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A road-tested formula for improving your performance, from one of the business world's most successful?and productive?executives.
Robert C. Pozen taught a full course load at Harvard Business School while serving as the full-time chairman of a global financial-services firm. He's written six books and hundreds of articles, raised a family with his wife of more than four decades, and served on many boards of local charities and public companies. Pozen is a prince of productivity,...
A road-tested formula for improving your performance, from one of the business world's most successful—and productive—executives.
Robert C. Pozen taught a full course load at Harvard Business School while serving as the full-time chairman of a global financial-services firm. He's written six books and hundreds of articles, raised a family with his wife of more than four decades, and served on many boards of local charities and public companies. Pozen is a prince of productivity, a man who has worked smarter and faster than almost everyone around him for more than forty years.
In Extreme Productivity, Pozen reveals the secrets to workplace productivity and high performance. His book is for anyone feeling overwhelmed by an existing workload—facing myriad competing demands and multiple time-sensitive projects. Offering antidotes to a calendar full of boring meetings and a backlog of e-mails, Extreme Productivity explains how to determine your highest priorities and match them with how you actually spend your time.
Pozen shows that in order to be truly productive, professionals must make a critical shift in their mind-set: from hours worked to results produced. He helps people at all stages of their careers read, write, and make presentations quicker and more effectively. He provides professionals with practical tips on how to efficiently use their time in the office—while leading full and productive personal lives as well.
Part I Three Big Ideas 1
1 Set and Prioritize Your Goals 3
2 Focus on the Final Product 21
3 Don't Sweat the Small Stuff 35
Part II Productivity Every Day 49
4 Your Daily Routine 51
5 Traveling Lightly 69
6 Efficient Meetings 85
Part III Developing Personal Skills 101
7 Reading Effectively 103
8 Writing Effectively 119
9 Speaking Effectively 139
Part IV Managing Up and Down 157
10 Managing Your Team 159
11 Managing Your Boss 177
Part V Pursuing a Productive Life 193
12 Maximizing Your Career Options over a Lifetime 195
13 Embrace Change but Stay the Same 211
14 Balancing Home and Work 227
Appendix 1 The Big Idea: The Case for Professional Boards 245
Appendix 2 Speech by Robert Pozen to the Boston Bar Foundation (2000) 255
Posted December 20, 2012
White-collar employees are working harder than ever. Many get to their offices early, leave late, work through lunch and stay at their desks over the weekends and on holidays. Yet these workers are often minimally productive. Robert C. Pozen, a former CEO who lectures on management issues at Harvard Business School, offers solutions for this dilemma in this sensible manual about time management, productivity and focus. His advice, which particularly applies to knowledge workers, is sound and generally useful. It seems like common sense, not new or flashy, but Pozen is good at helping you build confidence by establishing concrete processes. getAbstract recommends Pozen’s helpful guide to professionals, managers, knowledge workers and all who want to boost their time management and productivity skills.
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Posted October 4, 2012
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