Reducing Information Pollution

5 Tips for Bringing More Mindfulness to Your Work

Source: Globoforce blog
Author: Jacqueline Carter
Date: 01/18/2018
Excerpt: The root cause of stress and work-related exhaustion does not come from what is happening in our external environment, but how we respond to it from our internal landscape; more specifically – from how our mind reacts to what we are experiencing and the extent to which we are able to effectively manage our mind, or not.
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Collaborative Overlaod

During the 1990’s, organizations shifted from a functional-centric structure to a business process-centric structure. After completing difficult change management actions, benefits were harvested, e.g., reduced cycle time, decreased rework and improved customer satisfaction. Information overload can occur from individual actions during and outside of work as well as team activities. The cited references describe some root causes of collaboration overload and suggests remedies. The benefits from a business process-centric structure can be reduced by collaboration overload. It’s worth reading these materials to achieve your expectations from collaboration benefits. Marty B #IORGforum

Source: stand alone
Author: Rob Cross
Date: 07/01/2016
Excerpt: Rob Cross offers a good description of collaborative overload (ref link included) and a diagnostic test [www.RobCross.org/collaborative-overload). Also see Harvard Business Review; Jan-Feb 2016 and www.bethkantor.org/techwellness-np-workplace for ways to reduce collaborative overload
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Better Mental Organization May Reduce Information Overload

Daniel Levitan’s book: The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Dutton/Penguin 2014) describes in Chapters 2 & 3 how the mental processes for encoding, organizing and retrieving accepted information can increase or decrease your cognitive load for information processing. The content is more than replacing a formal taxonomy with your personal folksonomy. Fascinating read. Marty B. #IORGforum

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Excerpt: Daniel Levitan’s book: The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Dutton/Penguin 2014) describes in Chapters 2 & 3 how the mental processes for encoding, organizing and retrieving accepted information can increase or decrease your cognitive load for information processing. The content is more than replacing a formal taxonomy with your personal folksonomy. [...]
 

Does Big Data Analytics Dull Thinking?

Embedded algorithms processing big data are proposed to reduce human information processing demands. Edward Tenner in his book The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do [Alfred a Knopf, 2018] proposes that the efficiency from embedded Big Data Analytics can be counterproductive, e.g., missed opportunities, adopting new approaches, less intuitive thinking. He provides a persuasive rationale for his position including many valuable examples. Tenner recommends that a selective combination of embedded algorithms and human intuition will improve judgments, learning and decision-making. Marty B #IORGforum, #EndInfoOverload

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Excerpt: Embedded algorithms processing big data are proposed to reduce human information processing demands. Edward Tenner in his book The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do [Alfred a Knopf, 2018] proposes that the efficiency from embedded Big Data Analytics can be counterproductive, e.g., missed opportunities, adopting new approaches, less intuitive thinking. He provides a persuasive rationale [...]
 

Stories Offer Context Reducing Information Overload

Our mental effort or workload is reduced when a set of information items or chunks are delivered as a story. Indeed our ability to recall the content also is improved. A new book Storynomics: Story-Driven Marketing in the Post-Advertising World by respected storyteller Robert McKee & Thomas Gerace (Twelvebooks.com; Hatchett Book Group; March 2018) provides a field-tested approach to creating effective stories. McKee’s website is: https://mckeestory.com/. Decades ago, I (others also?) proposed that Information was defined as more than “data relevant to the task,” but also an effective representation or format to understand and communicate the information effectively. Stories provide an extremely effective frame for delivering information content. A number of software modeling applications, e.g., Tableau and IBM WATSON Analytics have built-in capability for creating storyboards. These are elements that are more than a PPT deck–a set of slides integrated by a common storyline having a captivating beginning, followed by valuable content, and often concluded with some “call to action.” If you have not tried storyboarding to reduce the mental processing effort by your audience, jump onto the storytelling bandwagon.

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Excerpt: Our mental effort or workload is reduced when a set of information items or chunks are delivered as a story. Indeed our ability to recall the content also is improved. A new book Storynomics: Story-Driven Marketing in the Post-Advertising World by respected storyteller Robert McKee & Thomas Gerace (Twelvebooks.com; Hatchett Book Group; March 2018) provides a [...]
 

Informnation Overload, Perhaps look in the Mirror

One definition of information is the degree of uncertainty reduction. How much information do you need to gather to achieve an acceptable
confidence level that you have sufficient information to make a judgment or decision? Herb Simon made a distinction between optimization
and satisfaction. Similarly, an inverted U curve for amount of information gathered suggests that too much information creates an excessive
cognitive processing load. Of course, other factors enter into your information gathering behavior, e.g., economic loss function for an incorrect
judgment or decision, position of the person(s) in the organization to whom this recommendation is sent, diagnosticity of the information content.
Do you ask yourself explicitly if you have or have not gathered a sufficient amount of valuable information or are you compulsively attempting to
conduct an exhaustive search? Don’t permit this cause for information overload to be self-inflicted. Marty Bariff, IORG Treasurer posting blogs
during May.

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Excerpt: One definition of information is the degree of uncertainty reduction. How much information do you need to gather to achieve an acceptable confidence level that you have sufficient information to make a judgment or decision? Herb Simon made a distinction between optimization and satisfaction. Similarly, an inverted U curve for amount of information gathered suggests [...]
 

On Analog Social Media

Excellent article on the benefits of Social Media detox by Prof Cal Newport. Highly recommended read (and advice)!

Source: Study Hacks blog
Author: Prof. Cal Newport
Date: 03/28/2018
Excerpt: Since January, I’ve been reading through the hundreds of reports that participants sent me about their experience with the digital declutter. I’ve been learning a lot from these case studies, but I want to focus here on one observation in particular that caught my attention: when freed from standard digital distractions, participants often overhauled their free time in massively positive ways.
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