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When digital technology is misused, it’s not only a waste of company funds, it can highlight problems in communication within your team. It helps to think of your team or organization as a living system, because in many ways it really is.
“Digital nervous system is a phrase, popularly associated with Bill Gates of Microsoft, used to describe a vision for how the IT infrastructure of an enterprise could be analogous to the autonomic nervous system of a biological organism.”
Steve Ballmer attempted to explain the digital nervous system by saying the following:
If you think of the human body, what does our nervous system let us do? It lets us hear, see, take input. It lets us think and analyze and plan. It lets us make decisions and communicate and take action. Every company essentially has a nervous system: companies take inputs, they think, they plan, they communicate, they take action. The question is how does the nervous system in your company operate? Is the IT infrastructure really adding value?
“Every enterprise, whether it’s large or small, will need to have its information in digital form and be able to take advantage of that to streamline decision processes to draw more people to make decisions, whether it’s people inside the company, or partners, or suppliers. That the digital approach is the best way to do that in the information age.”
Also note: If poor communication habits pervade the workplace culture, digital communication tools will only amplify rather than improve current problems managing employees and the flow of information that is crucial to any organization’s functioning.
Good management focuses on providing tools, support, and structure that project teams will run with. Provide the tools — and then take a step back.
For any company to hope to survive, much less thrive in 2019, it means getting your business affairs in order before opening up shop. It means checking the pipeline, checking the power, checking the plumbing, making sure all systems are a go, and it is clean before you open the doors to the public.
Fortunately, in 2019 there are many apps and software that provide good plumbing and insurance for a healthy digital circulatory system.
Here are a few:
Have you ever considered introducing short breaks and meditation training right at the workplace? Some companies such as Lululemon begin their meetings with a 5-minute silent sitting.
You don’t have to go that far. There are plenty of meditation apps that can also help you cultivate that state of meditation right in your workspace. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a sound vacuum to be able to meditate. You can meditate sitting anywhere.
For more info on how to meditate and establish a regular practice, go here.
For a list of recommended meditation apps, go here.
Numerous studies and findings suggest that 5 minute breaks every 30 minutes or a 10-minute break every hour increases productivity. Called the Pomodoro technique, here’s a basic rundown:
Zapier has a blog recommending the best Pomodoro apps:
Focus Booster (Web, Windows, macOS, iOS, Android) for freelancers who work with multiple clients
PomoDoneApp (Web, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android) for using Pomodoro with a third-party task management app
KanbanFlow (Web) for combining Kanban and Pomodoro
Pomotodo (Web, Windows, macOS, Chrome, iOS, Android) for combining GTD® and Pomodoro
Marinara Timer (Web) for teams looking to complete pomodoros together
Be Focused (macOS, iOS) for simple task and time management on Apple devices
Tomatoes (Web) for motivating you to complete pomodoros
Engross (Android) for figuring out when you’re the most focused
Pomodoro.cc (Web) for people who are new to the Pomodoro Technique
Timerdoro (Web) for people who need multiple timers
Alternatives to Timer Apps