Archive for June, 2012

Organizational altruism

Posted on June 23rd, 2012 · Posted in Organizational Solutions

Following a lecture on information overload my audience – a management forum in a midsized company – was discussing in small breakout groups norms for improving their messaging effectiveness. When the conclusions were read to the entire forum, we had many of the usual useful suggestions, but one team had a truly unusual contribution. They proposed that when one receives an email with a question that is best answered by someone else in the company, one should not forward it to the appropriate recipient right away. That is, say I’m the expert on left-threaded widgets and I get a mail.. Read more

The early bird and information overload

Posted on June 5th, 2012 · Posted in Individual Solutions

Over the years I noticed a solution that some diligent people apply to get over info overload and interruptions: they start their workday (at home or even in the office) an hour or more before the usual “Nine to Five”. Showing up at the office at 6 or 7 AM gives them an hour or two of total quiet, when they can concentrate on their work. In a sense they sacrifice sleep time to get onto a time machine and jump to that gentler age when people actually worked, without the rude interruptions of our Blackberry era. It’s a satisfying.. Read more