Management and Leadership

Maximizing Your Personal Productivity

Dates: Nov 13-14, 2014| Jun 04-05, 2015| Nov 12-13, 2015

Certificate Track: Management and Leadership

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tuition: $3,300 (excluding accommodations)

Program Days (for certificate credit): 2

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NEW for 2014

"Since the Great Recession, many professionals have been facing more challenging schedules and more daunting to-do lists. This makes it all the more important for professionals to be able to get their work done quickly and effectively."
Bob Pozen, Faculty Director

Counting the hours you spend at work makes no sense for professionals; their contribution should be judged by what they achieve. Yet so many organizations still bill by the hour, or emphasize face time in the office. Maximizing Your Personal Productivity will show you how to get more done in fewer hours, so you have more time to spend with your family, or in any other activity. It includes many practical suggestions about how to improve your productivity.  

The course is based on Extreme Productivity, a best selling book by Bob Pozen, Faculty Director of the program and former President of Fidelity Investments and Executive Chairman of MFS Investment Management. Bob was first interviewed about his own productivity when he was full time chairman of a large asset manager and carrying a full teaching load at a distinguished university. That interview went viral on the blogs, so he wrote a short book, drawing upon his personal and professional experiences.     

See Bob Pozen talking about Maximizing Your Personal Productivity.

Learning Experience

This course is designed to increase the personal productivity of professionals through a series of case studies, practical exercises and background readings. 

The course will encourage self-evaluation through polls and surveys about your work habits. Thus, the course will involve a high degree of active participation by students, who will learn through doing and role playing.

This program will increase your personal productivity by helping you to:

  • prioritize your goals and align your time allocation better with your top goals
  • complete your high priority projects efficiently by focusing early on the final product
  • develop techniques for moving quickly through low priority tasks like emails
  • hold shorter and more productive meetings with clear agendas and outcomes
  • manage your own team by learning how to delegate and set metrics for success
  • manage your boss by communicating regularly and adopting complementary styles
  • read with more speed and comprehension by focusing on what is most important
  • write more effectively by using outlines, the active voice and strong connectors

To see how Bob Pozen teaches people to maximize their personal productivity, please view this short video on a presentation he made recently to an audience of 150 high net worth customers.

Pozen Video

Any manager with significant responsibilities would benefit from this program, especially those seeking expanded leadership roles. The program is designed for professionals from both the U.S. and foreign countries. It has been found useful to managers from young and established companies, and from for-profit companies as well as not-for-profit and governmental organizations.


Bob was an eloquent and interactive speaker. He gave tips on how to improve one's personal productivity to help balance work and personal life.” 
                                                                         Molly Downer
                                                                         Senior Banking Executive

Please note that faculty are subject to change and not all faculty teach in each session of the program.

  • Robert Pozen

    Visiting Senior Lecturer

    Bob Pozen is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School as well as a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has extensive experience in business, government and journalism.

    Bob was executive chairman of MFS Investment Management from 2004 to 2011; during this period, the assets of MFS more than doubled from a starting point of $130 billion...

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07:45 AM - 08:30 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 08:45 AMIntroduction
08:45 AM - 10:30 AMSetting Your Professional Priorities and Aligning Them with Your Time Allocation
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMCompleting Your Top Priority Projects Efficiently by Focusing on the Final Product
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLunch
01:00 PM - 03:00 PMInternal Constraints: Low-Priority Tasks; Procrastination Office Constraints: Email & Meetings
03:00 PM - 04:30 PMWork-Life Balance Issues and Financial Planning Issues
04:30 PM - 05:00 PMExercise: Writing More Effectively
05:00 PM - 06:00 PMReception
07:45 AM - 08:30 AMContinental Breakfast
08:30 AM - 08:45 AMDay 1 Recap
08:45 AM - 10:30 AMReading Faster and with Better Comprehension
10:30 AM - 12:00 PMWriting More Effectively by Using Outlines and Other Devices
12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLunch
01:00 PM - 02:30 PMLeading Performance-Based Teams
02:30 PM - 04:00 PMDealing With Your Boss

Maximizing Your Personal Productivity

How to Become More Productive at Work

MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty member Bob Pozen on maximizing your productivity.

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