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Monday, October 08, 2012

Managing Yourself: Extreme Productivity by Robert. C. Pozen.
To read full article click HERE.

Strategizing with a CEO mindset to deliver excellence to ICE Co. customers. 

Robert C. Pozen is a financial executive, amongst many other highly esteemed career avenues. He is known for “keeping his cool” while living an otherwise chaotic discombobulated life. One of his avenues includes writing for the Harvard Business Review, which is where we discovered this article review.

We all know that juggling a busy schedule can be hectic, and Pozen is well versed in the art of maximizing productivity. He has the CEO mindset, but rather than getting bogged down and lost in the details, he’s outlined 6 steps necessary to master productivity.

Reflecting on his article, we have translated his 6 steps to be most effective for the electrical industry. It didn’t take that much tweaking either. Being productive turns out to be fairly easy from industry to industry. Efficiency is one of our promises, and that is why we like to focus as a company on techniques to better the services we provide.


Step 1: Pozen says though you may be able to take on every task needing to be done don’t do it. Choose to do the tasks only you can do.


ICE Co. says to ask yourself what are the skills you bring to the table? Everyone has his or her own individual skill set. We suggest using your talents & teaching your strategy to coworkers. As well as relying on other coworkers to use their skills to teach you too.


Step 2: Pozen says it’s not the time you spend, but the results you produce.


We agree that a quality (and timely) installation takes focus. We propose using off site time most efficiently so that while onsite the work is the focus. With out focus tasks drag out, complicate, and get pushed off which ultimately affects the results produced.


Step 3: Pozen says Think first, read or write second. When you start an email reply do you ever get to the end only to realize you message wasn’t clear?


Translated, we believe in the 7P’s.  See further info HERE. Proper planning really makes the difference for us. It makes and breaks jobs for us. When we plan ahead, we have happier customers, and better results.


Step 4: Pozen says prepare but be ready for change.


It’s worth the time to plan ahead (as mentioned above), but being flexible onsite is another success strategy. In the field, ICE Co. isn’t the only fish swimming around, as contractors we have to adapt to in the moment circumstances.


Step 5: Pozen says, manage but allow for creative license amongst your leaders.


Allowing for experience to develop, ideas to flow & solutions to emerge. Too stringent of an environment will make it hard for employees unique talents to surface. ICE Co. employs highly talented individuals, challenged with new circumstances every day. It is their quest to overcome (and report back).

Any ideas what Mr. Owl's greatest talent is?


Step 6: Pozen says keep it short & simple for productivity.


With creative license, anyone could steer the wrong direction, but routine job meetings (pit stops) to discuss the happenings is an excellent way to receive correction (fuel up) and head back out on the highway. The key is to keep it simple. Thankfully ICE Co. employees are great at prior planning, so when we meet the agenda is already set.



As a company, we do make effort in all these categories, and that is one reason we are so proud to be serving our customers.

For more on productivity (there are several theories out there)…

See HERE for a method with college students in mind. 

See HERE for how to manage your growing to do list.

See HERE for the Total Immersion technique.

Let’s get productive!

Industrial Commercial Electric Co.
Power. Current. Grounded

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