Our leaders, managers, and employees here in Alabama and across the United States too connected? As leaders and managers, everyone carries a briefcase filled with laptop, second monitor, batteries, plugs and tablet. Everyone has a cell phone, from a ‘Droid to BlackBerry. At the airport we place our leather or canvas “appliance store” in the gray tray as we pass through security, often forgetting the Bluetooth still in our ear.
We are constantly updated and often overwhelmed with information by devices tethered to life in in the super-fast lane. The pace of innovation, for the social communication tools we need, is on the race track with both speed and effectiveness. Who can argue with pulling off to the side of the road and responding to an urgent e-mail or call? We are better because of it right? Tablets like the Kindle Fire and the iPad are becoming almost commonplace. Carrying a printed word newspaper in our briefcase is almost passé in in mid- 2013.
The problem is that everyone now has too much, too soon, and too quick. We almost are never unconnected, often using our phone as the traditional alarm clock. With the speed of innovation and information that exists today, although we are using electronics to make the organization better and more focused, we are also making things more complicated and more mistake-prone.
We sometimes send an e-mail to the wrong person, or worse, to entire groups of people. Our phone gets bumped and we call Mom at 2 a.m. by accident. In error, we can text critical information to the entire company rather than a department. We need a new plan of action that will slow us down.
Call a time out: Unplug at some time during the day and get away from the 24-7-365 forever pace we are always on.
Remember T.V. and radio: Watching television and listening to the radio for information are great changes of pace. Opening up a Dale Carnegie Leadership and Sales Classic is not a bad idea either.
Multi- tasking: We just have to think twice before we chat on the business phone, check e-mail on phone, while editing a Word doc on your desktop all at the same time.
Slow down for the information: Take the time to listen, build relationships and understand the message.
Winning friends and influencing people takes commitment and focus. Relationships and success simply go together. Leaving yourself to your own devices just might be the problem of the moment!
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