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The Importance of Being Connected and Disconnected–We Need Both and the Balance There Of In Our Business and Personal Live

Posted Sep 16 2010 11:53pm

Multitasking is constantly shifting attention and the consequences are constant image distractions.  This is an interesting video that discussed what we deal with every day and the the author David Berlind gives some very interesting points.  We are all certainly under pressure to feel the need to be connected. 

How do you use technology to solve some of the problems that technology has created?

It’s hard to disconnect and still remain competitive.  When constantly connected we begin to lose our ability to determine what is trivial and what really contains important information.  Screening out interruptions is important and paying attention to one thing – Conceptual thinking is only possible when focusing on one thing at a time and this has value both in business and is needed in personal life too.  Mr. Berlind is ahead of his time with his thinking but I believe is right on the money.  image

IT systems do influence the way we think and behave he states, and I have said one many times here.  The need for speed, which is how IT organizations pace themselves and find their value has negatives too which corporations are now learning exist.  A shift of paradigms he says of “more is better” to a shift of “what’s really important here” he says is key.

BEHAVIOR NEEDS TO CHANGE IN BOTH DIRECTIONS AND IF TECHNOLOGY CAN PLAY A ROLE IN THAT, THEN ALL THE BETTER. 

Ethics get lost in our excitement to do new things (bingo).  Sometimes folks may not see as enthusiastic enough on every bit of technology that rolls out, which is not necessarily true, as I mention ethics on this blog until it’s coming out our ears! 

He addresses one thing is is the crux of many errors in healthcare and that is “DISTRACTION” , which over done leads to deadly disruptions, thus there’s a time to stop the wheels of multi tasking to focus and not spread ourselves too thin with too many technologies all at once.  Anyone else reading this relate?  I do as I find myself in the same predicament at times and do have to shut out the distractions of those things are are not critical.  BD 

David Berlind interviews the author Nicholas Carr

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