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The secret of turning less into something bigger

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This story appears in the January 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you want to maintain or increase your business output without increasing input, here are a few ideas: Create a simple, big productivity objective that everyone can relate to-exactly what it is isn't as important as having one. Put everyone on a team-team members will handle slackers better than a manager. If you have to lay off, do it once-then make a pact with your workers that you'll never do it again.

These are just a few tips for boosting productivity contained in Less Is More: How Great Companies Use Productivity as a Competitive Tool in Business (Portfolio). Consultant Jason Jennings, author of the bestselling It's Not the Big That Eat the Small, It's the Fast That Eat the Slow (HarperBusiness), screened thousands of companies around the world to identify the 10 most productive. Then he studied those intensively, interviewing everyone from CEOs to customers, to figure how they did it.

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