Episode 148

Win Your Productivity with Nick Sonnenberg | Win the Day® podcast
August 8, 2023
Nick Sonnenberg is the world's leading operational efficiency expert. He is the founder / CEO of Leverage and author of Come Up for Air.
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In this episode of Win the Day:

Have you heard that hard work will make you successful?

It’s one of the great fallacies of our time since, like me, I bet you know plenty of people who work hard but have little to show for it.

What’s really required is SMART work – and there’s a big difference…

Our guest today is Nick Sonnenberg, the former Wall Street executive turned operational efficiency expert – and smart work is his superpower. As Founder and CEO of Leverage, Nick has worked with organizations of all sizes and across all industries, from high-growth startups to the Fortune 10.

Nick’s CPR® Business Efficiency Framework results in greater output, less stress, happier employees, and the potential to gain an extra full day per week in productivity per person – just by using the right tools in the right way, at the right time.

Nick is also an Inc. columnist, guest lecturer at Columbia University, and the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Come Up for Air: How Teams Can Leverage Systems and Tools to Stop Drowning in Work.

In this episode:

  • How Nick’s role on Wall Street made him realize what was missing most from his life
  • The biggest thing holding businesses back from true growth
  • How to create - and leverage - intellectual property; and
  • What you can do to become an efficiency expert right now.

Let’s WIN THE DAY with Nick Sonnenberg!


0:36 Who is Nick Sonnenberg

1:57 Interview starts

3:28 When Nick understood the value of time

5:37 Learn the rules of the game before you play the game

7:29 Finding mathematical discrepancies in the stock market

9:26 Lessons from working on Wall Street

10:59 What is Nick Sonnenberg’s CPR framework

12:09 Understand what you’re optimizing for (and why “freedom” should be the goal)

16:33 How Nick Sonnenberg turned his business from bankruptcy to massive growth

20:12 How does Nick Sonnenberg feel about his business partner

21:36 How to make meetings more efficient

25:18 The best use of a meeting is live collaboration

28:21 3 steps to always keep your inbox at zero

31:19 What the world’s best leaders do differently

33:04 How to create (and leverage) intellectual property in a business

36:04 How to stop drowning at work

40:22 Daily routine and goal-setting process

42:33 Transformation must come from the top down

44:42 Why most people fail (saving vs investing time)

49:40 Affirmation

50:17 Rocket Round


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📚 ‘Come Up for Air’ by Nick Sonnenberg

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Inspiring quotes in this episode:
  • "Once you understand end-to-end how something works, you could then start figuring out “how do I find opportunity?” – Nick Sonnenberg
  • "What would your company look like if everyone was working on things that either give them joy or tapped into their superpower? – Nick Sonnenberg
  • "Any transformation in a company has to come from the top down. It can't be, "Do as I say, not as I do." – Nick Sonnenberg
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