past few years world renowned performance expert and
NY Times bestselling author Tom Connellan
became fascinated with the exquisitely small
differences in performances demonstrated by top
performers in business, academics, and sports. He
looked at the success patterns of Olympians, Rhodes
Scholars, astronauts, CEO's, female world leaders,
elite Canadian athletes, top students, top
performing sales reps, military achievers, U.S.
presidents, and others. His findings showed what we
intuitively know to be true � that the difference
between really good and great is amazingly small.
looking at the Men�s Downhill in the 2006 Winter
Olympics, for example, Tom found that the difference
between a Gold Medal and no medal was 1.08 seconds
matter where he looked, he found pretty much the
same thing. The difference between a Gold Medal and
no medal averaged a shade under 1%.
new book, The 1% Solution for Work and Life,
Tom shares his research findings about exactly what
the very best performers do that make this
incredibly important difference.
key", he says, "is that winners have a structure for
making the necessary changes and the losers don't."
Solution gives them the missing structure.
recognizes that most of us aren't going to compete
in the Olympics. But because the tools he advocates
are not based on opinion but on solid research and
testing, they produce results for anyone willing to
take certain steps that leave behind old habits and
beliefs, replacing them with the proper structure.
real discovery," he says "is that there are just a
few key actionable ideas that you need to improve
yourself in whatever you do. You don�t have to
compete with other people. You just have to focus on
being better today than you were yesterday."
examples land like a velvet coated sledgehammer!
His book is chock full of simple, easy-
to-understand tools and techniques that teach you
how to make a difference. Here�s a sample of five
actionable ideas from the book that make it easier
to power up and get your work and life going on a
* Be 1%
better in 100�s of things. There's no way a company
can be 100% better than the competition. But it can
be 1% better in 100's of things. A company that
executes better on 100's of things will smash the
competition every time.
one thing to change and stick with that change for
30 days. The time frame works because research
shows that it takes between 21 and 30 days for the
new way to become a habit. You can even change a
negative emotion, a facial expression, or voice
tonality as a small initial change.
better today than you were yesterday. You may never
be the very best in the world at what you do, but
you can be better than you are right now. The
Olympic motto is Citius Altius Fortius which
translates into swifter, higher, stronger� not into
swiftest, highest, strongest. That means working at
getting better every day.
the Power of Yet. I'm not a millionaire is
different than I'm not a millionaire yet. Each
resonates within the body in a different way. Think
of your body as an electromagnetic field and you'll
find that even something as small as simply adding
yet to a statement, changes the way your body feels.
Try it with different statements. Ask friends and
family to try it.
that even positive change feels uncomfortable. Clasp
your hands together. Note which thumb is on top.
Now take your hands apart and put them back together
again this time with the other thumb on top.
How does that feel? If you used words like weird,
awkward, strange or �uncomfortable, that's normal.
Realize that when you make a change however
small that's the initial (and normal)
response. At about the 21st day, that feeling goes
away; this is when the new habit gets locked in.
easy for people to identify many places and ways
they can make improvements in their life, but
because they lack a structure for making
improvements, the improvements seldom last.
The 1% Solution
gives you the tools to make
The 1% Solution For Work and Life:
How to Make Your Next 30 Days The Best Ever
hardcover 160 Pages
Available wherever books are sold.
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What People Are Saying
Connellan delivers on a big promise because The 1%
Solution really does give you the magic formula for
�How to Make Your Next 30 Days the Best Ever."
Margot Morrell, Author of the New York Times
Bestseller Shackleton's Way.
actionable ideas that can make your job and life
better interest you, get your copy of The 1%
Solution for Work and Life now because some of the
tools can make a difference in as little as
Marshall Goldsmith, World-renowned executive coach
and author of the NY Times best sellers MOJO and
What Got You Here Won't Get You There
interested in their own success should read this
book. It's Tom Connellan's usual style-packed with
actionable ideas you can use right away."
Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and
Leading at a Higher Level
an hour of starting The 1% Solution, I could feel
the stress and pressure melting away because I knew
I'd found my guide for making it through any
challenge including the tight economic times we�re
in right now."
Gordon, President, Equipment Locator Vendor Services
has a special gift he continues to see and
communicate insights that make a difference. Thanks
for challenging us with The 1% Solution!"
Miller, Vice President, Training and Development,
you want to succeed both personally and
professionally, you have to read this powerful book
because the easy-to-use tools can change your life!"
Michelle Lewis, Vice President Global Human
E. & J. Gallo Winery
habits are easy to come by and hard to live with;
good habits are hard to come by and easy to live
with. If you put Tom's proven steps to work, success
Rodger Ford, Founder, AlphaGraphics, Chief Executive
Officer, SynCardia Systems
books and teachings have played a big role in our
ministry's progress. His books are easy to read and
profound in their impact. The 1% Solution is no
different. Whatever your belief system, you will
immediately benefit from reading this book because
some of the tools work within 30 seconds and others
within 30 days."
Reverend A. R. Bernard, Christian Cultural Center,
�Making your life better can be daunting, but Tom
Connellan shows in The 1% Percent Solution that you
only need 1% percent improvement to get the ball
rolling. This amazingly simple yet powerful concept
can be applied to your career, personal
relationships, finances and much more. It�s 160
pages of practical brilliance.�
M. Heim, co-author/editor,
Chicken Soup for the Soul series
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About Tom Connellan
Connellan is a former Program Director and Research
Associate at the Michigan Business School. He is a
New York Times Bestselling author and is highly
sought after keynote speaker whose North American
clients include FedEx, Canadian Tire, Acura, BMW,
Marriott, Neiman Marcus, Dell, Sony, Rogers
Communications, Sobeys, TD Canada Trust, Tim Hortons,
Home Depot and the military. Selling Power Magazine
labeled him one of seven "tough talking and truth
telling" keynote speakers because he always delivers
started a service company in the health care field
and built it into a network of 1200 instructors
servicing 300 hospitals and most of the Fortune 500
firms. More than 1,000,000 people participated in
been the Editorial Director of four leadership and
human resource magazines, a first level supervisor,
and a company president. He is the author of several
bestselling books. Inside the Magic Kingdom
is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. Bringing out
the Best in Others! is a New York Times
in Orlando, Florida.
Direct Contact 1-800-457-8746