Impressive Aussie- Marcello Recommends: Secrets of Super Productivity by Neen James

Secrets of Super-Productivity by Neen James

A few weeks ago I attended a private business conference in Indianapolis. It’s an annual gathering that’s kinda like a Dead Poet’s Society for special event entrepreneurs. One of the featured presenters at this multi-day event was  productivity expert, Neen James, from Australia.

Not only did she offer sage advice with regard to personal and professional efficiency, she totally owned a room that was filled with 40 alpha-male control freaks who can be very unforgiving if you don’t bring your A-game.

I can’t share specific details from that particular presentation, but I can at least refer you to her public book release, Secrets of Super-Productivity: How To Achieve Amazing Things In Your Work Life. Neen graciously sent me a signed copy in a  very impressive follow-up package after the conference.   It read like a modern version of How To Win Friends and Influence People.   James touches on everything from task prioritization, the importance of social surroundings, continuing education, financial fundamentals and general wellness tips.

Secrets of Super-Productivity would make a great gift for anyone you know who is old enough to read and who’ll eventually be on their own someday.   Like the ability to balance a check book and display simple social graces, I firmly believe that the gospel of Neen should be standard fodder for school curriculums everywhere. SOSP is also a great investment for the successful professional who likes or needs a little  reminder of what got them to the top and more importantly… how to stay there.

Here are a few excerpts to whet your appetite:

Neen James

“Stop trying to manage time and learn how to make time.

“…The other thing most people overlook is the need to schedule time before and after each meeting to prepare and complete follow-up activities… Jason and I had a ‘decompression session‘ after each day of educational content in order to digest what we learned, discuss implementation strategies and just to chat about anything else BUT business in order to avoid information-overload.

“Many people have a tendency to want to keep e-mails.  Set yourself some guidelines for what you want to keep and delete the rest once you have read or actioned them.” Jason @soundconnectdj recently tweeted:  ‘WOW.  Just hit 10,000 unread emails.‘    It’s good to be busy and in demand, but I think JJ needs a little Neen-inspired Delete Key session.

“Make an appointment with yourself for the first of January every year to reflect on the year that was and the year to come. My friends know that I’m usually on a plane to Costa Rica at the beginning of each New Year.  The reflection begins on take-off and evolves into a month of introspection and rejuvenation.  11 years ago I read that mandatory sabbaticals yield significant results for CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, it’s been a part of MMP’s annual playbook ever since.

Sleep is vital for renewing body and mind and yet we often forfeit sleep time so we can do other activities.”  ..  “The important thing is to discipline yourself to get a good night’s sleep and  rise early so that you can make the most of every day.”

“You will feel more in control of your life when your home is a retreat rather than an obstacle course or a constant reminder of things that need doing!  Spend some time spring-cleaning… remove the clutter, tidy problem areas, create storage solutions and eliminate the mess.”

Connect with Neen on Linkedin, Twitter, & Facebook or visit her online productivity store for additional resources & booking information.mp

*Editor’s note:  I still get choked up every time I see that scene from Dead Poets.  🙂

Quiet Confidence- Marcello Recommends: Delivering Happiness by Zappos.com CEO, Tony Hsieh

In his book, The Thank You Economy, Gary Vaynerchuk mentioned Tony Hsieh, (shay) the CEO of Zappos enough times for readers to get that Tony is a Crush It rock star.   Then, as a result of my review of the book, MMP fan, Eric Smith from Savannah, Georgia,  suggested that I read Tony’s book, Delivering Happiness. Even though me reading two books within the same month, let alone the same year could justify a call to the Guiness Book Of World Records, it was a no brainer to dive into another potential literary masterwork.      I’m glad I did.

Tony will now join Gary, Seth Godin, Jim Collins, Thomas Friedman, Dave Ramsey, Laird Hamilton and others in my updated version of the classic cartoon, Superfriends; an elite group of uber-successful, witty and brilliant entrepreneurs who inspire the world with their written words, voices and actions.    And even though none have accepted my lunch invitations yet, they seem to be very nice people to boot.

In Delivering Happiness, Tony shares a transparent look into his personal, professional and spiritual evolution.    He relentlessly engages the reader from every direction.   Whether he’s talking about outsmarting his parents while growing up, his educational summer fling with poker, his veracious appetite for forward motion or the science of happiness, the inspirational nuggets consistently make themselves available for processing.

After attending a funeral service for one of my mentors, Eric Gugleberger, this past weekend, I was reminded by a few of his close friends who spoke- just how much of Eric’s success was fueled by his passion for knowledge, his extraordinary work ethic and the enviable strength of his character. Like Tony, Mr. Gugleberger carried himself with a quiet confidence and touched a lot of people with his heart, mind, and generous soul. -mp


Here are a few excerpts from the book  to whet your appetite…

*“I really enjoyed the idea of architecting and creating experiences and memories.”

*“We were standing at the highest point in all of Africa, looking down at the clouds below us, with the sun directly in front of us, its rays welcoming us to the beginning of a new day.  It didn’t seem like something that humans were meant to experience. Yet here we were.  In that moment, I thought to myself, anything is possible.”

*“Even today, our belief is that our Brand, our Culture, and our Pipeline are the competitive advantages that we will have in the long run.    Everything else can and eventually will be copied.”

*“We believe in operational excellence, and realize that there is always room for improvement in everything we do.  This means that our work is never done.”

*“Passion and determination are contagious.  We believe in having a positive and optimistic (but realistic) attitude about everything we do, because we realize that this inspires others to have the same attitude.”

*“While we celebrate our individual and team successes, we are not arrogant nor do we treat others differently from how we would want to be treated.  Instead, we carry ourselves with a quiet confidence, because we believe that in the long run our character will speak for itself.

*It’s more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words to understand.. but rather short, easy words like, “What about lunch?” via- Winnie the Pooh 🙂

*“For individuals, character is destiny.   For organizations, culture is destiny.”

When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.”  – via Bertice Berry

“What lies behind and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  -via Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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