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    I have been GTD for almost a year now and it has truly had an amazing impact on my life. I've successfully introduced it to at least two people that seem to have really had success with it, as well. Unfortunately, the president of my company is not one of those individuals. While I do think he would benefit from learning to GTD, however, his problem is slightly different and I'm not sure what the solution is.

    He is probably on the phone or meeting with people about 8-12 hours a day, solving problems and the like. Often, he gets sucked into long-winded conversations or interactions that are really just a big waste of time. In a nutshell, I think he is far too generous in giving of his time to people. the problem is that it keeps him from tending to what he needs to be doing. He rarely even has time to get his basic work done, much less think or stretgize about the future. As a result, he is just not having enjoying his life as much as he could.

    So, my question is, has anyone seen or heard of anything that can show/instruct him on how to build some walls in his life or otherwise deal with this situation? I would greatly appreciate whatever light you can shed on this.


  • #2
    Try but not force.

    Some people are unchangable even in theirs generosity. But try to give him GTD book (or even better the audio version to listen in the car).

    You can also catch him for a long-winded conversation about long-winded conversations. But he is the only person who can change himself.



    • #3
      Maybe the good example you're setting will make your boss want to know the secret to your productivity.

      If he isn't interested, then maybe you'll end up with his job one day?

      I think it's great that you care. If your boss doesn't feel the need to change, he won't.

      Buy him the book, and leave it at that. You can only change yourself, and be a good example for others.



      • #4
        Or maybe you should let your boss continue to be the way he is. If he's not running the corporation in to the ground, it sounds like you're the perfect compliment to him.

        There is another way you could implement GTD in his life. Hire an executive assistant who's fluent in GTD, even if it's not the David Allen GTD.