A Four-Day Work Week?
The idea that Microsoft, Intel, Google and IBM have banded together to figure out how to deal with the information overload they made—the glut of e-mail, instant messaging and cell phoning that we’re all drowning in—is fascinating.
Great military, political and civilian leaders are successful when they can concentrate on strategy and delegate the tactics—the implementation of strategy—to subordinates.
What seems to be happening is that 24/7 access to our e-mail and cell phones is causing all of us to lose control of our careers and our lives, and turning us all into involuntary workaholics. We no longer own our jobs.
In business, it’s possible to delegate tasks to others. But you can’t delegate e-mails.
From my recent (and current plunge) into World War II—our trip to the Normandy beaches and the hallowed American cemetery, plus a bunch of reading on the subject—one thing is clear: World War II was won by what I call snapshot management.
It worked then. Why not now?
The New Wall Street Journal Spam Filter
Yesterday I hit my vestigial AOL inbox. It’s vestigial because I keep it around only as a backup, having migrated to Yahoo a couple years ago. I consigned 62 e-mails and 22 Spam messages to oblivion in two minutes and five seconds.
All filters are turned off on my e-mail accounts. Being in marketing, I want to see what’s out there.
In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Lee Gomes reported on the new internal Dow Jones spam filter system. He wrote:
When the service was first turned on, Outlook inboxes were suddenly free of offers for prescription medicines, mortgage refinances, crude erotica and all the other mainstays of the spam economy. Regular e-mail life could resume—spam-free. It looked like another victory for technology in the hands of the good guys. If it seemed too good to be true, well, that happens all the time in the tech world.