The Ivy Lee Method: The Simplest Productivity Technique?

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Munadil Shafat
Student (MBA), Bangladesh
🔥NEW Recently I wrote an article summarizing David Allen's popular productivity framework Getting Things Done (GTD). The post has received a lot of reactions, thanks to this large management audience. But learning and getting habituated with a framework like GTD takes time and effort and there are many who want something simple and ready-to-use. In today's post I will cover the simplest form of productivity technique that anyone can start using right away. The technique is named after its inventor, productivity consultant Ivy Ledbetter Lee. In 1918, Charles M. Schwab, the then president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation consulted Mr. Lee to improve his company's efficiency. In that meeting with Lee, Mr. Schwab asked: "Show me a way to get more things done." In response, Mr. Lee replied: "Give me 15 minutes with each of your executives." Mr. Schwab asked: "How much will it cost me?" Lee replied: "Nothing, unless it works. After three months, you can send me a check for whatever you fe (...) Read more? Sign up for free

  Jose Luis Roces
Professor, Argentina

Ivy Lee Method is Simple and Effective

Focus and prioritization. 100-year-old and always (...)

  Melchiorre Calabrese
Business Consultant, Italy

Ivy Lee Method Helps you Concentrate

This method works and will always work because it (...)


We May not be Exclusively in Charge of our Agenda

Thinks for being so clear about this Ivy Lee appro (...)

  Jose Luis Roces
Professor, Argentina

Time Management as a Key Competence

@Breban: We are not the only one in charge of our (...)

Business Consultant, Australia

Commit to Managing your Time

@Jose Luis Roces: A while back we visited Vietnam. (...)

  Udayan Gor

Ivy Lee Method

Perhaps Ivy Lee is the simplest yet effective "TO (...)

  Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

Manage the Work in Time

Setting six prioritized tasks/activities as descri (...)

  Alejandro Centeno Jeronimo
Project Manager, Mexico

Ivy Lee Method for Managers and Executives?

I wonder, are management and executives priorities (...)


Why Listing of Things to do Works

The listing of daily things/tasks to do makes one (...)

  Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

The Hierarchy of to do Lists Like Ivy Lee

@Alejandro Centeno Jeronimo: I will refer to your (...)

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

The Golden Thread

Here is a little more information about this inter (...)

  Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

The Thread in the Tapestry

@Jaap de Jonge: Thank you. Yes the Ivy Lee approac (...)

  David Rutchik
Project Manager, United States

Be in Line with Expectations of the Position

@Jose Luis Roces: The position you have no matter (...)

Manager, Botswana

Ivy Lee Method and Others Running your Day

Regarding the point on others running your day - a (...)

  aloke mookherjea
Director, India

The Need to Make Frequent Changes

The Ivy Lee equation (!) is good but nothing new. (...)

  Brillo L. Reynes
Consultant, Philippines

The Position of the Ivy Lee Method in the Perspective of the Entire Organization

The Ivy Lee Method is indeed a simple but very eff (...)


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