You have to keep a dozen of your favourite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while there will be a hit, and people will say, “How did he do it? He must be a genius!” ~ Richard Feynmann

Here are the problems that are currently at the top of my mind. They're in no particular order but I've tried to make sure there's a balance between the personal, professional and “sharpen the saw”.

How can I:

  1. Better develop strategies to maximise impact on my organisation's mission?
  2. Create an energised, committed and effective team that repeatedly delivers success?
  3. Make sure I retain my individual competitive advantage in my career?
  4. Stay plugged into what’s happening around me, within my organisation, my industry, and my profession?
  5. Utilise mental models to improve my thinking and decision-making?
  6. Develop systems and processes to optimise my productivity?
  7. Create a portfolio of income streams to sustain the lifestyle I want for my family?
  8. Continue to build a loving and committed marriage that gives us the strength to handle whatever the world decides to throw at us?
  9. Raise my children to make sure they're equipped with the skills they'll need to grow into happy and successful adults?
  10. Foster relationships that compound with strength over time?
  11. Seamlessly incorporate exercise and nutrition into my daily life to ensure I remain at my peak for as long as possible?
  12. Use mindfulness and meditation to maintain my focus and control my attention and emotions?

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.


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.


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.


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.