Robert C. Pozen

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Proven Executive, Executive Coach and Expert on Productivity; Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Non-resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Bestselling Author, “Extreme Productivity” (2012); Co-Author, “Remote, Inc.” (April 2021)

Biography

Robert C. Pozen is currently a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 2012, he won acclaim for a popular book entitled “Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours.” In the Spring of 2021, he will be publishing a new book on productivity when working remotely, entitled, “Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are.

In 2004, Professor Pozen became the executive chairman of MFS Investment Management, which now manages over $400 billion for mutual funds and pension plans. Between 2004 and 2011, MFS’s assets under management nearly tripled from a base of $130 billion.

During his distinguished career, Pozen has been active in business, government and academia. 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 late 2001 and 2002, Pozen served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, where he developed a progressive plan to make the system solvent. In 2003, he served as Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In 2007, he served as chairman of the SEC’s Committee to Improve Financial Reporting.

Pozen is currently an independent director of Nielsen and AMC (a subsidiary of the World Bank). He previously was an independent director of Medtronic PLC and BCE (the parent of Bell Canada). He also serves as Chairman of the Leadership Council of the Tax Policy Center, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Agility (an outsourced CIO), trustee of the IFRS Foundation (international accounting), and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor Pozen frequently writes articles for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He has published a book on the recent financial crisis, “Too Big To Save? How to Fix the US Financial System,” and a guide for investors entitled “The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed.”

Pozen graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a law degree from Yale Law School, where he also obtained a doctorate for a book on state enterprises in Africa.

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, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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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

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

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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

Robert C. Pozen is currently a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. In 2012, he won acclaim for a popular book entitled “Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours.” In the Spring of 2021, he will be publishing a new book on productivity when working remotely, entitled, “Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are.

In 2004, Professor Pozen became the executive chairman of MFS Investment Management, which now manages over $400 billion for mutual funds and pension plans. Between 2004 and 2011, MFS’s assets under management nearly tripled from a base of $130 billion.

During his distinguished career, Pozen has been active in business, government and academia. 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 late 2001 and 2002, Pozen served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security, where he developed a progressive plan to make the system solvent. In 2003, he served as Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. In 2007, he served as chairman of the SEC’s Committee to Improve Financial Reporting.

Pozen is currently an independent director of Nielsen and AMC (a subsidiary of the World Bank). He previously was an independent director of Medtronic PLC and BCE (the parent of Bell Canada). He also serves as Chairman of the Leadership Council of the Tax Policy Center, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Agility (an outsourced CIO), trustee of the IFRS Foundation (international accounting), and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Professor Pozen frequently writes articles for the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review. He has published a book on the recent financial crisis, “Too Big To Save? How to Fix the US Financial System,” and a guide for investors entitled “The Fund Industry: How Your Money is Managed.”

Pozen graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and holds a law degree from Yale Law School, where he also obtained a doctorate for a book on state enterprises in Africa.

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, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours

In this dynamic presentation, Professor Robert Pozen unlocks his secrets to extreme productivity. To be able to do more, hear about how you can:

  • Integrate high-priority goals into your schedule
  • Make meetings more productive
  • Deal with procrastination, multitasking and more
  • Apply tools and techniques from “Extreme Productivity”

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Workshops

Robert Pozen teaches you and your team how not just to 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 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 Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours

Advisory & Consulting

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 US 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 US 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.”

– The CEO of a US 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 US hospital

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