How to turn a smart person into an idiot, in one easy step

I’ve talked about the effects of overload on the quality of work, and here are some great quotes that seem to agree:


Idiotic Workload

“You can turn a smart person into an idiot just by overworking him”

Prof. Peter Capelli, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania [via Fortune]


Overload precludes ability to plan strategically

In many companies, the work environment conjures up images of headless chickens running around aimlessly until they drop.

“… everyone is so focused on running flat-out to meet current goals that the whole company is unable to step back and think.”

Prof. Peter Capelli, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania [via Fortune]


Mutitasking reduces efficiency by 20% to 40%

“[multitasking is] costing a company as much as 20 to 40 percent in terms of potential efficiency lost”

David Meyer, Ph.D., Dept. of Psychology, University of Michigan [via CNN]

“To do two things at once, is to do neither.”

Publilius Syrus, Roman sage [via NPR]


The importance of being conscious?

And lastly, in support of my recent post on how to solve complex problems by harnessing the power of your subconscious:

“… although I do sometimes investigate conscious processes, I’m more and more inclined to draw the conclusion that consciousness is a pretty unimportant thing.”

Prof. Ap Dijksterhuis, Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam

 


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3 responses to “How to turn a smart person into an idiot, in one easy step

  1. These quotes can’t make it any more simple. The problem is, even once you understand just how much productivity you are losing by trying to do too much work, its still a hard practice to get out of.

  2. my consious is tired from thinking much about any problem and at the end i am always not able to solve it or take any decision

  3. Pingback: quote of the day: turning me stupid

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