The Get Control! University Story
Ten years ago Mike Song was working at a Fortune 500 company and feeling overwhelmed by the volume and quality of email and meetings. He also was struggling to organize all his digital information so that he could find things fast and get more done. He felt like he was running in place – like a hamster on a wheel.
The corporate university where Mike worked offered lots of long, deep-dive courses – for example, an all day time management seminar. Mike tried these courses and found many of the tips – like getting his inbox to zero – did not work for him.
Mike decided to invent his own university to help him get control of his most challenging productivity pain points. By asking a simple question – What technology and tasks take up most of my time? — he arrived at a powerful set of targeted best practices that had an immediate and huge impact on his performance.
Mike sorted the concepts into short, high-impact classes focused on the most time consuming tasks (email, meetings, etc.) and technology (Microsoft, Apple, Google). Get Control! University was born. Within weeks, Mike received an order to train 10,000 people at Capital One and the rest is history.
Mike has since become a sought-after expert, interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, USA Today, and Fox News. In addition to Zip! Tips: The Fastest Way to Get More Done, he’s the lead author of the best-selling email effectiveness book, The Hamster Revolution, which has sold over 150,000 copies in 12 languages.