David Allen at The Art of Management


David Allen came up as the next speaker at the recent Art of Management. I am sure that he finds quite often a challenge in that his topic can be viewed as somewhat dry and probably not under the label of inspirational. However he did a very good job of keeping the very complex details of his Getting Things Done system easy to initially grasp. The hard thing I have found is maintaining the discipline to work his system 'religiously'.

Here are some of his key points:

The strategic value of clear space is the freedom to make a creative mess.

The core ingredients for self management are Control and Perspective:

Control - Capturing, Clarifying, Organizing, Reflecting & Engaging. - What is the next action?

Perspective - Purpose/Principles, Vision, Goals, Responsibilities, Projects, Actions. - What conversation with whom at what horizon?

"You have to challenge yourself to make decisions"

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