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October 20 is Information Overload Awareness Day – Lower the Overload
October 17, 2011 – 2:03 pm | One Comment
October 20 is Information Overload Awareness Day – Lower the Overload

On Thursday October 20, knowledge workers around the world will mark the third annual Information Overload Awareness Day.  The theme is “Lower the Overload.”  The holiday/observance is our attempt to raise awareness of the crippling …

Rethinking What Works Better When For the Twenty-First Century
October 6, 2011 – 7:53 pm | 3 Comments
Rethinking What Works Better When For the Twenty-First Century

Ten years ago, I first wrote what I now refer to as “What Works Better When” a look at the practical and social implications of when one should use the telephone, instant messaging and, more …

Information, Information, Everywhere… But Not A Lot Of Good It Does
September 29, 2011 – 4:32 pm | No Comment
Information, Information, Everywhere… But Not A Lot Of Good It Does

This essay is being written after numerous and somewhat frustrating encounters with the latest information technology.  One would think that we’ve reached a point where systems and computers should work flawlessly but that is less …

Automaticity: The Impact of Distractions on Work and Driving
September 7, 2011 – 2:05 pm | One Comment
Automaticity: The Impact of Distractions on Work and Driving

The ability to do one thing on autopilot while doing something else is referred to as automaticity.  While experienced drivers can hold conversations and listen to the radio while driving, novice drivers cannot.  Indeed, many …

Irene: High-Tech Hurricane or Old Media Triumph?
August 28, 2011 – 4:20 pm | 2 Comments
Irene: High-Tech Hurricane or Old Media Triumph?

As Hurricane Irene started to bear down on the New York metropolitan area, like many others, I started to think about preparing for a variety of eventualities including storm damage and power failure.
Though the storm …

Plugging In While Plugging Out
August 17, 2011 – 5:02 pm | No Comment
Plugging In While Plugging Out

A recent holiday left me in a quandary.  The concept of my trip was simple: fly to Stuttgart, take European Delivery of a Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec diesel-powered sedan, and drive it in a northerly direction …

Leadership in An Age of Information Overload
July 28, 2011 – 6:28 pm | One Comment
Leadership in An Age of Information Overload

What will distinguish successful companies in the years to come will not be their products nor their services.  Rather, it will be the ability of their leaders to ingest and make sense of massive amounts …

E-mail Overload Tips and Techniques
July 4, 2011 – 3:46 am | No Comment
E-mail Overload Tips and Techniques

E-mail overload is a major component of Information Overload.  Ironically, the biggest problems we have with e-mail stem from our own behavior. 
Here are three tips (from Overload! How Too Much Information Can Be Hazardous To …

Information Overload Authors To Discuss Their Books On June 27
June 19, 2011 – 4:40 am | No Comment
Information Overload Authors To Discuss Their Books On June 27

On June 27, I’ll be joined by four other authors who have written books focused (in one way or another) on the problem of Information Overload.
The event will take place on the Web at 11 …

Can You Hear Me Now?
June 9, 2011 – 4:14 pm | No Comment
Can You Hear Me Now?

Much of the time, we look at distractions and interruptions in the workplace and think “e-mail” or “instant message.”
However, an often overlooked source of distractions is the issue of audio quality during phone conversations.  Some …