Assistants and moral hazard
Speaking of Google, I've been reading Ken Auletta's history of the company, which includes this passage in which Larry Page explains why he doesn't have an assistant:
"The amount of time it takes me to actually schedule is not very high because of Google Calendar. ... Also, it's actually allowed me more time. People are willing to ask an assistant: 'Will Larry come and talk at this thing?' But if they have to actually e-mail me about it, they think twice. It's not that anybody in the company can't e-mail me. It's that they realize they shouldn't be using my time that way."
| November 30, 2010; 11:30 AM ET
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