Tag: Columns 2014 Creating Structure 2014

  • The Social Web: Narcissism and Voyeurism, Part II

    Last week, I posed the following questions in Part I of this column: How many people cannot truly engage in an outing because they are too busy posting what they are doing online? How much time is being lost at work with employees obsessively checking for updates online? What is this doing to our attention span, individually and collectively? The answers to the above questions are: 1.) Too many. 2.) Too much. 3.) Shortening it. After publishing Part I, I came across an article asserting that a certain smartphone was, in part, responsible for decreased workplace productivity. I make a different assertion. I do not blame a tool for its misuse. If we human beings are smart enough to create technologies that have the ability to improve our lives, we should be disciplined enough to use those tools in the right way.

  • The Social Web: Narcissism and Voyeurism, Part I

    “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail,” The quote is ascribed to psychologist Abraham Maslow and it is suggested that it has its roots in philosopher Abraham Kaplan’s law of instrument. The concept, as I interpret it, is that given a tool, we begin to find uses for it that go far beyond what it was intended for, slipping from use to overuse to misuse and abuse. Doing this, with frequency, can lead us to becoming narrow minded and, ultimately, self-limiting in the way we interact with society.

  • We Crave Structure, of the Right Kind

    We crave structure. Some of the best companies are renowned for creating structure which enhances the productivity, efficacy and satisfaction of their employees. Structure is of great importance. Without it we have chaos. Of course, having a structure that is overly rigid can decrease employee satisfaction and kill creativity. A true master of structure, whom I have known, was one of my primary school teachers. Unlike the teachers I had before her, she allowed us some degree of autonomy. We could move about our classroom. We could discuss projects with other students during class hours. However, she taught us to obey her orders to stop moving or talking, when she gave them. And obey we did.