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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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CHAPTER 39

TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTIVITY

It is amazing that leaders in the past achieved anything. They had no productivity tools. No internet, PowerPoint, smart phone at work, or washing machine, vacuum cleaner or dishwasher at home. If you find yourself in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, the nearest market will be a one day walk away. No roads, no vehicles: you carry your coffee crop on your back.

And yet some of the greatest leaders are heroes from the deep past: Julius Caesar, Suleiman the Magnificent, Genghis Khan. They all achieved greatness without the help of the latest technology. So does technology help or hinder a leader?

At first sight, technology helps. We can produce more work, get more information, travel further and stay in touch ...

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