Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours (Paperback)
A road-tested formula for improving your professional performance, from one of the business world's most successful and productive executives – with practical suggestions and takeaways in every chapter.
Discover the secrets to professional productivity and high performance. Extreme Productivity is for anyone feeling overwhelmed by their 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, Robert Pozen explains how to determine your highest priorities and match them with how you actually spend your time.
Pozen demonstrates that in order to be truly productive, professionals must make a critical shift in their mind-set: from hours worked to results produced. In a knowledge-based economy, what’s important is what you’ve accomplished, not how many hours you’ve logged at your desk.
Pozen teaches you how to efficiently complete your large projects and quickly move through the small stuff. He shows you how to delegate functions and manage your boss. He helps people at all stages of their careers read, write, and make presentations more effectively. He provides professionals with practical tips on how to efficiently use their time—while leading full and productive personal lives as well.
Robert C. Pozen teaches at MIT Sloan School of Management. He was President of Fidelity Investments and Executive Chair of MFS Investment Management, and served as a senior official in both the federal and state government. He is also the author of six books, including Extreme Productivity, one of the top rated business books of 2012. He offers MIT courses for executives on personal productivity, and has been teaching online since the spring of 2020. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Extreme Productivity is the best book I’ve read on time management. Bob Pozen’s clear and readily applicable principles have better enabled me to focus on my top priorities and quickly deal with the small stuff.” — Kerwin K. Charles, Indra K. Nooyi Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics, Policy, and Management at the Yale School of Management
“This short, easy-to-read book packs in a huge number of practical and useful tips on how to increase your productivity. And it is a fun read with lots of personal anecdotes—for example, you’ll learn why Bob eats bananas for breakfast. But you will also be able to make immediate adjustments to how you work to be more ef?cient, gaining time back in your day to focus on your personal life as well.” — Carolyn Everson, vice president of the Global Business Group at Facebook
“Personal productivity requires you to focus on the most important tasks rather than spending your time on busy work or small wins. If you want to learn how to raise your game, look no further than Extreme Productivity.” — David Calhoun, president and CEO of the Boeing Company; former chair and CEO of Nielsen
"Read this book if you want to learn how to run ef?cient and effective meetings—or how to avoid them altogether. Bob really knows how to lead a discussion, get the group engaged, and drive to a consensus on what to do.” — J. Michael Cook, former chair and CEO of Deloitte
“This book is a must-read for overwhelmed professionals. It gives you tips and tools to accomplish more on a daily basis and to make better choices about your career.” — Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former United States trade representative; partner at WilmerHale
“It’s impossible to get ahead in today’s knowledge economy without knowing how to read, write, and speak effectively. Pozen’s tips on these three subjects alone are enough to make Extreme Productivity required reading for professionals—and aspiring professionals—of all levels.” — Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; former chair of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995–1999)
“Filled with useful recommendations on a wide variety of topics, this book will find adherents at every level of the company org chart.” — Publishers Weekly
“Pozen’s insights on traveling effectively, embracing change, and balancing home and work are particularly valuable. . . . An excellent how-to on personal productivity.” — Booklist
“Bob Pozen—Harvard Business School lecturer, prolific author, financial-industry heavyweight—tackles more in a month than you manage in a year.” — Fast Company
“I believe that everyone will find at least one section of the book that will resonate with them. Extreme Productivity is the essential guide to investing our time wisely.” — Newsweek
“Extreme Productivity is filled with such sage advice and pragmatism. . . . The book is populated with practical, real-world anecdotes. . . . For companies to have more effective boards, they will need to change with the times. A good place to start is to read Extreme Productivity.” — Huffington Post