It’s Monday again and it’s time to start the week with a good energy!
Monday Productive is a weekly interview format, featuring peak-performers from my network, who share 5 quick ideas on how to boost your productivity and stay at the top of your game.
Today’s guest is Alberto Levy. He is an innovation evangelist, international lecturer, technology and marketing consultant, executive strategist and award-winning computer engineer. With a successful career bringing innovation to various industries, he has worked in more than 15 countries, 1,500 projects and 300 clients including many Fortune 500 companies. An Aspen Institute Alumni and International MBA Professor, in the past years Levy has helped high impact startups in 4 continents to change the world, in roles such as mentor, advisor and board member.
1. Alberto you are such a multi-disciplinary person: A speaker, an innovation consultant, an artist, a designer, a startup mentor.. And the list goes on and on.. How does one build such a career of many hats? What drives you to keep going that way?
▶ I’m a very curious person, trying to understand life. So I jump head-first into new worlds, trying to learn and master them. The process is as important as the final result, as I think I will never master them… everything I’m interested in now is revolving, in evolution, so the search never ends. I’m eager to discover new people, new disciplines, new ideas.. And change the world bit by bit (or byte by byte).
2. Where do you find your muse and inspiration? Do you read books, listen to podcasts.. or follow any role-models?
▶ I find inspiration in people in general. Just regular people, like myself. Everyone has a story to tell, a background, professional and personal. I read books, all types… from novels to non-fiction. Just depends on what I get my hands on in a specific time. Sometimes is a book to help prepare my classes and sometimes a book that’s a best seller, or a friend’s book or something that I heard being mentioned. I have some people, professionals and references in their fields I look for (as in guidance and reflection), but also in my parents that were university professors with 4 kids and had to juggle between their academic vocation and entrepreneurship to raise us. Ethics and critical thinking were always present at home in my upbringing.
3. Imagine a highly productive day of yours. Lead us through it. What made it feel that way for you?
▶A highly productive day is a mix of planning, communication and production.
✅ Planning: organizing the day having always “an eye” in the whole projects I’m working on and establishing the outcomes.
✅ Communication: effectively and efficiently meeting and interacting with clients and collaborators. Short interchange of words (written or verbal) and mutual agreement before production.
✅Production: time to sit down and work, designing, writing or coding, knowing where I have to get to.
4. You are a positive guy. But what do you do when you get overwhelmed and things are just not working out. How do you get back on track?
▶ I either talk to friends/mentors and/or go for a run, to “sweat my problems”. Both activities help me clear my mind and have perspective.
5. In the last few years – what habit or belief have you acquired, that helps you to be a better leader?
▶ I’ve learned to listen more. And ask more.
Once I know more about the challenge in front of me, it’s easier to tackle it. And learning to ask good questions is an art, that I’m still pursuing to master. Good questions can destroy a weak argument and also can absolutely enrich a conversation.
Name the one to three books that impacted you most lately?
Foundation, Isaac Asimov (wonderful to re-read this book today)
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