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Pareto's Principle~~ 20/80 Rule. Daily reminder that 20% of your work is really important in any given moment; therefore, focus 80 % of your time, energy and talents that 20 percent. Don't just "work smart", work smart on the “right things”. How It Can Help You.

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Pareto s principle 20 80 rule

Pareto's Principle~~ 20/80 Rule

Daily reminder that 20% of your work is really important in any given moment; therefore, focus 80 % of your time, energy and talents that 20 percent.

Don't just "work smart", work smart on the “right things”.

How it can help you
How It Can Help You

  • The value of the Pareto Principle is that it reminds us to focus on the 20% that matters.

  • Of the things we do, only 20% really matters, in any given moment.

  • Those 20% produce 80% of the results.

  • Identify and focus on those things.

  • When the crisis drills of the day begin to sap our time, energy and patience remind yourself of the 20 % you need to focus on.

  • If something in the schedule has to slip, make sure it's not part of that 20%

The superstars
The Superstars!

  • 20 % of people produce 80 % of the results.

  • Therefore, helping the good become better is a better use of time than helping the great become terrific!

The vital few what it means
The Vital Few: What It Means

  • The 80/20 Rule means that in anything a few (20 %) are vital and many (80 %) are trivial.

  • In Pareto's case it meant 20 % of the people owned 80 % of the wealth.

  • In Juran's work he identified 20 % of the defects (error types) causing 80 % of the problems.

Where it came from

The original observation was in connection with income and wealth.

Pareto noticed that 20% of the population owned 80% of Italy's wealth.

After Pareto made his observation, he created a formula.

Many others observed similar phenomena in their own areas of expertise.

Quality Management pioneer, Dr. Juran, in the 1930s recognized a Universal Principle he called the “Vital Few & Trivial Many".

As a result, the principle that 20 percent of something always are responsible for 80 percent of the results.

You can apply the 80/20 Rule to almost anything, from the science of management to the physical world.

Where It Came From

Let s take a look
Let’s Take a Look! wealth.

  • 20% of stock takes up 80% of space.

  • 20% of your suppliers provide 80% your stock.

  • 20% of staff account for 80% sales.

  • 20% staff will cause 80% of problems AND

  • Another 20% staff will provide 80% of production.

  • It works both ways.

Pareto s principle 20 80 rule

The principle is reflected in the Human Gestation period. The embryonic period constitutes 20% of the whole, with fetal growth taking up the rest of the time.

20% of carpet accounts for 80% of wear.

20% of the time spent on a project accounts for 80%

of the results.

The sizes of human settlements few cities many hamlets villages
The sizes of human settlements. (few cities, many hamlets/villages)

  • The values of oil reserves in oil fields. (a few large fields, many small fields)

Sizes of meteorites.

(a few large, many small)

Microsoft noted by fixing the top 20 of most reported bugs 80 of the errors crashes were eliminated
Microsoft hamlets/villages)noted by fixing the top 20% of most reported bugs, 80% of the errors & crashes were eliminated.

Mundane …We wear our 20% most favorite clothes about 80% of the time.

Perhaps, we spend 80% of the time with 20% of our friends.

Global income distribution
Global Income Distribution hamlets/villages)

  • Distribution of global income is very uneven. The richest 20% of the world's population controls 82.7% of the world's income.

  • World Gross Domestic Product Population Income

  • Richest 20% controls 82.70% of the world’s income

  • Second 20% controls 11.75%

  • Third 20% controls 2.30%

  • Fourth 20% controls 1.85%

  • Poorest 20% controls 1.40%

United Nations Development Program Report


20% of criminals account for 80% of the crimes! hamlets/villages)

If we take the ten wealthiest individuals in the world, we see that the top three, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim Helú, & Bill Gates, own as much as the next seven put together.


Customer service
Customer Service hamlets/villages)

  • Focusing one's attention on those 20% of clients that contribute to 80% of the income.

  • 20% of clients take up the majority of one's time & may cause the most difficulty.

Quality control
Quality Control hamlets/villages)

  • It is one of the key tools used in total quality control & Six Sigma.

  • The purpose is to optimize the good.

  • Minimize the defects.

  • 20% of causes are responsible for 80% of after effects.


20% of time (effort) accounts for 80% of results. hamlets/villages)

20% of clients are responsible for 80% of sales.


Results Effort

Cause and consequences

20% of causes are responsible for 80% of consequences. hamlets/villages)

80% of consequences flow from 20% causes.

Cause and Consequences

Bell curve relationship
Bell Curve Relationship hamlets/villages)

  • All Life Fits a Bell Curve!

Bell curve quiz scores
Bell Curve Quiz Scores hamlets/villages)

  • 20% will earn a C out of the 80% who take the quiz.

  • 20% will earn a B out of the 80% who take the quiz.

  • 20% will earn an A of the 80% who take the quiz.

  • 40% will fail the quiz!

  • Some instructors who ‘grade on the curve’, force the scores to fit the Model.

Medications and errors
Medications and Errors hamlets/villages)

  • 20 % of Medications account for 80% of Errors.

  • 20% of Types of defects account for 80% of Errors.

  • 20% of Effort account for 80% of the Results.

Adaptability to change
Adaptability to Change hamlets/villages)

Later Late Immediate Early Laggards

Comers Comers

Balk, it Reluctant Embrace, Step Back, Destroy

will not 1st no then + spin, but open, Momentum

work. will try. help others will do it.

come around,


Workload efficiency
Workload Efficiency hamlets/villages)

  • 20% of the staff completes 80% of the workload.

  • Don't just "work smart", work smart on the “right things”.

  • Train Up!

  • Better to help the Good become Better to Create and Empower more Superstars!

Collaborative process
Collaborative Process hamlets/villages)

  • Identify Shared Goals

  • Clarify Common Values

  • Identify Underlying Issues & Causes

  • Determine Stakeholder Impact & Response

  • Correct Any Knowledge Imbalance