June 2012

The Flight from Conversation

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading is “The Flight from Conversation”by Sherry Turkle.  The article appeared in the April 21, 2012 edition of the New York Times.  Professor Turkle is a psychologist and Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT.  She is the author of a number of books including “Alone Together:  Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.”  If you’d like to hear Professor Turkle speak on this subject, check out her TED talk at <

To-Do Lists Don’t Work

By: Jim Bruce
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Recently Daniel Markovitz wrote “To-Do Lists Don’t Work” for the Harvard Business Review blogs.  I found the posting to be a good discussion of why we all wrestle with making our to-do lists work and decided to share it as today’s Tuesday Reading.  Markovitzis president of TimeBack Management and the author of A Factory of One.

He argues that to-do lists inevitably set us up for failure and frustration for five reasons:

Go to Lunch and Clean Out Your Inbox

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s Reading, “Go to Lunch and Clean Out Your Inbox,” was originally written as a weekly reflection by Stephen Kemp.  Stephen is the Coordinator for Help Desk Services at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s College of Veterinary Medicine.