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Nathan Zeldes here – taking over from Michael Einstein as the month’s owner of IORG’s social media in December. Any comments and input are welcome – use the contact form on our site,

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The Key Causes of Data Breaches

What is a Data Breach A data breach occurs when a hacker or cyber-criminal gets access to a computer system and obtains some of its protected and sensitive data. In many cases, the information includes things such as individual’s names and addresses, social security numbers, bank account information, and credit card information.  It can also include such things as health […]

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Distractions – What they Are and How to Reduce their Impact

Distractions are a huge challenge in today’s “always on” environment, and a key source of “information overload”. In this post, we are going to learn a bit more about the different types of distractions, what they are, and how you can (hopefully) learn to reduce their impact on your personal productivity. There two key types of distractions: A) External Distractions […]

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How To Better Manage Information Overload In The Workplace

Resource Author:  Sébastien Ricard
Resource Date:  2019-11-04
Resource Name:  Forbes
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

A CEO gives his take on information overload and how he mitigates it in his company.

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Our Shrinking Attention Span and What to Do About It

Resource Author:  Nathan Zeldes
Resource Date:  2019-11-28
Resource Name:  Nathan Zeldes's blog
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

It is no secret that the attention span of today’s people is embarrassingly short. This post discusses some of the implications for all of us – as individuals, as employees, as managers, and as parents.

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“The Cost of Continuously Checking Email”

Resource Author:  Ron Friedman
Resource Date:  2014-07-04
Resource Name:  Harvard Business Review
URL:   Link to Source Article or Site

This is a quick read that emphasizes the cognitive price we pay when we’re constantly shifting our attention from one item to another.  It is a 2 min or less resource so go ahead “Do It!”


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IORG  has done a tremendous job to raise awareness as well as provide well researched, practical resources to address the complex issues of information overload.  They were way ahead of the game and continue to lead in this arena.

Anne McGhee-Stinson Managing Partner & Director of Practice, Effective Edge

IORG’s work is extremely relevant and impactful in an age when people regularly suffer from information overload. I regularly use their work to get the latest high-level thinking on information overload.

Dr. Lawrence Ampofo Director & Founder, Digital Mindfulness

The costs associated with information overload are too high for this problem to be seen merely as an academic rhetoric… IORG helps us to not forget that this is a problem we face every day, despite the fact that it often goes unnoticed. In that sense, IORG was, for me, a “canary in the coal mine”, an advance indicator showing the imminence of a dangerous problem.

Rui Silva Founder - 2BePro


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