Robert Pozen


Senior Lecturer, Technological Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

 

Robert Pozen

Bob Pozen is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a former president of Fidelity Investments and executive chairman of MFS Investment Management. 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.

From 1987 through 2001, he served in various positions at Fidelity Investments. During his tenure as President of Fidelity Management and Research, from 1997 thru 2001, the assets of the Fidelity Funds rose from $500 billion to $900 billion.

Bob served as Associate General Counsel of the SEC in the late 1970s, and Chairman of the SEC's Advisory Committee on Financial Reporting in 2007-2008. He was a member of the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security, and served as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Bob has taught at Georgetown and NYU as well as Harvard and MIT. He has published seven books, mainly on financial issues. His latest book, Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours, was #3 on Fast Company’s list of best business books for 2012. In addition, he often writes editorials for the Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Bob is an outside director of Medtronic, Nielsen, and AMC (a second-tier subsidiary of the World Bank). He is also on the governing board of several non-profit organizations. He received the 2011 Fund Action Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the mutual fund industry.

Bob graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, and obtained a law degree from Yale Law School where he was a member of the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal. He also received a doctorate from Yale Law School for a book he wrote on state enterprises in Africa.


Faculty Media

  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Time-maximizing Strategies of Highly Successful People

    Even the most successful individuals are looking for new and better ways to get more accomplished while maintaining or increasing their quality of life.


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  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Productivity Wisdom: Bob Pozen's Top Five Articles

    Regardless of location, industry or occupation, productivity is a challenge faced by every professional, following us throughout our respective careers. Even as a professor and published author on...


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  • [Innovation@Work Blog] The Ins and Outs of Managing Up and Down

    "The ins and outs of managing up and down" is the final post in our Innovation@Work blog series that highlight Bob Pozen's approach to personal productivity and high performance, and it suggests...


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  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Ready, Set, Prioritize!

    "Ready, set, prioritize" is the first in a series of three posts in our Innovation@Work blog that highlight Bob Pozen's approach to personal productivity and high performance.


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  • [Innovation@Work Blog] Five Tips for Improving Every-Day Productivity

    "Five tips for improving every-day productivity" is the second in a series of three posts in our Innovation@Work blog that highlight Bob Pozen's approach to personal productivity and high performance.


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  • OHIO Is the Productivity Hack You Never Knew You Needed

    This article discusses how implementing OHIO (Only Handle It Once) as a productivity tactic can help you be more efficient at work and at home.


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  • This Is How Many Minutes Of Breaks You Need Each Day

    “Don’t think of breaks in terms of taking a set number a day, such as 12 or five,” says MIT Sloan's Bob Pozen. “The real question is what is the appropriate time period of concentrated work you can...


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  • House GOP Will Boost Tax Revenue and Satisfy Businesses

    Bob Pozen's OpEd for the Hill.


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  • How To Train Your Brain to Push Past Perfectionism

    Perfectionism isn't hard-wired, it's learned. Which means we can unlearn it too, with these methods.


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  • Why You Need to Take Breaks at Work — and in Life

    How long should those breaks be? Robert Pozen of MIT Sloan and author of Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours, says it isn’t about how long your breaks should be. “The real...


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Teaches In

Get More Done in Less Time: 3 Big Ideas for Extreme Productivity

In this webinar, Bob Pozen shared some tips on how to become more productive.

Time-maximizing strategies of highly successful people

There are few executives today who don't wish they could be more productive. Even the most successful individuals are looking for new and better ways to get more accomplished while maintaining or increasing their quality of life. Our recent blog post includes some tips from Bob Pozen and others to get you started.