Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

October 31, 2011

By Jean Radish

(Also known as: Social Media Comes to Project Management)

When I was a kid, the best part of Halloween was sitting on the living room floor with my older brother and 2 younger sisters, our treasure pile of candy from the evening’s haul spread out in front of each of us, bargaining and trading for our individual favorite candy. Now of course we each had a stash not included in the big trade…oh, wait, maybe I was the only one who did that…well, let’s come back to this in a bit.

Since that time, I’ve grown up, don’t really do the Halloween costume thing, still have (and eat) my favorite candy (sharing most of the time). I’ve become a project manager in an internet marketing agency, and…oh yeah…I am a baby boomer. Barely a baby boomer, but a boomer just the same.
It’s the Halloween season and these memories of Trick or Treat have me thinking about how social media tools are the new treats of project management, and in fact, there’s really nothing to be afraid of. Read the rest of this entry »


The Lost Art of Boredom

May 16, 2011

By Lisa S. Burroughs

I’m so bored!

We have all said that a lot as children, right before our parents shooed us outside to play or threatened us with housework to alleviate our condition.

When was the last time you were bored? I can say quite confidently that I have not been bored in years. Is this a good thing? With all the options for constant stimulation available to us, boredom has become an extinct creature that didn’t have a reason to exist in the first place, like that bird that couldn’t fly. Good riddance.

Digital activities like texting, checking your social networks, refreshing your RSS feed, reading email, playing games, and checking in at your current location have the power to fill every second of your day, including those seemingly wasted seconds between other tasks. I’m not going to give you hard statistics on how much time we spend online via our desktops, laptops or mobile devices because we all know it is way too much and it culminates to an overwhelming cacophony of noise and information known as digital overload (DO). Read the rest of this entry »

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