The practical guide to going from "drowning in work" to freeing up an extra business day per week for everyone on your team.

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“The CPR® Framework is a simple, repeatable guide for aligning teams and organizations that drives immediate results and creates sustainable, meaningful change by empowering all people to utilize their full talents and catalyze new ideas. It’s the foundation for building a resilient organization that will enable companies to navigate through uncertain times now and in the future successfully.”

marissa andrada

Culture Thought Leader, Independent Board Director at Krispy Kreme Donuts, and Former CHRO of Chipotle Mexican Grill

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“Nick has cracked the code on operational efficiency. Come Up for Air should be required reading for any organization that wants to be high-performing.”

tony robbins

Multiple #1 Bestselling Author

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“In an era when workplace burnout and quiet quitting have become the norm, a new compact is arising between a company and its employees. This new compact requires the company and its leaders to create more productive, efficient, and enjoyable operating strategies and processes. Come Up for Air is the practical manifesto to help companies live
up to this new compact to optimize employee satisfaction, retention, and success.”

Chip Conley

Hospitality Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

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“Nick has cracked the code on operational efficiency. Come Up for Air should be required reading for any organization that wants to be high-performing.”

TONY ROBBINS

Multiple #1 Bestselling Author

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“The CPR® Framework is a simple, repeatable guide for aligning teams and organizations that drives immediate results and creates sustainable, meaningful change by empowering all people to utilize their full talents and catalyze new ideas. It’s the foundation for building a resilient organization that will enable companies to navigate through uncertain times now and in the future successfully.”

marissa andrada

Culture Thought Leader, Independent Board Director at Krispy Kreme Donuts, and Former CHRO of Chipotle Mexican Grill

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“In an era when workplace burnout and quiet quitting have become the norm, a new compact is arising between a company and its employees. This new compact requires the company and its leaders to create more productive, efficient, and enjoyable operating strategies and processes. Come Up for Air is the practical manifesto to help companies live
up to this new compact to optimize employee satisfaction, retention, and success.”

Chip Conley

Hospitality Entrepreneur and Bestselling Author

“Personally, I was stubborn and thought I did things the wrong way. Sitting down with Nick and his team, they showed me these little things that compound. Something saves five minutes, another saves ten minutes, and across my organization, we’re suddenly saving hundreds of hours per month.”

Blake Eastman

CEO of The Nonverbal Group

“By combining timeless principles with technology best practices, Nick shows readers how to maximize their output at work and that of their entire team. A great framework to reset how to think about and use technology in the workplace.”

NIR EYAL

Bestselling Author of Indistractable and Hooked

“Whether it’s a good or bad economy, the greatest competitive advantage a business owner or CEO could achieve is to master operational efficiency. It can save hours every week and make your entire organization infinitely more productive, and effective—and achieve performance excellence. Come Up for Air is more than a must-read book.”

Jay Abraham

Founder of the Abraham Group and Author of Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got

Foreword Written By

keith ferrazzi

Come Up for Air is a hybrid of strategic thinking and best practice principles that form the definitive playbook for optimizing team output, alignment, and performance. I have spent my career coaching Fortune 500 executive teams as they redefine their business models. Nick’s unique approach was a powerful complement.”

Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight, #1 best-selling author of Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone, and his newest book Leading Without Authority

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“Nick has created the master playbook for how teams can successfully navigate today’s digital landscape. A must-read for employees at all levels who want to achieve their highest personal and business goals!”

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CEVO (Chief Executive and Visionary Officer) of ~Pourri, the Makers of Poo~Pourri

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CPR® Framework

Our coveted CPR® Framework Quiz to quickly identify where you are out of alignment, plus how to experience greater team productivity and fulfillment at work.

signature formula

Nick’s signature formula and calculators determine the complexity of your team and how much value you’re getting from your current tool stack.

Process Management

Our vetted list of Process Management Tools to document and optimize recurring processes within your organization + Exclusive software discounts for each.

integration stack

Access our high-speed integration stack for internal communication (including custom-built zaps).

9 Principles

PDF download to ensure your organization runs on Leverage’s 9 Principles of Efficiency.

Inbox Zero

Achieve and stay at Inbox Zero with our “rip the Band-Aid off” deep dive instruction guides.

Cost of Meetings

Our highly praised “Cost of Meetings” calculator (but warning… the results may shock you).

work management

PDF manual to set up your work management tool and customize features to maximize your team’s efficiency and communication.

Collection Examples

A collection of examples and screenshots showing work management tool layout, status indicator scenarios, plus nontraditional tasks to enhance your workflow.

Nick's fan-favorite

Nick’s fan-favorite “How to Get a Grip on Your Business with Two Clicks” webinar

Synchronized Sprint

Access our Step-By-Step “Synchronized Sprint” system so your team is empowered to get more done by themselves.

Common Growing Pains

PDF download of the most common growing pains and how to avoid them.

Specific OKR's

Specific OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) with in-depth explanations to create absolute clarity in your organization and drive toward more robust growth milestones faster.

knowledge base

Transparency into Leverage’s entire knowledge base ticketing system.

optimization

Quickly see how much money you’ll save when automating and optimizing your processes with our done-for-you calculator.

How Teams Can Leverage System and Tools

TO STOP DROWNING IN WORK

about the book

"There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done!” Sound familiar?

Forget the old concepts of time management and the hustle culture of working until you burn out. With the right blueprint, you and your entire team can get more done in far fewer hours. Come Up For Air is that blueprint.

Through years of building leading efficiency consulting business, Nick Sonnenberg has discovered the primary reason why so many teams are overwhelmed. It’s not because they don’t have enough time, managers expect too much of their employees, or there aren’t enough people. The problem is that everyone is drowning in unnecessary work and inefficiencies that prevent them from focusing on the work that drives results.

In Come Up For Air, you’ll discover the CPR® Business Efficiency Framework, a proven system for leaders, managers, and teams to maximize their performance and reduce overwhelm by using the right tools in the right way at the right time. The end result? More output, less stress, happier employees, and the potential to gain an extra full day per week in productivity to use however you’d like.

You’ll learn the proven empirical strategies from someone who not only turned his company around when it was on the verge of bankruptcy but has also helped thousands of organizations worldwide become more efficient, leverage the right productivity tools and prepare for explosive growth.

What You’ll learn

with COME UP FOR AIR

Gain

an extra full day per week in productivity for everyone on your team.

Reduce stress

and burnout by creating a more stable work environment.

Eliminate

the 58% of employee time per day spent on “work about work” instead of being productive.

Improve

company culture by empowering your team to spend their time on work that matters.

Save

an average of two hours per week just by optimizing email with the R.A.D. System.

Reduce

time spent on the “Scavenger Hunt” of trying to find where information is stored.

Increase

employee happiness, satisfaction, trust, and retention by making work easier.

Stop wasting

time in meetings with four proven techniques.

RAVE REVIEWS FOR

come up for air

"Thanks to how we now use Asana, we won a bid for a $60 million contract. The client was blown away by our organized and professional process. It has truly transformed our business."

Marc J. Bodner

CEO of L&R Distributors

"Leverage has been a game-changer for us. Without their advice and support in implementing Slack, the pandemic would have been chaotic."

Nicole Story

SVP of Marketing & Creative at Pourri

“We probably gave everybody somewhere in the neighborhood of two to three hours of their day back. Just because they’re checking their email less frequently and they’re not living out of their inbox."

Anthony Crissie

Former COO of LineDrive

"I've spent my life creating a community of Nobel laureates, Olympians, CEOs, celebrities, and scientists—so when it came time to design our system, it had to be flawless and human. That's where Nick Sonnenberg excels. He obsesses over the right technologies and habits that ensured my team was effective and my community was taken care of. That's why, after almost a decade, I still work with him."

Jon Levy

Behavioral Scientist and New York Times Bestselling Author

"I used to have a three-hour meeting with my assistant each week to keep track of everything in my business. Now, I can get a 10-15 minute update from Asana and I know where everything is at any given time. I can offer assistance, I can prioritize, and I can de-prioritize."

Bo Kimbrough

Founder & CEO of Skyepoint Decisions

“Come Up for Air is an incredibly comprehensive blueprint for how teams should operate in the modern workplace, filled with practical tips and easily implemented advice. Nick has delivered a master class on how teams can use common digital tools in the most efficient ways possible.”

CAMERON HEROLD

Founder of the COO Alliance and Author of Vivid Vision

About the author

nick sonnenberg

Nick Sonnenberg is an entrepreneur, Inc. columnist, and guest lecturer at Columbia University. He is the founder and CEO of Leverage, a leading operational efficiency consultancy that helps companies implement the CPR® Business Efficiency Framework outlined in Come Up for Air. This is the culmination of Nick’s unique perspective on the value of time, efficiency, and automation, which stems partly from the eight years he spent working as a high-frequency trader on Wall Street.

The CPR Framework consistently 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 and his team have worked with organizations of all sizes and across all industries, from high-growth startups to Fortune 10.