Ep 1. David Burkus: The Death of Email
"If you've got a smartphone, you are taking your work home every single night."
-- David Burkus
David Burkus is a bestselling author, successful podcaster, and professor at Oral Roberts University who challenges traditional ways of conducting business. David’s previous book was The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. His most recent is Under New Management: How Leading Organizations are Upending Business as Usual. Both books encourage organizations to make significant changes to improve performance.
Stew spoke with David about Under New Management and the new practices being implemented worldwide. Pay special attention when they talk about innovative email practices, company vacation “non-policies,” and the new trends towards open work spaces. The biggest take away for listeners in this episode is that you have more control over how work gets done than you might think.
Show Notes (times when new topics start)
1:22. About Under New Management. David talks about the motivation for writing his new book and the methodology he used to arrive at its 13 innovative management practices.
5:02. Email policies and practices. People struggling with overwhelming email interruptions should listen to these useful tips.
13:53. No vacation policy? Netflix introduced an innovative company vacation non-policy with great success.
18:52. Open versus closed work spaces. What is the optimal workplace environment for 21st century knowledge workers?