Don’t Confuse Efficiency with Convenience or Hurry – DBR 039

I think we get confused about efficiency, and I think this leads us away from actually becoming efficient. There are two concepts that can confuse us. They disguise the challenge that we really actually face around efficiency. And I’ll talk about what all those things are, but if we’ve got the wrong mindset, it leads […]

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The Downside of Organizational Flexibility – DBR 037

We all try to help our organization be flexible. We hear about the benefits of flexibility, responsiveness, and flat organizational structure. In addition, we all hear about the power and benefits of teams. We feel that fast communication is good (fast information exchange). So, we avoid structure in the belief that this benefits our organization

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Do We Define Productivity Correctly? – DBR 036

In this episode, I’m going to refine our definition of productivity in knowledge work. If you think you know the definition, there’s a good chance you’ll be surprised. I have my customers tell me their definition of productivity; I believe that the typical definition is broken. I’ve seen it lead people to over-think, hesitate, or even

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Drucker’s Six Ideas about Knowledge Work Environments – DBR 031

In the podcast, we study knowledge work and how to get better at it. This touches on a lot of different disciplines, notably management. Typically, I discuss management as how we should manage ourselves. So, when I talk about managing knowledge work, I usually mean how do we manage ourselves as knowledge workers. I believe

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Information Channels and Filters: Tools to Protect Our Attention – DBR 030

David Allen on Information Overload – if it were real, then when you walked into a library, your head would explode. Let’s consider that idea in the context of Attention Overload. When we feel overloaded and overwhelmed, we can’t just blame that on the increasing amount of information. It’s true that the amount of information has

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