Background information on the topic "Managing the flood of information"

The amount of information and its speed of transfer is constantly increasing. The necessity of standing one’s ground amidst this flood of facts is both a challenge and an imposition. It is necessary for specialists and managers to use optimal communication channels and to maintain a only a necessary and relevant information base. Even more necessary, however, is the ability to set priorities and get on top of filtering and selection processes.

“Get it down in black and white,” is an old saying. In an age of media diversity and digital communication channels, this means having a good overview of high-quality sources of information out there, knowing their essential structures and working with them. Both fast reading and efficient selection criteria are essential working techniques that help us to withstand the flood of information and to use it for our own purposes. Furthermore, it makes sense to explore individual ways of resisting the onslaught and innovative alternatives in order not to lose orientation in the sea of information and knowledge.

If apps, RSS and other elements can be used to quickly provide certain Internet pages or new information, they can seduce us into continuous use and thus become a time-wasting factor. Short messages, e-mails and other electronic information offer fast communication possibilities and suggest instant accessibility as well as an immediate exchange. If users allow themselves to be accessible at any time of the day or night, an individual stress and a time-wasting factor emerges that is difficult to eliminate.

Dealing with the flood of information and electronic media is not only sensible with regard to its efficient use, but also with regard to creating a constructive approach in daily life and work.

The Management Institute Dr. A. Kitzmann offers seminars on dealing with the flood of information both as open events and in the form of in-house training.

Author: Management Institute Dr. A. Kitzmann

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