David Allen

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Career / Life Coaching

David Allen is an international author, lecturer, and founder and President of the David Allen Company, a management consulting, coaching, and training company. In the last 20 years he has developed and implemented productivity improvement programs for over half a million professionals in hundreds of organizations worldwide. He is the author of the best-selling book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

Coaching Approach

Every leader faces the same critical problem each day: "How do I stay focused on the big stuff without losing my grip on everything else?" In answer, most people try to devote more time and attention to significant issues. The better answer is to free up more time and attention by handling both the big and the little things through a systematic organization of workflow.

David Allen's personal productivity coaching creates customized implementation systems for organizing, managing and negotiating the totality of people's commitments more objectively and effectively. This coaching is typically done as an intensive two-day installment of the methodology with occasional follow-up.

Everyone can benefit from this capability because everyone has lives in which there are open loops that must be tracked. Most people still think that the mind is the best manager of their open loops, but the mind is stupid. It reminds us of things when we think of them, not when we need the data. The only way to free our minds is to develop an external system for dealing with our many commitments. By doing so, we off-load our brains.