How to survive in daily business life?

– So many management concepts!
Smoking or non smoking management concepts? I really like this one !
Remind me an old chart about management concepts life cycle…

– A good manager has surely to be stress tolerant, have to feed his curiosity, …
In daily life, some nice vizualization tools can help him (look at the demos…)
Ignorance is his basic state. Can Artificial intelligence, this prothesis to natural ignorance help him?
(« Before we work on artificial intelligence why don’t we do something about natural stupidity? » Steve Polyak)

And so much tasks, contradictory, so many mails, sometimes useful, sometimes just « umbrella » mails (« I copy you, so I am clean »), sometimes just business intelligence information. Microsoft showed that over 70% of information workers spend a fifth of their time or more on e-mail related tasks.
How do people deal with these queues of « things to do », are their trade-off, to decide to do or not, based on their own personal priority system or on organization priority system ?
Recent studies by IDC, the Working Council of CIOs, the Ford Motor Company, and Reuters found that:
* Knowledge workers spend from 15% to 35% of their time searching for information.
* Searchers are successful in finding what they seek 50% of the time or less.
* 40% of corporate users report that they cannot find the information they need to do their jobs on their intranets.
* Some studies suggest that 90% of the time that knowledge workers spend in creating new reports is spent recreating information that already exists.
* An IDC report suggests that rework costs an enterprise about $5,000 per person per year for an estimated annual total of $12 million dollars across the U.S. Furthermore, not locating and retrieving information has an opportunity cost of $15 million dollars per year.

People are still interested in « learning » how to deal with email better. Maybe Web2 can offer some solutions – for a recent analysis of the situation, see Michael Sampson’s series of posts on the topic that starts here..
…but is there a danger that Web2 opportunities amplify the problem?



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