ITA008: Pam Slim – Collaboration Leads to Flow

by Nicky Hajal

I’ve admired Pam Slim since the very first time I heard her speak at the World Domination Summit in 2011.

She’s an award-winning author (of Escape from Cubicle Nation and Body of Work), speaker and business consultant who’s worked with companies like Charles Schwab, Office Depot and Infusionsoft.

She has so much to teach and that’s why I’m so excited to have her on Into the Action.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Pam uses her assistant to get and stay in flow with her work
  • How Pam organizes her day and week to stay on top of a variety of tasks
  • What the resistance looks like for her and how she overcomes it
  • The detailed process of how she put together her latest book
  • The weirdest thing about how she works

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  • Anne Bobroff-Hajal

    This interview with Pam Slim is incredibly interesting. Among many elements of the interview I resonated with was Pam’s description of not focusing on one task but almost flitting from one to the next. As an introverted artist I generally love getting into the deep flow of work. But there are also times when I too flit from one very different task to the next. I never felt this was bad until some one recently told me I shouldn’t do it, at a time when I was super-stressed with several different deadlines coming at once. Yet I was sure that somewhere in my background there was a template for “flitting” that told me sometimes this is the preferred mode of working. I later remembered what the template was: when you’re painting, it’s important not to get to stuck completing one small area of the canvas, because you can waste a lot of time finishing it in a way that turns out not to work with the whole painting. You need to be “flitting” around from one section of your canvas to another, never completing one area, but building each up so they will all work together in the end. In other types of work as well, I think jumping from one task to another is not only OK, but better.