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If All Productivity Improvements Must Come from Technology, What Are Managers For?

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CEOs and investors are right to worry when they see productivity gains from the digital revolution tailing off. But many seem to have a quaint faith that salvation comes from one source only, the one they agree is exhausted right now: digital innovation. Time Magazine reported recently, “If we want to get back to the

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History and Other Thoughts/Beautiful With Brains:

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The Time Bandit Solution How often do you set down to complete a task but can never seem to finish it on time because you’re constantly interrupted by your boss, your colleagues, your children, etc? These people are your Time Bandits. Although they don’t steal your time with malicious intentions or on purpose, they do

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The High Cost of the Interruption Culture and How to Stop Paying It

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When people talk about “the interruption culture” in today’s workplace, they often sound resigned to it – as though it can’t be changed and therefore must be tolerated. They are wrong. The interruption culture destroys productivity, work satisfaction and life satisfaction. It should not be tolerated, and it can be changed. Eliminating the interruption culture

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Learning to Say No to Interruptions to Foster Creativity in Business

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What if Galileo, Newton, Einstein or any of the other great thinkers of the past had lived in today’s interruption culture? Would hastily called departmental meetings have discouraged Newton from discovering why what goes up must come down? Would society still be wondering what E equals if Einstein had to endure “reply all”? And then

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Beautiful with Brains

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What I’m Reading Now The Time Bandit Solution: Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had by Edward G. Brown Do you often feel like there’s not enough time in the day to do everything you need to do? Do you wish that a day could last 48 hours? Edward G Brown, who created and

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