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    The Thing About Email

    Today we’re releasing Part 2 of The Email Paradox: Inefficient Efficiency, which continues our discussion of email overload and it’s impact on productivity and personal well-being. A third episode on […]

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    Niksen: The value of doing nothing.

    by Frank Butler This idea of nothing is derived from the Dutch. The general idea is that you take some time out of your day to intentionally do … nothing. […]

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    How I Learned to Love the Lockdown

    By Paul Harvey Covid has, obviously, been bad. Nothing that we’ve gained has been worth even one of the lives lost to the disease that’s kept most of us in […]

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    Podcast: The Email Paradox: Inefficient Efficiency

    Email is one of the most efficient forms of communication ever created.  Email is almost universally viewed as a threat to efficiency, on and off the job.  How can both […]

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    Google’s Search Results Have Gotten Worse: My Take

    Frank and I don’t do these posts on any sort of schedule (clearly…), we just wait for inspiration to strike. Sometimes it strikes in sort of tangential ways, like when […]

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    The need for office space

    by Frank Butler The WSJ posted an article about startups not needing office space, especially early on. Certainly has a significant impact on the cash flow and equity needs when […]

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    Podcast: BS Jobs

    Bologna Sandwich maker? Barber Shop singer? Nah, not those BS jobs. In this episode we dive into what the late David Graeber defined as jobs that are “so completely pointless, […]

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    Podcast: Margin of Error: When Good Polling Goes Bad

    What happens when you ask the wrong questions? You get the wrong answers. Then you make the wrong decisions. Then you look silly. Whether you’re a pollster predicting elections or […]

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    Podcast: Chasing Productivity & Creativity in WFH

    JP Morgan has observed reduced productivity and creativity among employees working from home (WFH). CEO Jamie Dimon notes that younger employees are disproportionally affected, particularly on Mondays and Fridays. This […]

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    Podcast: MBA: Masters of Busyness Administration?

    Elon Musk bemoans the modern corporation’s obsession with busywork. We bemoan the modern corporation’s obsession with busywork. Elon Musk blames the over MBA-ification of the business world for this obsession. […]