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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Information Overload: Do As I Say, Not As I Do?
By on May 11, 2012
Information Overload: Do As I Say, Not As I Do?

“I don’t really spend that much time on e-mail…” “E-mail sometimes overwhelms my day.”
These two perspectives sound as if they represent two polar extremes in the knowledge workforce, but they actually are coming from the …

Big Data, Big Problems, The Next Big Thing?
By on May 4, 2012
Big Data, Big Problems, The Next Big Thing?

Slowly but surely, the corporate world is beginning to realize that the amount of information and data it generates is digging the enterprise into a hole.
It’s no surprise that the buzzword for 2012 is “Big …

Information Overload – Is there a silver bullet?
By on April 27, 2012
Information Overload – Is there a silver bullet?

There is really one key driver of all of the costs of Information Overload and that’s the phenomenon I discovered early on in my research and which I named Recovery Time.
Recovery Time is the time …

Getting Wise: How is Wisdom Really Acquired?
By on April 20, 2012
Getting Wise: How is Wisdom Really Acquired?

In my book Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization, I wrote that the three trickiest words in the English language may very well be “information,” “knowledge,” and “wisdom.”
To say that their …

Is Getting More Free Time As Easy as Withdrawing Money from an Automated Teller Machine?
By on April 12, 2012
Is Getting More Free Time As Easy as Withdrawing Money from an Automated Teller Machine?

As part of a publicity stunt for its 4G LTE Windows Phones, Microsoft set up Free-Time Machines (FTMs) across the country.
What exactly is an FTM, I hear you all cry?
Similar to ATMs, the FTMs essentially …

In the briefing room: AwayFind
By on April 6, 2012
In the briefing room: AwayFind

The only thing worse than getting too much e-mail is not getting the e-mail messages you really need.  Missing an important e-mail message can have far-ranging implications, but the only way to 100% guarantee you …

Is Information Hoarding A Form of Overload?
By on April 6, 2012
Is Information Hoarding A Form of Overload?

On March 27, The Wall Street Journal published a piece on digital hoarding in an attempt to extend the term from clothing, papers, books, and other objects to digital files and associated it with the …

Why We Can’t (and Won’t) Disconnect
By on March 30, 2012
Why We Can’t (and Won’t) Disconnect

This past weekend, I unplugged. It turns out that I did this on the National Day of Unplugging but that was purely coincidental.
Over the past few years, I’ve given much thought to the reasons why …

The Genie is out of the bottle and he can read your mind
By on March 22, 2012
The Genie is out of the bottle and he can read your mind

The Economist last week reported on advanced linguistic analysis software that has been designed to “show an employee’s emotional state over time.” The software, developed by Ernst & Young, analyzes the content of e-mail communications …

E-mail Marketer: Meet Information Overload
By on March 14, 2012
E-mail Marketer: Meet Information Overload

Have you heard from your favorite retailer recently? If so, it’s probably been via e-mail and you probably didn’t open most of them.
According to research by Responsys, a company that provides marketing tools, the top …