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Microsoft vs. Google – Competing For GTD


Personal productivity and GTD on the rise. Effectiveness, efficiency, and GTD is today’s most wanted skill.

by desi.italy

Here are few unarguable facts

Software giants seek the ways to perform better – more effectively, more productively, more efficiently. How? They adopt proven patterns & practices – GTD by David Allen, New Rich by Tim Ferris, and the wisdom of Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Personal Development Practice Is Your Competitive Advantage

What does it all mean to you and me? It means that you and I are on absolutely right path. You and I offer the most demanded quality – constant improvement of personal effectiveness and efficiency. If you are executive level guy – you can lead the company to long and short term wins and hopefully get acquired by either Microsoft or Google ;), or even beat them both! If you are midlevel manager – you can make your team perform with peak results without burning out and hopefully get promoted to executive level. If you are individual contributor – you can hit your goals, expect for promotion to midlevel management position while keeping healthy work-life balance.

Here is how Michio Kaku sees the future capitalists (from his keynote during last TechReady6 convention in Microsoft, Seattle):


Want to be the next capitalist? Consider adopting/adapting this awesome material – Better Than Free (it only proves Michio Kaku is right).

How do you add extra value to your product, how do you add extra value to what you can offer? You practice personal development principles and techniques. You practice, practice, practice this until it becomes daily habit so that your thoughtful part of brain is available for creative work – The Secret Behind GTD [Getting Things Done] Revealed.

What Is Next

I expect massive investment in building and running effectiveness workshops inside the large companies. In fact, our own team already ran few session on that one – that was awful, which is good – there is a room for improvement and growth. Most important is that it is a good sign. My wife who works for large company too came back home the other day and  told me her team is invited to time management workshops and other personal effectiveness training.

I expect significant growth of services offerings from personal coaches and GTD trainers – I already can spot few ads in local papers (and I live in a very small town). If you are in coaching biz – it is show time for you, teaching sells!

I bet Tony Robbins now smiles a huge smile asking himself 2 questions:

7 April 2008


  • Vered said:

    The only thing that worries me about this effectiveness thing, is that in a way it is an attempt to turn people into uber-functioning robots.

  • alik levin said:

    That is where 4 dimensions of personal power kicks in.

    Interesting, my colleague told me the same yesterday – “I cannot accept the fact I program myself, it sort of plugs me into the Matrix”. Exactly! But the difference is that the architect this Matrix is you. Afraid of the Matrix? Then call it simply “discipline”. Discipline of taking care for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health in focused and effective way. Focusing and effectiveness are your friends.

    BTW, Vered – I am the first one to subscribe to your new website – http://www.uptous.com/. Looking forward to reading it.

  • blogrdoc said:

    “Practice Is Your Competitive Advantage” – I really like this. Anything that helps drive consistency is most helpful. i’ll have to keep this in mind.

  • alik levin said:

    blogrdoc, I’ve published this post. Then you left this comment. Then I got notification on Stephen Covey’s community web site found here:

    Read the first paragraph – it will knock you off your socks. I am still recovering… ;)

    Then i recalled you got the raise for doing more with less…

    practicing effectiveness is the way to survive and skyrocket these days

  • Vered said:

    Thank you! UpTous is not blog – it’s an online network for parents that will provide parents with tools for managing daily life in addition to an opportunity to socialize with other parents. We are still working on it… should have a decent beta in a few weeks. Thank you so much for the support!

  • alik levin said:

    Vered – I want to be your beta tester!
    In return I’d try providing constructive feedback.

  • Shilpan | successsoul.com said:

    Alik –

    We all may benefit by being in the personal development blog community. I may have to rush and buy used copy of GTD from Amazon. :)


  • Dan said:

    For a GTD implementation combined with Stephen Covey you might try out this web-based application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version is available too.

    As with the last update, now Gtdagenda has full Someday/Maybe functionality, you can easily move your tasks and projects between “Active”, “Someday/Maybe” and “Archive”. This will clear your mind, and will boost your productivity.

    Hope you like it.

  • alik levin (author) said:

    Thanks, Dan, for the pointer!!

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