2d3b85aHave you ever thought about how many times every day your thought process was interrupted because of technology? You know, all those apps designed to keep you connected 24×7? I see it happen all the time. The phone in your pocket is like a magnet. Every five seconds it is in front of your face while you answer an email, (or 100 emails), answer a text text message, or surf any number of your favorite social media apps, websites, or even play games. All of this happens on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet and mobile device, and is causing a signal to noise ratio that affects your work. Watch out, it could lead to risky business down the road.

When the signal to noise ratio becomes alarmingly high, the result can prevent a manager from having a clear mind. High-interaction levels with technology and apps may prevent accurate strategic thinking and planning. All of these critical business components are at risk of failure when managers fail to see potential negative affects.

Is it possible the technology and apps that are sometimes innovative in their own right are increasing the signal to noise ratio with managers? If your signal to noise ratio is alarmingly high, how do you expect yourself, your team and your company to innovate successfully? – I honestly don’t know the answer to that. However, I do know the opposite could be unnovation, and I think we all know where that leads.

If and when you get to the point of high signal to noise ratio as a manager, innovation planning and direction can also be at risk. When that occurs, the stability, productivity and future growth plans of your company become uncertain. In my opinion, business leaders need to think about how to manage their teams using apps on all devices. This includes everyone, yes, even the managers themselves. After all, you don’t want your personal technology habits to get in the way of a great strategic plan. This could mean the signal to noise ratio is so high that it raises a red flag warning informing you that risky business is ahead.

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