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Unwinding the Personal Productivity Paradox

Posted by hkarner - 10. Juni 2019

Date: 09-06-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Irving Wladawsky-Berger

So much tech, so little time

The past 10 to 15 years have seen a number of technology advances, from smartphones to machine learning. Yet, despite these impressive advances, economies around the world have been stuck in an era of slow productivity growth. Opinions abound, but in the end, there’s no consensus on the causes of this apparent productivity paradox, on how long the slowdown will likely last, or on what to do about it.

Companies and industries are not the only ones trying to adjust to our fast changing digital economy. Individuals are also experiencing their own version of the productivity paradox.

In principle, the advent of smartphones, apps, and other major technologies should save us time and make our lives easier. But, as we well know, that’s not quite been the case. Article after article reminds us that thanks to the internet and smartphones, everybody is available all the time; that work can feel like a never-ending cycle of overflowing inboxes and urgent demands; that no matter how hard we work, we’re overloaded and overwhelmed because there’s far more to do every day than there is time to do it. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Boris Johnson threatens to hold back Brexit ‘divorce’ payment to force a deal

Posted by hkarner - 10. Juni 2019

Date: 09-06-2019
Source: The Guardian

Pledge comes as James Brokenshire backs former foreign secretary, while Ruth Davidson endorses Sajid Javid

Boris Johnson claims only he, as Tory leader, could defeat both Labour and the Brexit party.

Boris Johnson has vowed to withhold Britain’s £39bn Brexit “divorce” payment until the EU agrees better terms for the UK to leave.

Withholding the cash, scrapping the Northern Ireland backstop, guaranteeing the rights of all EU citizens in Britain while stepping up preparations for a No Deal “disruption” in the wake of no deal are among measures the government would carry out if he was elected leader of the Conservative party, he said.

Failure to deliver Brexit, with or without a deal, by the October 31 deadline threatened the Tory party’s very survival, he warned. He said he thought it “extraordinary” the UK agreed to write the so-called divorce cheque before having the final deal signed.

“I think our friends and partners need to understand that the money is going to be retained until such time as we have greater clarity about the way forward,” he said in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper. The money, he said, was a “great solvent and a great lubricant” in getting a good deal.

Johnson is an early favourite to win the Conservative Party leadership race. An opinion poll of grass roots party members by the ConservativeHome website on Saturday put Johnson in the clear lead at 43 per cent with Michael Gove second on 12 per cent. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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