Consider that one way to keep your professional edge - is to do differently what the masses do. In today's electronic world, I'm sending more cards in the mail and calling more folks on the phone...just something for you to consider!
Thanks to Terry Starbucker for the article; it was in my Twitter feed - tweeted by @purplehayz
The One Leadership Secret That Will Never Involve A Mobile Device (or Any Computer)
We are living in an extraordinary era where digital communications has revolutionized the way we live, work, and play.
For those of us old enough to remember a world without “devices” or “portables”, the possession of all that computing
power and global reach in the palms of our hands is awe inspiring.
But yet it scares me, more and more with each passing day.
It scares me because I feel we are losing something from this big change – something that, from a leadership perspective, I believe is an absolute necessity to build a team that can (and will) move mountains.
This scary notion was compounded for me this morning when I read a great opinion piece by Sherry Turkle in the New York Times, “The Flight From Conversation”. Ms. Turkle has been studying the effects of our new uber-connected world for the last 15 years, and came to this conclusion:
Could we have picked all that up remotely with our great technology? I believe not.
9 years later, now that even more technological wizardry exists, the need for leaders to keep face-to-face conversation alive and well is paramount. Because there is something to be found there, something that is often the difference between success or failure, that cannot be duplicated. In Ms. Turkle’s words:
Yes, let us use these awesome digital tools, but don’t ever forget the one secret that will NEVER involve them.
Link to article source: http://www.terrystarbucker.com/2012/04/22/the-one-leadership-secret-that-will-never-involve-a-mobile-device-or-any-computer/
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