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10-80-10

108010The “Pareto Principle” is well-known..  It’s the “80-20 Rule”.  But how many have heard of the “10-80-10 Rule”?

10-80-10 was a source of much amusement when I was working at an Investment Bank in the mid-Eighties.

Our version went something like this:

In any company, 10 percent of the people do the work; 80 percent of the people do nothing; the last 10 percent stop the first 10 percent from finishing anything.

And in some companies, I’m sure it’s still true today.

Last Chance To See

I just finished reading this book by Douglas Adams and I can’t believe that I haven’t read it before.  It didn’t disappoint.

I have been a long time fan of Mr. Adams and I thought I had read most of his work (all six books of the Hitchhiker’s Guide “trilogy”, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,  The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul etc.).

I chuckled, I laughed out loud.  The poignant epilogue story about the Sibylline Books will be long-remembered.

What a gift it was to stumble across it.