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Leaders are responsible for both their own productivity and for productivity in the workplace. Recently, I had the chance to talk about both aspects of productivity with Kevin Eikenberry of “The Remarkable Leadership Podcast.”

Kevin is an author and leadership consultant, and his podcast features discussions about leadership, teamwork and organizational culture. After becoming a fan of my book “Personal Productivity Secrets,” Kevin invited me to appear on his podcast.

Our discussion spanned some major themes in my work, including why time management doesn’t work anymore and why attention management is the essential productivity skill in today’s high-tech workplace. We also delved into some of the ideas from my book “Work Without Walls: An Executive’s Guide to Attention Management, Productivity, and the Future of Work.”

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Here are a few takeaways from Kevin’s podcast about productivity in the workplace for both individuals and teams.

  • Work from the right to-do list. One of my clients had a great description for the email inbox: It’s a to-do list that anyone can add to. The key to productivity improvement is working from your own list of priorities instead of spending all of your time reacting to the demands others make of you.
  • Remember your impact. If you lead others, always keep in mind that the way you work has implications for your team. You’re setting the tone and expectations.
  • Take care of your brain. So many things influence whether you’re mentally at your best, from the snacks you eat to how you feel about your job. Leaders, if you’re aiming for productivity improvement, make your office more brain-friendly. I give lots of ideas on how to do this in “Work Without Walls.”
  • Protect your downtime. We often complain about work intruding on our personal lives. But sometimes we’re actually inviting it in. An example: constantly checking email on weekends.

Kevin and I agree that it all comes down to one key truth: “Productivity is living a life of choice and being the kind of person you want to be.”

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You can listen to the full interview at, where you’ll also find some book recommendations from me. And I recommend that you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud. Kevin’s discussions are always worthwhile.