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Corporate Adoption/Measurement of GTD-like Returns

Hello All,

I am a big believer in a lot of concepts talked about on this site--I've gotten a lot of personal benefit from them (thanks Merlin, et. al.). The Kool-Aid has been delicious.

My problem: the "big company" approach to the problems of today's knowledge worker is to prescribe tools--rather than helping people figure out how to use those tools. I see a lot of co-workers drowning in information ... they want help, but the corporation is hard-pressed to give it to them.

I've got an opportunity to talk to a senior exec about this--to basically propose that there are ways (be it GTD or Bit Literacy or whatever) we can help people be less stressed and more productive. I'm going to ask for some resources ($) to work on this problem, and I've done all the pro-forma modeling of what even 5 minutes gained and one less meeting a week would mean for the division (big $).

Proving this quantitatively, however, is really, really difficult. Do any of your have experience measuring the returns of Life Hacks? If not, do you have any ideas? I'm going the route of employee satisfaction, as I think that's one of the lagging indicators ... but that's probably not going to be enough.

Thanks for the great site!


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