[Knowledge Jolt] 5 new entries



It's only millennials who multitask?

There are articles all over the place that claim "kids these days" are particularly infected with a bug that makes them multitask. Here is another example from self-proclaimed millennial Isvari Mohan in commentary in yesterday's Boston Globe, Multitasking millennials are costing us billions

Are you listening to music while reading this article? Are you supposedly working at the same time? Are you planning to skim read and drop off by the second paragraph?

Well, STOP IT.

One of the major problems...

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The Human Constraint

The larger Theory of Constraints community has been a great source of business novels over the past year. My latest find is The Human Constraint by Angela Montgomery. The story was compelling, and I thought the approach to describing the formal process was just enough to make me curious to find more without distracting from the story.

The story follows the path of several people through the eyes of May MacCarran, a writer who gets more than she expected in taking a new assignment....

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No thanks, Too busy

This cartoon made the rounds in many groups - I've seen it many places. A friend sent a modified version recently where the text said. "We can't talk now." "We are too busy" instead. But the sentiment is the same. And it feels the same as "too long, didn't read" or any other claim of being busy.

Everyone likes to laugh at these poor cave men, too busy running around to talk to someone who might have a different way of looking at the world. But it's also pretty close to things we tell...

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Life is like riding a bike

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." - Albert Einstein

This is inspired by this t-shirt image that a friend sent me, relating to project management. But a quick web search shows this "quote" appearing with pick-your-profession replacing "project manager" and some variation on the wording.

      
 
 

How to approach "solving" problems

A couple blogs I read mentioned the same Russell Ackoff way of looking at problems and how they are typically solved. This apocryphal story from James Lather gets us going: 4 Ways to Solve a Problem

A man you know is hungry.  There are 4 ways you could solve his problem:

  1. Slap him about a bit. This will take his mind of it.  Hunger gone, problem solved. 
  2. Give him a fish to eat.  Hunger gone, problem solved. 
  3. Give him a fishing rod and show them how to fish.  Hunger gone,...

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