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User Rank: Apprentice
3/21/2013 | 1:44:42 PM
re: Always Connected, But Always Distracted
I like the sub-head of this one: Take a step back and ask what's more important: taking in what's online or taking in what's right in front of you?

Baba Ram Das called it GǣBe. Here. Now.Gǥ The extra periods arenGt a marketing trick. Try it: Take a deep breath, and make each word a statement as you exhale. YouGll feel the difference.
David Berlind
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User Rank: Apprentice
12/13/2012 | 11:24:32 PM
re: Always Connected, But Always Distracted
Boy does this hit a nerve. John, I applaud you for saying that change starts with you and trying to figure out how to find the right balance for yourself as well as your team. But I agree, it's especially challenging these days. I can't help but think that smartphones -- blackberries in particular because of how they were the first to really keep us tethered --- have squeezed some people out of the workforce. Before the days of this 24/7 always on, always connected, constantly tethered mentality, we were bulked up to handle the emergencies. But wait, now that everyone is tethered, we don't need to bulk up so much. We're doing more, with less. Promise (of smartphones fulfilled).

Speed of information is another issue. Who would argue with the fact that we are insanely more competitive thanks to the realtime mode that 24/7 tethering puts us in. In the old world, we found things out the next morning, and reacted then. The playing field was leveled. Our competitors did the same. But today, our competitor learns something important at 8pm and is acting on that information by 8:15... we can't afford to wait until the next morning. Somewhere in those 12 hours is revenue or profit loss (or losses avoided). Consider the trading industry where millions of dollars are made or lost when one company is faster or slower than another by milliseconds. This is literally the chief selling proposition of companies like Arista Networks with their high speed low latency switches. They target traders saying the profit generated in the millisecond advantage will more than pay for the gear.

Oh, and you don't want to play in the realtime game? Your company will probably be happy to replace you with someone who does.

So, again, after thinking about how I was reading email last night while I was putting the kids to bed, I applaud anyone who can somehow find the right formula. When you do, please share it with me because we're only here for a blink in time. Life is so finite, so precious and to think that many of us are living to work instead of working to live is a bit of a tragedy.
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12/13/2012 | 9:46:53 PM
re: Always Connected, But Always Distracted
If you as a leader have good lieutenants, you should be able to mostly unplug and let them run things for a few days while you're on vacation. It's healthy for you and valuable for them. What message does it send to the troops if they can't run their own show once in a while?

Laurianne McLaughlin
User Rank: Strategist
12/13/2012 | 11:38:48 AM
re: Always Connected, But Always Distracted
this applies 100x to the TELEPHONE voice call more so than the 'puter browser or text msg.

how many times have you been working with someone, the phone rings and pow! you're done

office cube. service desk. it doesn't matter we allow that damn phone to pre-empt our attention.

enough already . junk 'em.

what we desperately need is voice to text message converters. so we can get rid of phone calls and voice mail .

the important thing to recognize is that the text message protocol REDUCES distractions -- rather than increasing them.

they're quieter too. how many times have you been anoyed by a loud talking phone call in the next cube or across the bar during a football game ?

c'mon people now
User Rank: Strategist
12/12/2012 | 6:38:22 PM
re: Always Connected, But Always Distracted
This is a great article. I read it while at a restaurant having dinner with my wife.


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