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Robert Pozen is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and has taught at Georgetown and MIT. He was formerly Chairman of MFS Investment Management® and was president of Fidelity Management & Research Company.

He is author of Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours.

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What will you learn in this interview?
-He talks about the best tips for improving productivity.
-He talks about his humble beginnings.
-Listen to how he handles a school yard bully.
-How do you manage your time effectively and efficiently?
-How to set priority and targets with your daily routine?

Robert’s childhood dream was to be an NBA player but had a short lived basketball career since he had an unfortunate experience of trying to guard Calvin Murphy. He gave up more than 50 points to Calvin that game.

Business Mentors, Tools, Books mentioned:

Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours

A little background:

Robert C. Pozen is Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was formerly Chairman of MFS Investment Management®, which manages over $300 billion in assets for over five million investors worldwide. During 2002 and 2003, Bob was the John Olin Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, teaching interdisciplinary courses on corporate governance and financial institutions and also serves as a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School. In late 2001 and 2002, Bob served on President Bush’s Commission to Strengthen Social Security. He developed two models for closing the system’s long-term deficit: “Retiring on a Budget”, New York Times (Feb 2004), and “Arm Yourself for the Coming Battle over Social Security,” Harvard Business Review (Nov 2002). His plan was endorsed by President Bush, and was included in a series of memoranda to President Obama from the Progressive Policy Institute ( eds. W. Marshall and M.Ribbing, January 2009 ). In 2003, Bob also served as Secretary of Economic Affairs for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Bob was formerly vice chairman of Fidelity Investments and president of Fidelity Management & Research Company, the investment advisor to the Fidelity mutual funds. During Bob’s five years as president, Fidelity’s assets increased from $500 billion to $900 billion. From 1987 to 1996, Bob was managing director and general counsel of Fidelity Investments. In that role, he created Fidelity’s Charitable Gift Fund, launched Fidelity’s entry into the Japanese mutual fund business, and served as a director of its credit card bank.

Before joining Fidelity, Bob was a partner at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, where he led the banking/securities department from 1981 to 1986. Prior to that, Bob was associate general counsel to the Securities & Exchange Commission from 1978 to 1980. Bob also was a law professor at Georgetown and New York University from 1973 through 1977.

In 1968, Bob graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College, which awarded him a Knox Traveling Fellowship. In 1972 Bob received a law degree from Yale Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Law Journal. In 1973, he received a JSD from Yale for his doctoral thesis on state enterprises in Africa.

Bob is an outside director of Medtronics, Inc. In addition, he is involved with various non-profit organizations, such as the Harvard Neuro-Discovery Center and the Commonwealth Fund. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of two commissions on global competitiveness. He served as chairman of a new SEC advisory committee on improving financial reporting.

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