Information Bombardment: Rising Above the Digital Onslaught

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Information Bombardment provides proven, real-world solutions for proactively managing the onslaught of information we face each day both in and out of the office.

Dr. Nick Bontis weaves humor and personal stories with industry best practices and uses a simple framework of multilevel analysis to show you how to transform this real threat to productivity into an inimitable and sustainable competitive advantage for you and your organization. By teaching you how to work smarter, not harder, Dr. Bontis essentially gives you back your time. It is nothing short of amazing.

It's Time to Work Smarter, Not Harder!

o Improve your ability to sort through all of the e-mails, tweets, posts, instant messages, Web sites and other digital items that overload you

o De-stress your life so that you can eliminate information-induced pressure, stress, anxiety, fear and other health-related problems

o Reprioritize and simplify your informational sources so you can accelerate productivity and lift performance to higher levels

o Speed up innovation through increased collaboration among your team members, colleagues and other stakeholders

o Achieve industry-leading competitiveness by harvesting the full intellectual capital potential of your organization

o Leverage key learning insights to stay ahead of the technological challenges that will face knowledge workers in the future

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Dr. Nick Bontis is a world-class keynote speaker, a leading academic researcher, an internationally sought-after management consultant, a popular TV and radio personality and an award-winning, tenured professor of strategic management at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He is one of the world s most cited authors and a leading expert in the fields of intellectual capital and knowledge management. Having amassed over a dozen prestigious teaching and research awards, he was recently recognized as a 3M national teaching fellow, an exclusive honor bestowed only upon the top professors in the country. He was recently ranked as one of the Top 30 Management gurus world-wide.

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Bontis offers a broad overview of the information explosion and intelligent advice on how to avoid being suffocated by it ... entertaining and instructive ... thorough, practical and optimistic stress relief for the info deluged. As a technophile, Bontis feels the pain of those suffering from the excessive, indiscriminate need to consume today s flood of information because he knows that information contains knowledge and in our knowledge-worker economy, knowledge is what we have to sell as employees. Still, too much information can be debilitating physically, emotionally and in our social and familial lives. The trick is to filter the important stuff from the noise.

Bontis, who writes in what is essentially a comfortable speaking voice, takes a leisurely and anecdotal approach to the issue of information bombardment. He paints the historical and technological background of the problem; draws attention to its manifestations on individual, group, organizational and institutional levels; provides numerous examples of his points; and then tenders quality prescriptions to control and facilitate the gathering of applicable knowledge.

Readers could simply jump to the last few chapters for Bontis toolkit, but his tour of the information highway is entertaining and instructive, gently meandering into neuroanatomy, Anglophonic pitfalls and more at one point offering a dramatization of how a car crash might play out in the techno-soaked future as he explores the reasons behind such knowledge-management snafus as the response to Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. In essence, we need to refine the amount and type of information pulled to us and pushed toward us at every instance .... Choosing which information arrives at your mental desktop is a conscious choice.

He achieves his goal through a combination of software and social networking. The software includes e-mail-rule wizards, push alerts that garner targeted information and Wikinomics tools. He combines these with the human interactions of knowledge cafes (something like show-and-tell), knowledge auctions (rewards for sharing information) and alumni networks to keep all that accumulated knowledge capital in the flow after retirement. As a final piece of advice, he suggests learning to speed read. Thorough, practical and optimistic stress relief for the info deluged. --Kirkus Discoveries

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