The Prisoner Of Routines

John Porcaro writes in The Prisoner Of Routines: "Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge for Business Leaders published a great article called 'The Trap of Overwhelming Demands.' In it, they warn that being habitually too busy leads to preventing managers from taking the time to notice opportunities. 'Feeling under the gun,' these managers never find time to ask themselves, 'Am I busy with the right things?''" Remember, no one gets promoted for doing good email or good meetings or good voice mail. These are the urgent interruptions that prevent us from doing important work. Are you doing your job, or are you just jumping through hoops?

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was a founding instructor at Pragmatic Institute, a role he held for more than 15 years before he left to start Under10 Playbook. In his return to Pragmatic Institute, Steve supports the complete learning path for product teams, ensuring they are fully armed for success. 

Over the course of his career, Steve has helped thousands of companies and tens of thousands of product professionals implement product management processes. He has worked in the high-tech arena since 1981, rising through the ranks from product manager to chief marketing officer. Steve has experience in technical, sales and marketing management positions at companies that specialize in both hardware and software. In addition, he is an author, speaker and advisor on product strategy and product management.


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