Author – Graham Allcott
Published by Icon Books
Reviewed by Heath Henwood
Being busy does not equate to being productive. Productivity
Ninja, is, despite the authors best intentions, a manual for becoming more productive in the workplace and life.
Allcott claims it is a manual for work and life. That the old time management strategies for the 80s and 90s are past. Attention management is the new fad in a world that has become more complex with information overload.
This book explores the characteristics required to become a
“Productivity Ninja”utilising the attention management strategies. These tools include having a Zen like calmness to create time and space to think rationally; to keep healthy; to be ruthless in protecting your time from distractions and others; being organised; being unorthodox in approaches; question the why and how of meetings and activities; and being able to respond to opportunities.
The book examines the sources of stress, particularly in the workplace, and provides some strategies to deal with stress. It goes on with strategies to manage time, to allow time to be more effective.
There is a chapter on dealing with emails, so that productivity
The remainder and bulk of the book introduces and expands on his
productivity model– the CORD model. This examines has information is collected, organised, reviewed and decision are
Having reviewed a lot of management titles, I found there were few new strategies in the book. I found the book repetitive in part,
particularly with strategies.
Author, Graham Allcott is a productivity trainer, and it appears
that the book outlines many of the strategies that he teaches in
On the positive side the book is easy, and the model is easy to
implement. Possibly a good book to read over the holidays and implement in the new year.
Heath Henwood consults and speaks on Leadership, Strategic Planning and Management techniques. He has a Masters in Leadership, and is a Doctorial Candidate focusing on Leadership Development Strategies. He has extensive experience in private business and serves on several boards.