The Death of Depth

What's the longest you've gone without checking email during the past month? How many times a day do you interrupt what you're doing to search Google, or update Facebook, or check stock prices, or buy something online, or skim the headlines? We all know our attention is under siege. What we under. . .

Who Runs Your Life?

Think, for a moment, about the life you're living. You skitter from activity to activity. The consequence is that you don't do anything particularly well. You're easily distracted and have difficulty paying attention. You rarely read anything challenging, if you read much at all, which is why so . . .

The 90-Minute Solution: Why Less is Truly More

When I wrote a post on this site about The Myth of Productivity recently, a number of commentators argued productivity has gone up not because employees are running scared, but rather because companies have finally laid off the slackers who were dragging productivity down. There are surely plenty. . .

The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

Like most writers I know, I spent an undue amount of time seeking the perfect title for my new book. As my deadline approached, it dawned on me, after a decade of working in large organizations such as Sony, Ford, Google and the LAPD, that the story employees tell is always a variation on the sam. . .

The Productivity Myth

So here's the paradox: Americans are working 10 percent fewer total hours than they did before the recession, due to layoffs and shortened workdays, but we're producing nearly as many goods and services as we did back in the full employment days of 2007. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke called these gai. . .