This morning, I appeared on Morning Joe to discuss Extreme Productivity. Check out the video!
IT’S 5 p.m. at the office. Working fast, you’ve finished your tasks for the day and want to go home. But none of your colleagues have left yet, so you stay another hour or two, surfing the Web and reading your e-mails again, so you don’t come off as a slacker.
It’s an unfortunate reality that efficiency often goes unrewarded in the workplace. I had that feeling a lot when I was a partner in a Washington law firm. Because of my expertise, I could often answer a client’s questions quickly, saving both of us time. But because my firm billed by the hour, as most law firms do, my efficiency worked against me.
By Dan Schawbel.
I recently spoke to Bob Pozen is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. His latest book is called Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours. He was chairman of MFS Investment Management and vice chairman of Fidelity Investments. He served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security and was also secretary of economic affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was associate general counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and was a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. The author of six books, Pozen lives with his wife in Boston, Massachusetts.
In this interview, Bob talks about how he managed his own time while being an executive at a major company, his top productivity tips, and more.
I used to be a lawyer at a firm in Washington, D.C. My specialty was advising financial institutions on complex transactions and I was often able to answer clients’ questions quickly. That made my clients happy and gave me more time to spend with my friends and family. But because I was paid based on how many hours I could bill, my efficiency was costly.
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