    • How to Think Critically

      • Acknowledge that You Are a Critical Thinker and Apply the Skills Regularly

      • Understand the Blocks to Critical Thinking and Avoid Them

      • Listen for and Understand Arguments

      • Evaluate the Legitimacy of the Evidence

      • Evaluate the Case

  • 4 How to Think Creatively

    • Encountering Einstein

      • First Exercise

      • Creative Stimulus--Better Questions

      • Stimulus can come in many other forms

      • Second Exercise

    • Spend Your Hour Creatively--Do Something Different

    • Warning

    • One Last Exercise--Build a Lego Model

    • Crazy Ideas into Action

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 5 Personal Hour 1 — Set the Stage

    • Three Steps to Setting the Stage

    • Three Steps to Setting the Stage Expanded

      • Step 1-Clearly Define What You Want

      • Step 2-Define Specifically What You Will Do to Create the Change

        • Achievement Action Plan

      • Step 3-Determine How You'll Know You've Been Successful

  • 6 Personal Hour 2 — Identify the Blocks

    • Husband and wife example

    • Identifying Blocks

      • Procrastination

      • Ambivalence

      • Have to or Should Do

      • Excuses and justifications

      • Giving Up

    • Identifying Blocks Exercise

    • Interlinking of personal and work lives

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 7 Personal Hour 3 — Destroy the Blocks

    • The Four-Step Block Buster Plan

      • Clearly Identify and Describe the Block You Are Facing

      • Define Specifically the Result You Intend to Achieve by Removing the Block

      • Define Your Action Plan and Timeline for Removing the Block

        • Action Plan and Timeline

      • Take Action

    • One-Hour Action Plan

      • What Specifically Do I Want to Accomplish?

      • What Specifically Am I Going to Do to Destroy My Blocks?

  • 8 Personal Hour 4 — Relationships

    • Energy Thieves

    • Categorizing Relationships

      • Family

      • Mutually Beneficial and Supportive Relationships

      • Long-Term Friends

      • One-Sided Relationships

    • How to Categorize Your Relationships by Time

      • Family Relationships

      • Mutually Beneficial and Supportive Relationships

      • Long-Term Friends

      • One-Sided Relationships

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 9 Personal Hour 5 — Finances

    • Prior to Setting up Any Plan

      • Accountant

    • Setting up Your Plan

      • Make it Automatic

      • Make it Digital

      • Be Frugal When You Can but Don't Step over Dollars to Pick up Dimes

      • Review it Regularly

    • Investment Basics You Should Know, According to James Berman

      • Ask Yourself This Question to Find out if You Are Gambling

      • How to Determine if You Are Qualified to Invest Your Own Money

      • If You Decide to Invest for Yourself

      • What Can You Realistically Expect if You Follow This Process?

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 10 Personal Hour 6 — Self-Improvement

    • Four Reasons Self-Improvement Efforts Typically Fail

      • Already busy, and easier to put off than …

      • Prefer instant gratification

      • Peer pressure

      • Past experience

    • Determining the Areas of Your Life to Focus on First

      • Golf tips

    • Ideas for Self-Improvement That You May Want to Develop

    • How to Create Continuous Self-Improvement

      • Tips For Improving Your Fitness

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 11 Personal Hour 7 — Mental Vacation

    • How to Make Your Mental Vacations Powerful

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 12 Personal Hour 8 — Envisioneering: Creating a Master Life Vision

    • About vision

    • About manisfestation

    • Creating your Master Life Vision

    • Hidden Secret of Manifestation Revealed

      • The four requirements

        • Specifically defining what you want

        • Understanding how what you want fist into your master vision of life

        • Giving your Master Life Vision power

        • Activating your Master Life Vision

      • Summary

    • Power Questions to Jumpstart Your Master Life Vision

      • Double loop approach

      • Questions to ponder

        • My Perfect Life

        • My Perfect Career or Business

        • My Perfect Relationship

        • My Perfect Spirituality

        • My Perfect Financial Situation

        • Miscellaneous Questions

    • Final Steps to Success

      • Consolidation of exercise results

      • Tracking progress

      • Action elements (skills, experiences, places etc.)

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 13 Personal Hour 9 — Overcome Your Fear and Reinvent Yourself

    • The Fear Factor

    • How to Overcome Fear

    • How to Determine Your Educated Action Steps

    • How to Reinvent Yourself

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 14 Business Hour 1 — Finding Your Business Focus

    • Chet Holmes approach

    • Breaking out the Operational Units

      • Sales

      • Marketing

      • Operations

      • Financial Operations

      • Manufacturing or Service Delivery Units

      • Human Resources

        • Hiring decisions

        • Employee expectation managmentt

    • Power Questions for Finding Business Focus

    • Open Your Eyes

    • Measure Your Improvement

    • The Power of Finding Your Business Focus

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 15 Business Hour 2 — Time Management

    • The Discipline of Time Management

      • Logging and evaluating time usage

    • Time Killers

    • The Value of Your Time

    • Advice from a Sergeant

    • The Secret to Managing Time

    • Managing Your Time

    • Other Time Tips From Dennis Stockwell

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 16 Business Hour 3 — Management

    • Creating and Articulating Your Vision

    • The Bold Approach Goal

    • Creating Your Business Culture

      • Empower Employees

      • Motivation and Recognition

      • Delegate for Success

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 17 Business Hour 4 — Sales and Marketing

    • Unique Differentiator

    • Advertising

    • Public Relations

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 18 Business Hour 5 — Customer Experience

    • Desirable unique customer experiences

    • Finding Our Exceptional Experience

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 19 Business Hour 6 — Making Connections

    • Three Types of Connections

      • Mastermind Partner

      • Power Partners

      • Casual Connections

    • Maintaining Connections

    • Connecting

      • Mastermind Partners

      • Power Partners

      • Casual Connections

      • Daily Personal Plan

      • Weekly Personal Plan

    • Letting Relationships Die

      • Evaluation process

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 20 Business Hour 7 — Mentoring

    • Mentoring Is:

    • Mentoring Is Not:

    • Whom Should You Mentor?

      • How to Choose Whom You Mentor

      • Making Mentoring Work

      • Formalizing the Relationship

      • Creating Commitment on Both Sides

    • Developing the Person You Mentor

    • Ending the Relationship

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 21 Business Hour 8 — Give Something Back

    • Ways to give back

    • Getting started

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • 22 Business Hour 9 — The Final Hour

    • What Should Be Systemized

    • How to Create Effective Systems

      • Clearly Identify the System or Process

      • Identify the Outcome of Performing the System or Process

      • Identify Who Should Run the System or Process

      • Identify the Exact Steps Involved in Performing the Process

      • Identify the Expected Outcomes at the End of Each Step

      • Identify the Confirmation Signal that the Process Is Complete

    • What to Do Once You've Documented Your Systems

    • How to Use Your System Books

    • What Can Be Systemized?

    • One-Hour Action Plan

  • Call It a Day

    • Other Power Hours

      • Handling difficult employees

      • Effective interpersonal communication

      • Accounting systems

      • Your public image

      • Any skill you want to develop

      • A new hobby

      • Organization

      • Employee development

      • Improving your health or fitness level

      • Researching new products to add to your mix

      • Developing a new channel of distribution

      • Reading

      • Writing your own book

The list goes on and on, but it is up to you to pick what is most interesting and meaningful to you. The key is doing it and doing it consistently.

Remember this most important key as you move forward. You don't have to do everything yourself. The more you focus and leverage your hours by enlisting the help of others to accomplish your goals, the more effective you'll be in powering every hour.

Manage your hours by managing your resources. The more hours you spend focused on directing the outcomes of many other hours occurring simultaneously the more you'll achieve.

Pass this book on to your people, so that they can achieve more in their lives and so that they can best and most appropriately support you.

Your very next hour is waiting for you to power it up. What are you going to do next?


“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker

The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure

Managing Oneself (PDF) is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context




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