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Tony Schwartz's article in (Sunday's) New York Times (clever guys, clever) struck a nerve. In fact, we here at the Center for...

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Tony Schwartz's article in (Sunday's) New York Times (clever guys, clever) struck a nerve. In fact, we here at the Center for the Future of Work, are just about to kick off a research project looking at similar themes; i.e. productivity in an "always on" age. I've long thought that there is wisdom missing in the workplace about the best way to work. Virtual and non-virtual book shelves are littered with advice and guidance on how to work out in the gym; what's the best way to build muscle etc. But analogues for the best way to build intellectual muscle are pretty much MIA. Any gym rat know that the muscle grows when it's resting and that more is typically less when thinking about a work out schedule. But in the workplace more is still more to most managers and their Stockholme Syndrome affected underlings. Schwartz's piece reads to me like a dispatch from the Department of Common Sense. Unfortunately, the DoCS has had it's budget cut in recent times and the folks working there don't get much love from the top brass. Shame. I guess this has to be a grass roots thing and folks have to Ghandi it up; i.e. be the change they want to see. Good on you Tony!.

 


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