Robert C. Pozen

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Globally Recognized Executive Who Transformed the Field of Management and Fueled the Success of the World’s Most Powerful Financial Services Firms; Productivity Expert Who Helps Organizations Streamline Systems and Drive Growth; Former Executive Chairman of MFS Investment Management and Vice Chairman of Fidelity Investments; Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Bestselling Author, “Extreme Productivity”; Co-author, “Remote, Inc.” (April 2021)

Biography

In the current hybrid work environment, leaders are looking for tools to sustain and even increase productivity among employees, and they are finding them in bestselling author and MIT Professor Robert Pozen’s new book “Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work …Wherever You Are” (Harper Business, April 2021).

In addition to offering tips on keeping employees productive and happy in the remote space, the book offers leaders much-needed advice on designing policies for bringing employees back to a shared office space as the world moves toward a post-pandemic new normal.

A globally recognized management consultant, practitioner and executive coach who also conducts research at the Brookings Institution, Pozen has been advising major corporations and government entities for decades. His valued expertise reaches into a variety of areas, including asset management, investing, economic development, strategy, tax policy, entrepreneurship, ESG and productivity.

Pozen’s latest book follows his bestseller “Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours,” which offered up its own effective prescription for workplace productivity before the pandemic altered the landscape.

“In today’s hybrid environment, it is better for leaders to measure productivity based on what people accomplish rather than the hours they put in,” emphasizes Pozen. “This requires managers to be clear about their expectations. It will also help with return-to-office decisions. What works for one team may not necessarily work for another, so organizations should allow team leaders to determine their own success metrics and hybrid schedules. A sweeping organizational mandate on bringing people back to the office is not the answer.”

During his distinguished career, Pozen has been active in business, government and academia. As executive chairman of MFS Investment Management between 2004 and 2011, he helped triple the firm’s assets under management from a base of $130 billion to almost $400 billion. Prior to joining MFS, he was vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company. During his five years as president, Fidelity’s assets increased from $500 billion to $900 billion.

In the public sector, Pozen served as the Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, was a member of President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, and chairman of the SEC Committee to Improve Financial Reporting.

In addition to advising boards and executives, Pozen helps managers and employees optimally manage their professional and personal workflows, including schedules, meetings and relationships, with an emphasis on work-life balance. His prior research includes a global survey of more than 20,000 people, the results of which will inform his proprietary “Pozen Productivity Rating.”

As organizations in every sector adjust to the new world of work, Pozen offers leaders a unique opportunity to markedly scale business while fostering a culture of loyal, satisfied and productive employees.

“By empowering team leaders to design a hybrid model and adopt success metrics focused on desired results, organizations will not only attract talented professionals and enhance their productivity,” says Pozen, “they will set a better standard for workplace practices across the board.”

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Robert Pozen is chairman of the Leadership Council of the Tax Policy Center, chairman of the Advisory Board of Agility, a trustee of the IFRS Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an independent director of AMC (a subsidiary of the World Bank). Previously, he was an independent director of Medtronic, Nielsen and BCE (the parent of Bell Canada).

He is the author of five books, including “Too Big To Save? How to Fix the US Financial System,”The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed and “The Mutual Fund Business.” He frequently writes articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a law degree and  doctorate from Yale University.

Robert C. Pozen is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Remote Work (Audio)

August 31, 2021

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To Keep The Top Talent, Professional Firms Must Retire The 9-to-5

August 6, 2021

Work From Home Troubles Many Companies. Here’s How To Show The Boss That You’re On The Job From Anywhere.

August 3, 2021

14 U.S. States Now Give the Rich This Big Tax Break — and the Only Loser is Uncle Sam

July 12, 2021

Impactful Leadership in the Era of the Remote Team (Video)

June 25, 2021

Creating Boundaries in Our Everyday Work (Audio begins at 27:00)

June 21, 2021

Finding a Goldilocks Solution for Remote Work (Audio)

June 16, 2021

Spotlight: Xfund Faculty Advisor and Venture Partner Bob Pozen

June 14, 2021

The Former President of Fidelity on Remote Work (Audio)

June 7, 2021

At New England's Biggest Companies CEO Paychecks Surged in 2020 as Revenues Fell

May 8, 2021

What Mix of WFH and Office Time Is Right for You?

May 4, 2021

Your Employees Are Returning! Time For A Culture Change

April 29. 2021

How to Navigate the Postpandemic Office

April 24, 2021

Most People Will Want a Hybrid Workplace Environment, Says MIT's Pozen (Video)

April 21, 2021

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A New Measure of Success: Counting Hours Worked Isn’t Cutting It Anymore

April 20, 2021

4 Tools To Help Managers Connect With Remote Teams

April 13, 2021

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How to Design the Hybrid Workplace

April 6, 2021

Opinion: Muni-bond Investors Need Straight Talk About Climate-change Risk

March 29, 2021

For Pozen, MIT Prize is a Long-Deserved Tribute to Mom

December 17, 2019

7 Surprisingly Simple Steps to Extreme Productivity From the Guy Who Wrote the Book On it

January 26, 2018

Curbing Short-Termism in Corporate America (Video)

June 16, 2014

From Investment Management to Time Management

December 15, 2012

Q&A with Robert C. Pozen, Author of 'Extreme Productivity'

Vovember 3, 2012

Bob Pozen, Master of Extreme Productivity, Shares His 3 Most Effective Career Tips

October 25, 2012

Tips on Getting Things Done from a Productive Man

September 15, 2012

Managing Yourself: Extreme Productivity

May, 2011

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Biography

In the current hybrid work environment, leaders are looking for tools to sustain and even increase productivity among employees, and they are finding them in bestselling author and MIT Professor Robert Pozen’s new book “Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work …Wherever You Are” (Harper Business, April 2021).

In addition to offering tips on keeping employees productive and happy in the remote space, the book offers leaders much-needed advice on designing policies for bringing employees back to a shared office space as the world moves toward a post-pandemic new normal.

A globally recognized management consultant, practitioner and executive coach who also conducts research at the Brookings Institution, Pozen has been advising major corporations and government entities for decades. His valued expertise reaches into a variety of areas, including asset management, investing, economic development, strategy, tax policy, entrepreneurship, ESG and productivity.

Pozen’s latest book follows his bestseller “Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours,” which offered up its own effective prescription for workplace productivity before the pandemic altered the landscape.

“In today’s hybrid environment, it is better for leaders to measure productivity based on what people accomplish rather than the hours they put in,” emphasizes Pozen. “This requires managers to be clear about their expectations. It will also help with return-to-office decisions. What works for one team may not necessarily work for another, so organizations should allow team leaders to determine their own success metrics and hybrid schedules. A sweeping organizational mandate on bringing people back to the office is not the answer.”

During his distinguished career, Pozen has been active in business, government and academia. As executive chairman of MFS Investment Management between 2004 and 2011, he helped triple the firm’s assets under management from a base of $130 billion to almost $400 billion. Prior to joining MFS, he was vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company. During his five years as president, Fidelity’s assets increased from $500 billion to $900 billion.

In the public sector, Pozen served as the Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, was a member of President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, and chairman of the SEC Committee to Improve Financial Reporting.

In addition to advising boards and executives, Pozen helps managers and employees optimally manage their professional and personal workflows, including schedules, meetings and relationships, with an emphasis on work-life balance. His prior research includes a global survey of more than 20,000 people, the results of which will inform his proprietary “Pozen Productivity Rating.”

As organizations in every sector adjust to the new world of work, Pozen offers leaders a unique opportunity to markedly scale business while fostering a culture of loyal, satisfied and productive employees.

“By empowering team leaders to design a hybrid model and adopt success metrics focused on desired results, organizations will not only attract talented professionals and enhance their productivity,” says Pozen, “they will set a better standard for workplace practices across the board.”

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Robert Pozen is chairman of the Leadership Council of the Tax Policy Center, chairman of the Advisory Board of Agility, a trustee of the IFRS Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an independent director of AMC (a subsidiary of the World Bank). Previously, he was an independent director of Medtronic, Nielsen and BCE (the parent of Bell Canada).

He is the author of five books, including “Too Big To Save? How to Fix the US Financial System,”The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed and “The Mutual Fund Business.” He frequently writes articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a law degree and  doctorate from Yale University.

Robert C. Pozen is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

Managing Productivity in the Hybrid Workplace 

In the new world of remote and hybrid work, many managers worry that productivity may be suffering. Fortunately, “Extreme Productivity” bestselling author Robert Pozen – a globally recognized management consultant, practitioner and executive coach – is helping them put those worries to rest. In this presentation, he highlights lessons from his new book “Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work …Wherever You Are,” and shares tools managers at every level of an organization can use to keep employees productive and happy in the remote space. In addition to teaching team leaders the value of developing their own success metrics, he outlines ways people can optimally manage workflows, with an emphasis on work-life balance. He also offers leaders much-needed advice on policies for bringing employees back to a shared office space as the world works its way toward a post-pandemic new normal.

Mastering the Art of Strategic Investing and Asset Management

Whether you are managing a portfolio or growing a business, there is an art to knowing where and when to invest and how to manage those investments, and “Extreme Productivity” bestselling author Robert Pozen is considered a master. A globally recognized management consultant and executive coach, Pozen has been successfully guiding investment decisions at major firms and government agencies for decades.  As executive chairman of MFS Investment Management between 2004 and 2011, he helped triple the firm’s assets under management from a base of $130 billion to almost $400 billion. Prior to joining MFS, he was vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company. During his five years as president, Fidelity’s assets increased from $500 billion to $900 billion. And in the public sector, he served as the Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, was a member of President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, and chairman of the SEC Committee to Improve Financial Reporting. In his talks, Pozen discusses key aspects of asset management and investing, including strategy, tax policy and ESG, and share tips and tools participants can leverage so they too can become successful investors and managers.

Successful Virtual Leadership: The Role of the Executive

As workplace models continue to shift, how can boards and executives position their managers and teams for success? In this presentation, focused on how to successfully lead hybrid teams, “Extreme Productivity” bestselling author Robert Pozen – a globally recognized management consultant, practitioner and executive coach – draws from his new book “Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work …Wherever You Are.”  In addition to offering leaders much-needed advice on policies for bringing employees back to a shared office space, he shares tools for keeping employees at every level of an organization focused, productive and unified across the shifting landscape of hybrid, remote and onsite work. Emphasizing the need to promote proactive communication between team leaders and workers, he explains the importance of moving from a focus on hours worked to one where team leaders are given more agency to govern and establish success metrics within their department.

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Workshops

Robert Pozen teaches you and your team how to not just be more productive, but to be better at your job and life. Whether it is making sure you prioritize your goals or just learning how to be a smarter reader, he teaches practical skills you can use immediately to be more effective, productive and efficient.

Half-Day Workshop

In this fast-paced event led by Professor Pozen, he works with your organization to make productivity real through his Pozen Productivity Exercises and discussions. Others talk, but Pozen makes a lasting, real and meaningful impact.

Learn to:

  • Set your priorities and manage your daily schedule
  • Practice with tools to make meetings more productive
  • Outline internal and external constraints and learn to control those
  • Apply tools and techniques from his bestselling book “Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours”

Full-Day Workshop

Professor Pozen is joined by his trained Productivity team, so your staff can delve into not just being productive but boosting results at the same time. This program is designed specifically for your attendees.

  • Set your priorities and manage your daily schedule
  • Practice with tools to make meetings more productive
  • Outline internal and external constraints and learn to manage those
  • Tackle reading and writing in all forms to write smarter and be heard better
  • Managing and leading teams and work-life balance discussions and exercises
  • Apply tools and techniques from Professor Pozen’s bestselling book “Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours”

Advisory & Consulting

Designing the Productive Organization of the Future

Extreme Productivity” bestselling author Robert Pozen – a globally recognized management consultant, practitioner and executive coach who teaches at MIT and conducts research at the Brookings Institution – has been advising major corporations and government entities for decades. His valued expertise reaches into a variety of areas including asset management, investing, economic development, strategy, tax policy, entrepreneurship, ESG and productivity. He can customize workshops and executive education programs to meet the needs of your organization. Below is just a sampling of what he can cover. To learn more, contact your Stern agent or reach out to us here.

  • Achieve productivity and employee satisfaction in the hybrid workplace
  • Strategically manage and grow your portfolio
  • Learn how tax policies will affect your business and investments
  • Optimally manage workflows with an emphasis on work-life balance
  • Design optimal reporting structures
  • Recruit the right people and rethink staff approaches
  • Learn to delegate effectively and avoid micromanagement
  • Improve performance and unify team members no matter where they are working
  • Build sustainable business practices that also improve the bottom line

Robert C. Pozen is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

For Executives Only – Get to the Next Level

​Work with Professor Robert Pozen to make the transition from being an excellent individual contributor to an outstanding team leader who produces great results with enthusiastic support from your team.

Hire Professor Pozen to help you and your team reach the next level. From personal to organizational issues, get the guidance only an experienced and insightful executive and coach like Pozen can provide in one-on-one sessions.

Work with Professor Pozen to make sure you are setting the right priorities that will get the results you need.  Learn to make your calendar work for you – concentrating on your top priorities while protecting your thinking time. Work with Professor Pozen to design the optimal reporting structure, recruit the right people, and establish the best incentive systems. Learn how to delegate effectively and avoid micromanagement by setting objectives with success metrics for your team.

Feedback from Executives Professor Pozen Has Coached:

“Bob taught me to focus on strategies rather than tactics.  He also worked with me to rethink my staff approach to maximize the available talent.  Not only did our results improve, but also our culture flourished.”

– the CEO of a U.S. software company

“Before I met Bob, I was struggling with how to protect my existing business while launching a new venture. Bob helped me solve these organizational issues. At the same time, he helped me sort out the geographical implications of my personal relationships.”

– Chairman of a European tech company

“With Bob’s guidance, I revamped the organizational structure of my unit.  He helped me design a new compensation system.  And he forced me to spend more time on critical leadership issues and delegate more detailed tasks.”

– Head of an operating unit at a large U.S. hospital

Recommendations

Advance Praise for “Remote, Inc.”

“’Remote, Inc.’ is a timely and practical guide to remote work, explaining how we can recharge, reset and bring our full attention to the work that really matters.”

– Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

“Working remotely is a learned skill, and ‘Remote, Inc.’ is the perfect guide to accelerate your learning. A quick read that will have you and your team working smarter tomorrow morning!”

Barb Bidan, senior vice president, global talent, Peloton

“‘Remote, Inc.’ provides a needed road map, enabling salaried employees, managers, and freelancers alike to be successful. It’s a must-read for today’s professionals.”

Jenny Rooney, communities director and chair of The CMO Network, Forbes

“The world has gone remote and is not going back. This book is an extraordinarily helpful guide to this new world.”

David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive, The Carlyle Group

“If you need to understand how leaders and employees can thrive no matter where or how the work gets done, ‘Remote Inc.’ is the book for you.”

Ragy Thomas, CEO of Sprinklr

Feedback from Executives Professor Pozen Has Coached

“Bob taught me to focus on strategies rather than tactics.  He also worked with me to rethink my staff approach to maximize the available talent.  Not only did our results improve, but also our culture flourished.”

– CEO of a U.S. software company

“Before I met Bob, I was struggling with how to protect my existing business while launching a new venture. Bob helped me solve these organizational issues. At the same time, he helped me sort out the geographical implications of my personal relationships.”

– Chairman of a European tech company

“With Bob’s guidance, I revamped the organizational structure of my unit.  He helped me design a new compensation system.  And he forced me to spend more time on critical leadership issues and delegate more detailed tasks.”

– head of an operating unit at a large U.S. hospital

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