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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The Street: How to Boost Employee Productivity Despite March Madness
By on March 14, 2012
The Street: How to Boost Employee Productivity Despite March Madness

Jonathan Spira was interviewed by Laurie Kulikowski for The Street on knowledge worker productivity and how to keep productivity up during March Madness:
Jonathan Spira is the CEO and chief analyst of Basex, a research firm focusing on workplace …

Newsfactor.com: Anonymous Affiliate Steals 40,000 Credit Card Numbers
By on March 13, 2012
Newsfactor.com: Anonymous Affiliate Steals 40,000 Credit Card Numbers

Jonathan Spira is quoted by Jennifer LeClaire on Newsfactor.com as she discusses the recent hacking attack by The Consortium:
It’s not Anonymous, but it’s an emerging group of hackers that claims affiliation with the infamous “hacktivist” group. …

Financial Post: Is banning e-mails the answer to boosting productivity?
By on March 12, 2012
Financial Post: Is banning e-mails the answer to boosting productivity?

Ray Williams, writing in the Financial Post, discusses the contentious issue of e-mail and productivity.
Jonathan Spira, author of Overload: How Too Much Information is Hazardous to Your Organization, contends that information overload cost the U.S. economy …

Tablet Reality Check
By on March 9, 2012
Tablet Reality Check

With this week’s announcement of the new iPad and expectations for high sales and increased tablet ownership at all-time highs, it is worth taking a minute to review the tablet landscape.
According to Pew Research, as …

Beep. Beep. Beep.
By on March 1, 2012
Beep. Beep. Beep.

When I look around, I see temptation. Information. It’s like crack. You get a little information and you immediately want more.
Three beeps indicate a text message. My friends and colleagues who want my attention send …

The Man Who Didn’t Invent E-mail
By on February 21, 2012
The Man Who Didn’t Invent E-mail

Recently, I was shocked to learn that a 14-year old named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai invented e-mail in 1978.  This story came to me via the Washington Post, which reported on February 17 that the “inventor” …

A conversation with Patrick – The Clog
By on February 10, 2012
A conversation with Patrick – The Clog

 
Every week, I get the opportunity to sit down and chat with knowledge workers who are overloaded. Last week, I spoke with Patrick, a mid-level banking executive.
He refers to the problem of Information Overload as …

Institute of Noetic Sciences: Meditating at Work: A New Approach to Managing Overload
By on February 10, 2012
Institute of Noetic Sciences: Meditating at Work: A New Approach to Managing Overload

Jonathan Spira’s research at Basex was cited in this great article in Noetic Now by Wendy Woods:
According to Dr. Edward Hallowell, the prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain responsible for executive functions such as …

E-mail Disclaimer Overload
By on February 1, 2012
E-mail Disclaimer Overload

I recently noticed not one, not two, but 11 disclaimers at the bottom of an extensive e-mail exchange that occurred over a period of several days.
I noticed that disclaimers first started appearing on some e-mail …

January 18, 2012 – A notable day in information history
By on January 26, 2012
January 18, 2012 – A notable day in information history

In what had an eerie resemblance to a No Email Friday but which occurred for very different reasons, portions of the Internet went dark last week.
On January 18, major Web sites including Wikipedia and Reddit …