Overload 101
By on April 28, 2011

Information has become the great leveler of society and business. In 2010, Information Overload cost the U.S. economy almost one trillion dollars. What is Information Overload costing your organization? Written by Jonathan Spira, one of …

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Limits on Recording Everything: Is the Genie Already Out of the Bottle?
By on August 17, 2012
Limits on Recording Everything: Is the Genie Already Out of the Bottle?

Ted Nelson, the inventor of hypertext, famously recorded numerous moments of his life on tape recordings, video, notepads, and the like.  Nelson, whose work in hypertext dates back to the early 1960s and coined the …

Tweeting Away Your Vacation
By on August 3, 2012
Tweeting Away Your Vacation

A vacation – at least as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary – is “a period of time devoted to pleasure, rest, or relaxation, especially one with pay granted to an employee.”
That means that, during …

Trouble Finding Time to Complete Tasks? Take a Deep Breath…
By on July 25, 2012
Trouble Finding Time to Complete Tasks? Take a Deep Breath…

A knowledge worker’s effectiveness depends on completing assignments. Sometimes, work just gets in the way of getting things done.
I’ve been thinking a lot about work. Specifically, what I’ve been contemplating is an increasing inability to …

Google X Lab Hunts YouTube for Cats
By on June 29, 2012
Google X Lab Hunts YouTube for Cats

When left to its own devices, what does one of the largest neural networks for machine learning in the world use its 16,000 computer processors and one billion connections do? Solve complex environmental problems? Crunch …

Robyn Pearce in New Zealand Herald: Interruptions are hazardous to business
By on June 20, 2012
Robyn Pearce in New Zealand Herald: Interruptions are hazardous to business

Robyn Pearce, writing for the New Zealand Herald, outlines the problem of e-mail overload and quotes Jonathan Spira on the impact of interruptions on productivity.
I checked in with Jonathan about recovery time, for all previous …

Is Information Overload Yesterday’s News?
By on June 15, 2012
Is Information Overload Yesterday’s News?

Information Overload continues to be a costly problem but it also appears to be losing some degree of mindshare.
This is not completely unexpected.  Many such areas – knowledge management comes to mind – go through …

Music and Productivity: All About Context
By on June 7, 2012
Music and Productivity: All About Context

Last week Jonathan Spira explored the possibility of music being a distracting influence on knowledge workers. Although there is some truth to that, music is a topic that engenders such passion that getting knowledge workers …

Music: The Great Distraction?
By on June 1, 2012
Music: The Great Distraction?

Recently, I noticed more and more knowledge workers wearing headsets while at their desks. Not just earbuds, but noise-cancelling headsets, the kind you’d expect to see on an airplane (indeed, Bose invented the noise-cancelling headset …

Better Innovation Through Chemistry?
By on May 25, 2012
Better Innovation Through Chemistry?

Innovating is hard work. Even just solving day-to-day problems can often be a challenge, particularly when the tasks are complex and time sensitive, or have multiple uncertainties.
To be at our mental best requires multiple factors …

In the Knowledge Economy, E-mail Continues to Be Front and Center
By on May 18, 2012
In the Knowledge Economy, E-mail Continues to Be Front and Center

Just this morning I had a conversation with an executive at a major U.S. bank. She was deploring the fact that all employees had been told that their e-mail databases would be limited to the …