Assembled atop the enigmatic Mount Corporate Productivity, 15 vaunted company leaders await your ascent—and your questions.
After you clamber to the summit, you pick the brains of the celestial corporate beings before you:
“What are the secrets to being productive at work?”
“How can I become more efficient?”
“How can I be more successful and authoritative in the workplace?”
“Can I just have like 5 million of your dollars? No? OK, just thought I’d ask.”
Here, captured in an infographic by resume.io, are their answers, tips, suggestions and lessons:
Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter: “Most of my meetings are now Google doc-based, starting with 10 minutes of reading and commenting directly in the doc. This practice makes time for everyone to get on same page, allows us to work from many locations, and gets to truth/critical thinking faster,” Dorsey said.
Takeaway: Prioritize collaboration, sharing information and establishing clear expectations to ensure you’re on the same page with colleagues.
Alexa von Tobel, founder of LearnVest: “The more tasks that are low excitement—like ordering paper towels—that can be taken off my plate and fully automated, the better. I then have the energy and brainpower for things that are real decisions I need to make,” she said.
Takeaway: Automate what you can, delegate what you can’t, and prioritize the difficult, important tasks that require more urgent attention.
Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla: “Get rid of frequent meetings—unless you are dealing with an extremely urgent matter,” he said.
Takeaway: Don’t force your people to gather for mindless meetings when an email would suffice. (Bonus takeaway: Be careful with accusations and name-calling.)
Jeff Bezos, astoundingly wealthy founder of Amazon: “Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70% of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90%, in most cases, you’re probably being slow,” he suggests.
Takeaway: Be bold, be decisive, and act with confidence. The infographic suggests using the “DIET” approach to making quicker decisions:
- Define what data is necessary.
- Integrate it into the decision-making process.
- Explore different options.
- Test solutions.
Shan Lyn-Ma, co-founder of Zola: “It’s just as important to set aside time for yourself as it is to set aside time to meet with other people.”
Takeaway: Your productivity will suffer if you don’t take time to relax, recharge and refresh your mind. Take small breaks throughout the day, and don’t overload your schedule with meetings.
As you scramble back down the mountain, your mind fills with questions you wish you’d have asked. Alas, you can read the rest of the graphic for more tips and share your own productivity wisdom in the comments below.