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ISBN-13: 978-0986794506 ISBN-10: 0986794503

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Bontis offers a broad overview of the information explosion and intelligent advice on how to avoid being suffocated by it ... entertaining and instructive ... thorough, practical and optimistic stress relief for the info deluged. As a technophile, Bontis feels the pain of those suffering from the excessive, indiscriminate need to consume today s flood of information because he knows that information contains knowledge and in our knowledge-worker economy, knowledge is what we have to sell as employees. Still, too much information can be debilitating physically, emotionally and in our social and familial lives. The trick is to filter the important stuff from the noise.

Bontis, who writes in what is essentially a comfortable speaking voice, takes a leisurely and anecdotal approach to the issue of information bombardment. He paints the historical and technological background of the problem; draws attention to its manifestations on individual, group, organizational and institutional levels; provides numerous examples of his points; and then tenders quality prescriptions to control and facilitate the gathering of applicable knowledge.

Readers could simply jump to the last few chapters for Bontis toolkit, but his tour of the information highway is entertaining and instructive, gently meandering into neuroanatomy, Anglophonic pitfalls and more at one point offering a dramatization of how a car crash might play out in the techno-soaked future as he explores the reasons behind such knowledge-management snafus as the response to Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. In essence, we need to refine the amount and type of information pulled to us and pushed toward us at every instance .... Choosing which information arrives at your mental desktop is a conscious choice.

He achieves his goal through a combination of software and social networking. The software includes e-mail-rule wizards, push alerts that garner targeted information and Wikinomics tools. He combines these with the human interactions of knowledge cafes (something like show-and-tell), knowledge auctions (rewards for sharing information) and alumni networks to keep all that accumulated knowledge capital in the flow after retirement. As a final piece of advice, he suggests learning to speed read. Thorough, practical and optimistic stress relief for the info deluged. --Kirkus Discoveries

About the Author

Dr. Nick Bontis is a world-class keynote speaker, a leading academic researcher, an internationally sought-after management consultant, a popular TV and radio personality and an award-winning, tenured professor of strategic management at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He is one of the world s most cited authors and a leading expert in the fields of intellectual capital and knowledge management. Having amassed over a dozen prestigious teaching and research awards, he was recently recognized as a 3M national teaching fellow, an exclusive honor bestowed only upon the top professors in the country. He was recently ranked as one of the Top 30 Management gurus world-wide.
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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Intellectual Capital Research (April 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986794503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986794506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,570,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Nick Bontis is the world's leading expert on intellectual capital and its impact on performance.

He helps organizations leverage their most important intangible asset for sustainable competitive advantage. Nick has been immersed in the field since 1991 when a cover story in Fortune magazine, titled "Brainpower", changed the course of his life. Risking a secure future, Nick left a promising banking career to pursue a PhD in the field. His ground-breaking doctoral dissertation went on to become the #1 selling thesis in Canada. At a relatively young age, his accomplishments thus far could fill a volume.

As a professional speaker, Nick has delivered keynote presentations on every continent for leading organizations in both the private and the public sector. His dynamic, high energy presentations provide personal and team recommendations for improving individual and organizational effectiveness leaving audiences with the tools, inspiration and impetus to accelerate performance. His customized programs are a mix of practical managerial tools, rigorous academic research, strategic consulting, entertaining humour and a blast of youthful exuberance.

As an academic, "Nicky B" (as he is known by his students) is an award-winning tenured professor who delivers enlightening content with energy that virtually zings off the walls when he steps into a room. He currently teaches business strategy to undergraduates, knowledge management to MBAs, and advanced statistics to PhD students at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He has won over 12 major teaching awards and the faculty researcher of the year twice. Maclean's magazine has rated him as one of McMaster's most popular professors for six years in a row! TVO recognized him as one of the top 10 lecturers in Ontario. OUSA and OCUFA awarded him Ontario's top professor. He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in the country!

Nick earned his PhD from the prestigious Ivey Business School, U. of Western Ontario where he received the top scholastic achievement award. He also won a Canadian silver medal in the running long jump, with a remarkable leap of seven and half metres - that's nearly 25 feet! Nick also competed on the UWO varsity men's soccer team receiving both MVP and leading goal scorer honours. As an athlete, Nick received national all-star status and several high-profile awards all while performing in the UWO symphony band as a euphonium player.

As a consultant, Dr. Bontis is the Director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research - a leading strategic management consulting firm. His services have been sought after by leading organizations such as the United Nations, Microsoft, Health Canada, Royal Bank, Telus, Accenture, Enmax, Manulife, Mitsubishi, United Way the US Navy and IBM. Tom Stewart, former Editor of the Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine recognizes him as a "pioneer and one of the world's real intellectual capital experts". Nick is also on the Advisory Board of several organizations including a variety of educational-based institutions designing and implementing executive development programs across the country.

As a writer, Nick is Associate Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Capital, and has won international acclaim for his leading edge research papers, books and management cases. He is ranked as one of the most cited authors on intellectual capital in the world. As an entrepreneur, Nick is Chief Knowledge Officer of Knexa Solutions - the world's first knowledge exchange and auction software solutions company, based in Vancouver. Dr. Bontis also draws on his wealth of practical, hands-on business experience. He started his career at Human Resources Development Canada and later at KPMG. He then moved on to work for several years at CIBC Securities Inc. in a variety of areas including marketing, securities analysis, recruitment, strategy and software development. He received the CIBC Chairman's Award for outstanding contribution to the bank.

With his unique combination of substance and sizzle, Nick is guaranteed to ignite, entertain and enlighten audiences, empowering them with both the tools and the inspiration to perform at a higher level of accelerated performance. He currently resides in Ancaster, Ontario with his wife Stacy and their three young children Charlie, Dino and Tia Maria.

For Information Bombardment website: www.InformationBombardment.com
For speaking website: www.NickBontis.com
For media website: www.youtube.com/NickBontisMedia



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerald B. Blanton on May 5, 2011
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Dr. Bontis' book is well worth the read. He encourages the reader to consider the magnitude of information available in today's high-tech world and how the keep from drowning in data. In addition, his writing style is easy to follow and succinct. I would highly recommend the book to any executive who feels overwhelmed by today's technology.

Dr. Jerry Blanton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lrose on April 15, 2011
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I found 'Information Bombardment - Rising above the digital onslaught' by Nick Bontis, PhD to be informative, personal, detailed and helpful. I enjoyed how candid Bontis wrote about his own struggle with too much information and I could relate to the love affair with technology and 'needing' to be connected all the time.

I found the individual, organizational and institutional prescriptions to be the most informative part of the book because I took out the recommendations and inserted them into my day to day activities at home and at work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SocialGuru on April 16, 2011
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This book gives specific solutions to handling information overload - which can stifle the knowledge worker ability to succeed in today's environment of cheap content that provides little value and high overhead to handle. The author gives action plans to sort information sources and ways to increase the ability to handle content that is not critical. Just implementing two of the rules has saved 15 minutes from my daily routine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Serenko on May 17, 2011
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This is a very insightful book that takes you on an entertaining journey through the world of knowledge management. I can practically see Nick teaching his MBA students while reading this book. It is very enjoyable and provides many action items that you can follow to work smarter instead of harder.
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Nick has written a book that is highly accessible, thoroughly engaging, and wonderfully illuminating. He takes us on a provocative tour of the information universe. He effectively charts the pervasive and universal impact which the relentless flow of information is having on our harried lives. The practical prescriptions he advances, are a welcome restorative towards achieving better balance, success, and mastery of our lives.

Bryan Elliot Davis,
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The Kaieteur Institute for Knowledge Management
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