What’s on Your NOT-To-Do List?

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In this video interview, Matthew May, supporting faculty at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and author of the recently released book, In Pursuit of Elegance:Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing, discusses the four principles of elegance: symmetry, seduction, subtraction, and sustainability. Instead of having a to-do list, May says, find elegance in your professionial life by creating a NOT-to-do list.

In Pursuit of Elegance debuted at #1 on 800CEORead.com and #2 in the Creativity & Genius category on Amazon. Professor May was also a long-time consultant to the University of Toyota and the author of the critically acclaimed The Elegant Solution, which won the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence.

Questions for Professor May:

  1. What is elegance in terms of business?
  2. What is the opposite of elegance in business?
  3. Explain the four key elements of elegance.
  4. What is the role of emotional intelligence in leadership development?
  5. How can a business manager “find” elegance?
  6. What’s the big takeaway from In Pursuit of Elegance?

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Matthew May, Supporting Faculty
Matthew May, Supporting Faculty
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