Microsoft vs. Google – Competing For GTD
Personal productivity and GTD on the rise. Effectiveness, efficiency, and GTD is today’s most wanted skill.
Here are few unarguable facts
- David Allen: Getting Things Done – GTD godfather gives his talk to Googlers.
- Authors@Google: Marci Alboher & Tim Ferriss (self explanatory)
- Stephen Covey Speaks at Microsoft – softies are lucky to hear Stephen live in Redmond campus.
- Dr. Stephen Covey’s thought-provoking speech at Microsoft – another coverage of Stephen Covey’s talk at Microsoft.
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:
- Who is going to hire me first – Microsoft or Google? (already did that for IBM according to Charlie Rose)
- How much should I charge them?