I live in both real and virtual worlds. My job involves leading a culturally diverse team spread around the globe. Multiple time zones, languages and environments make the use of technology a must to be efficient and timely.
We all live the real world where we eat, sleep, exercise, and interact socially. These can often seem distinctly different from our work world of email, text, web meetings and collaboration centers. I was preparing to run in the Fairfield Half Marathon this morning and ran into a special group of entrepreneurs. There product is a cause – Log Out and Live™. It is hard to argue our kids need to get off their computers and go outside and play! The message of Log Out and Live is equally directed at adults. It reminds us of the importance of social interaction with actual people. Yes – they are using technology to spread their message. As a leader, it caused me to step back and consider the team interaction activities I create daily. Should some of my emails have been phone calls? Should some of my phone calls have been personal visits? Should some of my office meetings have been walks on the campus green?
Do you make decisions to avoid technology when appropriate? How do you balance the speed and time zone advantages of technology with the value of personal social interaction?