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Extreme Productivity

Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours

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“Required reading for professionals—and aspiring professionals—of all levels.”

—Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Former Chairman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Robert C. Pozen, one of the business world’s most successful—and productive—executives, reveals the surprising secrets to workplace productivity and high performance.

It's far too easy for working professionals to become overwhelmed by a pile of time-sensitive projects, a backlog of emails, and endless meetings. In order to be truly productive, they must make a critical shift in mindset from hours worked to results produced.

With Extreme Productivity, Pozen explains how individuals can maximize their time and energy by determining and focusing on their highest priorities. He also provides a toolkit of practical tips and techniques to help professionals at all stages of their careers maximize their time at work.

This essential handbook empowers every person with proven methods for prioritizing their time to achieve high-impact results and refine their career goals for long-term success, all while leading a full and meaningful personal life as well.

About the Author

Robert C. Pozen

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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.

Reviews

“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

“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

“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

“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

“[Pozen’s] insights on traveling effectively, embracing change, and balancing home and work are particularly valuable…An excellent how-to on personal productivity.” —Booklist

“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

“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

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

“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 Chairman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1995 - 1999)