Archive for September, 2013

NIZ and NIW: Warding Off Dangerous Workplace Interruptions

Posted on September 27th, 2013 · Posted in Organizational Solutions

Workplace interruptions can kill. No Interruption Zone around amedication cart in an ICU  (Source) We’re so used to them that we forget how the incessant disruptions caused by phones, BlackBerries, incoming mails, and coworkers popping in for “just a quick question” are wreaking havoc on our ability to focus and think, with dire results for our productivity and creativity. The problem becomes outright fatal in critical work environments where lack of focus can lead to life threatening mistakes: distracting people like medical staff, airline pilots, or flight controllers can definitely lead to disaster. Then again, even where danger to life is.. Read more

Startup Burnout – and What You Can Do About It

Posted on September 18th, 2013 · Posted in Analysis and Opinion, Startups

Guest post by Toby Ruckert (Twitter / LinkedIn) When I was 29 years old, I thought I had successfully ticked many boxes of things I wanted to achieve in life. I married the love of my life, became an accomplished pianist, had built and helped others to build several companies and realized my dream of living on an island in a house next to the beach with a view of the ocean. Happy. Right? Yes, happy. But everything comes at a price. The triple and sometimes quadruple responsibilities of the different ventures I was involved in, the wide variety of.. Read more

New Insight Article: How to Launch an Information Overload Program in Your Company

Posted on September 11th, 2013 · Posted in Organizational Solutions

While I’ve been doing many different and wonderful things since leaving the cube farm (and, come to think of it, before then as well), the one I can honestly claim the most special experience with is helping organizations solve the problem of Information Overload in a structured manner. And while every company is different, requiring me to customize my intervention to the local company culture and other details, I have by now developed a general approach that seems to work well. In my new insight article I explain this approach, which should allow you to apply it in your own.. Read more