Author Archives: Aimee Groth
There’s a slow phase shift in Silicon Valley. Entrepreneurs are focusing on physical products more than ever before.
“There’s a deep hunger to create products you can actually hold in your hands,” says Michael Del Ponte, a seri…
In his new book Extreme Productivity, Harvard Business School lecturer Robert Pozen gives some excellent tips on how to maximize the 24 hours we have in a day.
The key takeaway is that we need to focus more on results and less on hours worked. “You have various institutions like law firms and accounting firms which bill by the hour,” he tells us. “I’m really against that. You have an incentive to go slowly, be there as long as possible, to over-research things and over-staff.”
When working in an environment that rewards long hours, it’s crucial to have an honest discussion with your boss. “You need to agree with your boss about what you need to get done that week, what are the metrics of success,” Pozen says. “Sometimes you need more hours, sometimes you need fewer hours.”
By focusing on results, the rest will fall into place.
In his book, Pozen — who is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and has juggled several high-profile jobs while writing six books — gives advice based on his personal experience. He says to ignore 80 percent of emails and requests, focus on high-priority tasks, and to absorb the conclusion first when reading.
To learn more of his advice, watch our discussion below:
Produced by Daniel Goodman