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10 ways to master the art of productivity Bruce Lee style

A humorous SlideShare detailing martial arts master Bruce Lee’s approach to boosting productivity.

Close your eyes, grasshopper. And imagine a time when music came in cardboard sleeves, your “virtual communication tool” was a phone box, and nobody minded if the soundtrack of a movie didn’t sync with the characters’ lips.

This was the time of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Emerging from a 5,000 year old culture, he had great respect for the traditions of his ancestors. But when it came to productivity he was a thoroughly modern man. He built his skills using what later decades would call “life hacking” – short-cuts and best practices to get the job done.

Bruce wasn’t just a master of the five-point palm exploding heart technique; he was also a master of project scoping and effective execution. So if you’re ready to study with the master, let’s enter the temple of productivity … and turn Jeet-Kune-Do into Jeet-Kune-DONE.

Here ends our lesson. Like all areas of expertise, productivity has a Tao, an essential core of knowledge. This slideshare sums up the key skills of working smarter: master them, and you shall become a force of nature in the connected workplace.

And of course, like all sons of Hong Kong, remember to say “Ayeeeyaaah!” a lot. It’s the best word ever.


  • From collaborative project or screaming fist, Bruce Lee is the man to learn from.
  • Singular focus and deliberate actions are the keys to greater productivity.
  • Try everything, but be ruthless in discarding what doesn’t work.

Are you ready for your next lesson, young grasshopper?Download The connected business:Informed and Involved Deadline Day Decisions and get started.


About the author

Helen Lancaster, has a career spanning 18 years in the IT and Telco sectors spending time at Canadian giant Nortel Networks, US manufacturer Avaya and UK Telco Kcom. Her roles over the years have included various commercial positions in sales and marketing - including four years in Madrid in Spain - leading to her current position of Head of Marketing for Northern Europe at Arkadin. Helen has a passion for data, and all things digital.

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