Which is better, no digital information or lots of it? How about if you're a senior boss at a big company? This article in Fortune profiles seven big business bosses, including Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz, and Google Search Vice President Marissa Mayer. I think it's fascinating seeing how these guys work. Here's a summary:
Early morning status report by voicemail
Three daily newspapers
25 site visits a week
Secret weapon... coffee. No shit.
800 emails a day
Wireless laptop or Blackberry on constantly
14-hour email sessions on weekends
Digital task list
Secret weapon... information overload. Again, no shit.
I suppose this should be obvious from an old-school CEO, but I just can't imagine it - Starbucks' boss Shultz works without email! He gets his status reports on voicemail and dashboards, and manages through constant calls and site visits. Google's Mayer on the other hand 'revels in information', with constant wifi up and running, marathon email sessions on weekends, and around 6,000 emails a week!? WTF! Horses for courses of course.