TOBY ROGERS

PRODUCT, STRATEGY, CREATIVITY, INNOVATION

There's no one size fits all approach to productivity. Just because one system works for someone, it doesn't mean it'll work for you.

The problem with methodologies like GTD is they're systems to be applied rather than ways of thinking about work. This is great at the start when you have no system, but over time you end up spending more effort reorganising and tweaking the setup than doing the work.

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The disciplines of Product Management and Project Management are so intertwined that in many companies the same person is responsible for both. Look closely, though, and you’ll find some fundamental differences between the two roles that, if ignored, can have a huge impact on your organisation’s ability to deliver world class products. Great Product Management is about much more than just delivering against the milestones on your Gantt Chart, after all.

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Is there really one productivity system to rule them all? Millions of words have been written on the best ways to get things done, but that doesn’t mean there’s a right way. Productivity, after all, is dependent on the will of the individual. Just because David Allen says “do it my way”, it doesn’t mean everyone will experience the same results; you’ve got to make personal productivity tips work for you, after all.

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Great communication is a cornerstone of effective leadership, but as an INTJ-A personality, my natural approach is to let my direct reports just get on with their jobs without me getting in the way.

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