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Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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“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 U.S. Trade Representative, Partner at WilmerHale)
“Bob Pozen’s prodigious output is extraordinary. Read this book to learn how he does it all in a 24-hour day.” (Martin Feldstein, Professor at Harvard University, Former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers)
“Read this book if you want to learn how to run efficient 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, Director of Comcast and IFF, Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Deloitte)
“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, Chairman and CEO of Nielsen, former Vice Chairman of General Electric)
“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)
“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)
“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)
Top Customer Reviews
That being said, the chapters on reading, writing, speaking, and holding meetings were good reminders about how important it is to do these things well and how often they are done badly. Unfortunately those chapters are unlikely to resonate with the young and inexperienced readers who might find the rest of the book useful and even interesting.
Pozen says many times in the book that one way to be more productive is to give only a "B+" effort to low-value tasks. He apparently applied that advice to writing this book, but I would rate it a "C-".
Some of the the author's more provocative suggestions (such as mid-day naps) would be very difficult to achieve in some environments, i.e. in a union-based work setting or in open office interior designs. I was hoping to see how the author would adapt his advice to these challenges, but I ultimately felt his key message was to find a different job or try to change the system.
Admittedly, there are some common sense tips and reminders that may be helpful for someone new to the working world, and certainly I have colleagues who could benefit from advice about topics like prioritization and meeting facilitation.
Ultimately, anyone who follows the author's recommendations should be reasonably productive, but it turns out there is no special sauce to "extreme" productivity.
The tips on saving time in meetings, emails, and travel are extremely beneficial for young professionals. The chapter on writing is great, because professional writing has become extremely sloppy with the advent of smartphones. Although, I think the great purpose of this book is the advice to managers on how not to waste your employees time and damage their morale. Pozen goes into extensive detail on the bad habits that certain types of bosses have, even if they are doing so subconsciously. Pozen's book is not bogged down in dull statistics or research. It is written by a man with a life's worth of experience who is seeking to impart some wisdom on younger managers.
I purchased this book because I was having trouble managing time as the director of a small business. The reason I didn't give the book a full 5-star review was because I thought there just wasn't enough for the small businessman, which I was hoping for. This is understandable, because I don't believe Mr. Pozen has operated a small business based on his bio.Read more ›
I had the opportunity to interview Bob on our People and Projects Podcast ([...]) and found him to be one of the most kind, engaging, and generous guests ever. Bob Pozen is the real deal and this book encapsulates powerful lessons that have been tested in the real world. Every aspiring leader needs to read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book covers the much debated topic of work-life balance in great depth. Posen draws from his own life very relatable examples of situations and how he resolved them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nupur Vanderlick
Let me tell ya somethin kid, you buy this book and you will be the most wicked productive dood in ReverePublished 17 months ago by Bouge14
I like the book. It was an easy read with simple, effective concepts that you can begin implementing immediately. I am reading it again. Read morePublished on September 28, 2014 by G StJoe
“Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours” by Robert C. Pozen contains practical advice for increasing personal productivity aimed at professionals in a more... Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by Alain B. Burrese
Mr. Pozen writes an outline for life at virtually any stage. He gives tips for recent college grads, newly weds, to retirees. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Big Smooth