dont we just have it all at our
fingertips these days? Mobile telephony,
satellite monitoring, wireless go anywhere
connection, SMS and always on
email straight to our palm devices.
soloists, theres no excuse for failing
to stay in touch with our work
(and our clients) regardless of where
we are or when. The marketers
of course, would have us believe
this is all good.
disagree. Sure, some of it can be good
and at times it is very convenient, but
the worrying trend is that always available
may become the workplace norm.
quick glance at how these new services
are being marketed
and youll see imagery depicting
executives tapping away at the keyboard
while at the beach or in the garden. In
the distance we see friends and family
supposedly playing and communing happily.
is doing what they love. How nice.
now consider the reverse scenario: Friends
and family playing happily in the office
while you work. Do you reckon youll
get much done? Nope. Me neither. Youll
be distracted and certainly wont
be concentrating on your work.
with friends and family isnt a totally
passive past time. You need to participate
if you are to give and receive. Its
called being present. If youre
not joining in, all youre really
doing is moving the office to a new location
one where nothing terribly meaningful
look at other implications of the always
the good old days when you took a day
or two off and were pleasantly surprised
when everything ran smoothly in your absence?
The times when your clients and associates
rose to the challenge of management
and showed themselves much more capable
than you had given credit?
would anyone risk making a decision about
anything now, when youre just a
the other hand, if you want to make every
micro decision (er, control freak!) then
carry on, youre doing just fine.
some soloists may quite rightly say that
being always available and in-touch is
wonderful for their business,
a survey on our site suggested over 72%
of you would be more than happy if a surprise
law banned mobile phones. Chances are
partners and friends are sure to agree!
answer to this is not that complex. Being
available can most certainly be good,
but we have to establish boundaries with
our colleagues and clients.
you dont stay in control of your
involvement in your business, youll
forever be its prisoner.
doesnt sound like a good recipe
for loving your work does it?
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