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Failed Impulse

- April 1, 2009 - 0 Comments

I still don’t have an iPhone…but I do still have that early iPAQ 3635 with the expansion sleeve that was all the rage. I have a passion for communication, technology and productivity. I really enjoy learning new technology and figuring out how it can best be applied to a given problem. As for the intersection of technology, communication and individual productivity, I am fascinated by the opportunities available to us today as it is literally an embarrassment of riches. The result of this however is that our biggest problem in this part of the world is NOT the lack of information but its how best to sift through it, quickly determine relevance and still get something done. Most people don’t understand enough about their own personal processes to truly evaluate the potential effectiveness of a given set of options or technologies. It is easy to be oversold on a gadget or tool that looks to be yet again the answer to a problem that you (as an individual or a company) just know that you have. So you buy it… And you get fired up for a period of time and perhaps some progress is made..but at some point, its gets difficult to maintain because the process was not accurately identified and/or considered before, during or after the impulsive decision. This little manifesto is true of myself as it for the many organizational decisions I have either participated in or been witness to. I have shelves of gadgets and software packages that represent a dire need I had at some point in time but that somehow failed to get worked into my process. As for the organization equivalent, I can see how often the true cost of a new technology may fail to be considered because the easy part is cutting the purchase order…the harder part is taking full consideration for the culture, infrastructure and shared objectives that can make or break a key project. I have been purposefully void of actual examples here. But how about you? What would you cite as your favorite ‘failed impulse’ either personally or organizationally? What has really worked for you? (Any GTD fans.. 😉 ?

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