Monday, May 25, 2009

Less by Marc Lesser

Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less by Marc Lesser is a slender volume about how busyness can be an addiction and how to recognize the differences between productive and destructive activity. Drawing on his own experience with Buddhism, Lesser, former CEO of Brush Dance publishers, shares tools he has used himself and recommended to clients. Coping in a world that virtually assumes workaholism is a desirable trait can be a challenge and Lesser’s argument that doing less is the solution is compelling. His suggestions are, for the most part, unsurprising. Meditation? Check. Journaling? Check. But he takes the obvious a bit above and beyond. Don’t like to write? He has ideas that will afford you the same benefit that journaling might. Don’t know how to begin a meditation practice? He has simple guidelines to help. More comfortable with making lists? It’s here. In fact, it’s hard for me to imagine someone who wouldn’t find something beneficial, some activity or idea to incorporate into their own lives, somewhere within this very short book. In spite of his corporate background, Lesser writes with a tone of familiarity and manages to balance his content for both the man on the street and the man in the corporate office. The woman too, for that matter. This is the type of book that invites the reader to return to again, to see what ideas may have been overlooked or what new habit might be adopted. Not necessarily brilliant, the book is a pleasant read with useful suggestions on how to make small changes to be more content.


  1. Thank you for sharing this. Looks like something I ought to read!

  2. Satia,

    Thanks for the really nice review! What do you mean, not brilliant! (just kidding...) And, I did smile when you referred to my "corporate" background. I was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and a Zen monk for 5. I also started and ran a publishing company for 15 years. I do now bring mindfulness and leadership practices into the corporate, and non-profit worlds.

    Thanks, and best wishes.

    Marc Lesser