The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Yet, despite these impressive advances, for most of this period economies around the world have been stuck in an era of slow productivity growth. Individuals are also experiencing their own version of the productivity paradox. What accounts for this personal productivity paradox?

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% The Difficulty of Measuring Productivity.

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Robocalypse Now? Technology, Productivity and Employment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His presentation was based on a paper co-written with Utrecht University economist Anna Salomons. “Is productivity growth inimical to employment?,” The mechanization of the early 19th century could only replace a limited number of human activities. Is the Robocalypse upon us?,

“the strategic and purposeful production of ignorance”

Harold Jarche

You have to understand the networked nature of the information war we’re in, actively be there when people are looking, and blanket the information ecosystem with the information people need to make informed decisions.

Reconciling Activity and Decisions

Clark Quinn

On the one hand I talk about using decisions as a basis for design, and on the other I refer to activity -based learning. What was necessary was reconciling activity and decisions. Developing a product is typically a series of many decisions!

Activity or Application?

Clark Quinn

Activity : that the learner takes, and. Now, in many ways, this is similar to my own activity-based design , which is more a curricular model than a pedagogical one, but it foregrounds activity instead of content. Those are activities, just not cognitively challenging ones.

Deeper activities

Clark Quinn

A while ago, I argued for an activity-based curriculum. The In trying to move beyond good, albeittraditional, elearning, I’ve been working hard on the notion of what a meaningful activity (read: practice, task, etc) would be. As A colleague asked whether this meant that they’d always generate a product of learning, and my preliminary answer was yes, and then I realized that there was another way to view it.

Can IBM Watson Workspace Save Our Productivity?

Luis Suarez

Apparently, our productivity as employees has been plummeting since the mid 70s. Yet, productivity still is very weak and we don’t seem to succeed in figuring out who (or what) is to blame for that. Yes, indeed, you are reading it right, since the mid 70s !

From Mass Production to Mass Individualism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All kinds of new products and services, like Airbnb, are now coming to market. The result is a personalistic culture in which people have actively lost trust in big institutions. A few weeks ago, NY Times columnist David Brooks posted an OpEd on The Evolution of Trust.

Learning products

Harold Jarche

Heike Philp recently made this comment in response to Media & Messages : What I am sorely missing right now are ‘learning products’. To me a product has product specifications (specs) just as much as a computer has a list of specs or software has a list of features.

Reimagined Learning: Activities elaborated

Clark Quinn

In this case, I want to elaborate on the notion of activities, and some associated properties. First, I think it’s important to recognize that gradually, learners will take more and more ownership of choosing activities. Finally, activities can be individual or social.

Services, Production and Clouds

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Professor Zysman key premise is that the service transformation we are going through is truly an Algorithmic Revolution , that is, the ability to formalize and codify the activities underlying services, express them as computable algorithms and capture them in software. Given the major advances in the power and costs of information technologies, many more such service activities are now amenable to be transformed into algorithms and embodied in software.

Why Teleworkers Are More Productive

Nine Shift

During our Executive Leadership Institute a few weeks ago I started writing an article on why teleworkers are more productive. Less 'watercooler' conversation and other non-productive office activities. Teleworkers tend to work when they are most productive.

Become a More Productive, Empathetic, Creative Person With the Help of AI-Based Tools

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite dramatic advances in technology, most of the world’s economies have been stuck in a long period of slow growth and slow productivity. Most jobs involve a number of different tasks or activities. Some of these activities are more amenable to automation than others.

How Playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity

Luis Suarez

all of them having been blamed, over the course of decades, for being responsible as well for people’s lack of productivity and for getting us all far too distracted from real work. But what happens *if* playing games actually makes you *more* productive?

Why Do We Keep Insisting On Killing Productivity?

Luis Suarez

As you may have noticed already, the last post that I put together over here in this blog was a bit over three weeks ago, so, once again, it looks like that quiet period is now over and it’s a good time again to resume my regular blogging activities. decided to kill my own productivity?

Active sense-making

Harold Jarche

The process is often more important than the product. Sense-making is an activity, a regular practice. I added a sense-making activity about a year ago when I realized I was losing track of what I was finding on Twitter.

The means of production

Harold Jarche

The means of production are knowledge, creativity and ingenuity. Knowledgeable people are the means of production. Does this mean that “we&# own the means of production? But I think that interconnected and active citizens will self-organize and counter this movement.

Workplace Productivity

Tony Karrer

One of the favorite quotes I used to use during presentations was Drucker - The most important contribution of management in the 21st century will be to increase knowledge-worker productivity. Complexity of Productivity for Knowledge Work Productivity is defined as: the ratio of the quantity and quality of units produced to the labor per unit of time For some knowledge workers, we can reasonably define things this way. It seems to be equated with activity.

Types and proportions of learning activities?

Clark Quinn

The processing that helps make models stick includes having learners generate products: giving them data or outcomes and having them develop explanatory models. I’ve been on quite the roll of late, calling out some bad practices and calling for learning science. And it occurs to me that there could be some pushback. So let me be clear, I strongly suggest that the types of learning that are needed are not info dump and knowledge test, by and large. What does that mean?

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Reflections on Innovation, Productivity and Job Creation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I have also been thinking a lot about the impact of these innovations on the productivity of the service sector of the economy in general, and in particular, on the kinds of jobs that we can expect to be created over the next decades to replace those jobs that might decline or disappear as a result of such productivity improvements. Although there are numerous technological innovations that have improved the productivity of services over the past century (e.g.,

Productivity Tips for the Mobile (Social) Knowledge Web Worker – TweetBot, Pocket, Evernote

Luis Suarez

And since lately I keep traveling quite a bit and spend more time on the road than at my home office, I thought it would be a good time exploring how I can improve my overall knowledge Web worker experience using various social networking / productivity tools while on the road.

The Link Between BYOD and Increased Productivity

TOPYX LMS

A BYOD policy also makes it easy for employees to access corporate data and online training materials, which can increase productivity. Of all the benefits listed here, increased productivity usually pleases company leaders most.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

Beth Kanter

Many times our meetings are highly productive, but sometimes meetings can be boring, frustrating, and a complete waste of time. What if you tried different processes to increase engagement or productivity?

Patent Activity and the State of US Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, the Brookings Institution released a study that looks in detail at patenting activity in the US from 1980 to 2012 - Patenting Prosperity: Invention and Economic Performance in the United States and its Metropolitan Areas.

Online Learning Trends Enhancing Employee Productivity in 2017

TOPYX LMS

Corporate Online Learning Trends Can Boost Employee Productivity . They want to know which trends are noteworthy, and which can facilitate a productive workplace. Read on to discover a few online learning trends that can bolster company culture and increase employee productivity in 2017. 3 Corporate Online Learning Trends That Can Boost Employee Productivity in 2017. The post Online Learning Trends Enhancing Employee Productivity in 2017 appeared first on TOPYX.

9 Ways To Increase Your Productivity While Working From Home

Luis Suarez

It’s like a bit of fresh air coming along in small time lapses that would allow you to transition from one task to another rather easily, without losing much of the control of your own productivity. IBM Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Computing

Great Products Don’t Need Customer Service – “La Bicha”

Luis Suarez

As you may have noticed from my social networking activities from last week, I decided to take a few days off, with the summer holidays, and head over to mainland Spain, to visit my family in León , where I was born and raised many moons ago.

5 Reasons Why Activity Streams Will Save You From Information Overload

Luis Suarez

I heart Activity Streams. Have a look and read through “ If You Thought Your Inbox Was Overloaded, Wait Until Activity Streams &# to see where Craig is coming from. Now, I do realise that Activity Streams is no perfect world out there. I mean, I * love* them to bits!

5 Reasons Why Activity Streams Will Save Your From Information Overload

Luis Suarez

I heart Activity Streams. Have a look and read through “ If You Thought Your Inbox Was Overloaded, Wait Until Activity Streams &# to see where Craig is coming from. Now, I do realise that Activity Streams is no perfect world out there. I mean, I * love* them to bits!

Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

Beth Kanter

In preparation, I’ve been studying the research and best practices for productive meetings. ” Many of these practices are used at companies that pride themselves in having productive meetings. What Research Says About Productive Meetings and Conference Calls.

Travelling for work: 7 principles for productivity and value

Ross Dawson

During a long flight or over the course of a shorter more intense trip you can easily develop big-frame ideas just in the gaps between your scheduled activities. Many others have shared good advice on these topics so here I’ve just tried to stick to some of the things that matter most to me in making my travel productive and valuable.

Spike activity 21-07-2015

Mind Hacks

Wired report that IBM have a close-to-production neuromorphic chip. Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Be wary of studies that link mental illness with creativity or high IQ. Good piece in The Guardian. Nautilus has a piece on the lost dream journal of neuroscientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal. Video games are tackling mental health with mixed results. Great piece in Engadget.

The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive

Beth Kanter

In his words: “For nearly 15 years, I’ve been making the case — in my writing and with corporate clients — that employees can be more productive by working fewer hours and taking more time for rest and renewal during the work day.” What is your secret to being productive?

Activating A Culture of Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

I’m excited to co-presenting a session at this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference called “ Activating A Culture of Resilience for Sustainable Impact ,” with fellow NTEN board members, Ananda Leeke & Meico Whitlock as well as Carrie Rice.

Healthy and Productive Meetings: Free Guidestar Webinar on Feb. 12th

Beth Kanter

I have learned a lot – and the results have helped me be way more productive (and drop a lot of pounds toos!). I’ll be doing a Guidestar Webinar on health and productive meetings on Feb. Flickr Photo by Lynn Friedman.

Online Learning Trends Enhancing Employee Productivity in 2017

TOPYX LMS

Corporate Online Learning Trends Can Boost Employee Productivity . They want to know which trends are noteworthy, and which can facilitate a productive workplace. Read on to discover a few online learning trends that can bolster company culture and increase employee productivity in 2017. 3 Corporate Online Learning Trends That Can Boost Employee Productivity in 2017. The post Online Learning Trends Enhancing Employee Productivity in 2017 appeared first on TOPYX.

Leveraging Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Government Productivity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On October 6, the Technology CEO Council released its report One Trillion Reasons: How Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Productivity Can Save Taxpayer Money and Enhance Government Services. By harnessing major technological shifts and adopting best business practices, we can not only make our government far more productive, but also foster greater innovation in areas ranging from healthcare to education and energy – innovation that will generate economic growth and job creation. “We

2013-10-25 Spike activity

Mind Hacks

Interesting neuromarketing twist in Advertising Age : the same ‘brain truth is the real truth’ illusion but turned round to market the product as having a specific effect on the consumer.

?Beyond “I hate green:” Managing Productive Visual Design Reviews

Adaptive Path

When talking to clients about the more subjective aspects of visual design, we’ve found these techniques help frame the conversation and lead to more productive feedback. Activities and Workshops. In some cases activities can help make abstract visual concepts more concrete. Below are just a few activities that we have done with clients here at AP. •

2011-03-19 Spike activity

Mind Hacks

Slate has an great piece on why it could be counter-productive to start fact-based education too early by developmental psychologist Alison Gopnick. Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The Boston Globe has a fascinating piece on the psychological benefits of solitude.

Why Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

Beth Kanter

The book looks at how individuals can avoid burnout through self-care and how nonprofits can support it – through activities that promote well-being, cultural cues, or an overall strategy. They got feedback from staff about what types of activities might help them avoid burnout.

Driving Productivity Might Revolutionize HR or Kill It

Kevin Wheeler

Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Driving Productivity Might Revolutionize HR or Kill It by Kevin Wheeler on March 10, 2010 How different is what you do today from five years ago? The evidence shows that increases in productivity significantly lag the investment in tools and process improvements. Suddenly productivity began to climb and averaged 2.6