The Ivy Lee Method: The Simplest Productivity Technique?

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Munadil Shafat, Student (MBA), Bangladesh
🔥NEW Recently I wrote an article summarizing . 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 feel it's worth to you." It turned out that the 15-minutes with al ex (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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  Jose Luis Roces, Professor, Argentina

Ivy Lee Method is Simple and Effective

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  Melchiorre Calabrese, Business Consultant, Italy

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  Breban, Director

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  Jose Luis Roces, Professor, Argentina

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  Flanagan, Business Consultant, Australia

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  Udayan Gor, India

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  Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom

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  Alejandro Centeno Jeronimo, Project Manager, Mexico

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  Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom

The Hierarchy of to do Lists Like Ivy Lee

@: I will refer to your 'executives' as Directors, (...) 2-10-2020

  Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands

The Golden Thread

Here is a little more information about this inter (...) 3-10-2020

  Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom

The Thread in the Tapestry

@: Thank you. Yes the Ivy Lee approach is essentia (...) 4-10-2020

  David Rutchik, Project Manager, United States

Be in Line with Expectations of the Position

@: The position you have no matter where you are i (...) 8-10-2020

  DITSAPELO MAKATI, Manager, Botswana

Ivy Lee Method and Others Running your Day

Regarding the point on others running your day - a (...) 8-10-2020

  aloke mookherjea, Director, India

The Need to Make Frequent Changes

The Ivy Lee equation (!) is good but nothing new. (...) 9-10-2020

  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 (...) 17-10-2020

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