Please Don’t Email Me – Let’s Talk

Maybe it was just a matter of time, but it looks like email may be falling under its own weight.  Take a look at your inbox.  Do you pride yourself in having all those important messages just waiting for your witty and pithy responses, or are you just impressed with the scope and depth of your importance in the age of the Internet?  Or maybe you are just fooling yourself and others?  Something will be getting done in the long run, but I think you may be losing something else in the process.  You may actually be able to get more done, more efficiently by returning to the days of meeting face-to-face, or talking on a phone of any kind.  Not to mention honing your interpersonal skills in the process, if that is important to you?

“Email sometimes tricks us into feeling efficient, but it rarely is.  Because it’s asynchronous, and because there are no limits to space and time, it often leads to endless, pointless ruminations.”  If decision-makers had ditched email and just held a 15 minute meeting, members of the campaign (presidential) could have hashed out some decisions more quickly in private.  “In other words, limits often help.  Get on the phone, make a decision, ditch your inbox.  The world will be better off for it.”

In the words of one security expert, in light of the hacked world we live in: “If you have something sensitive to say, you’re going to use the phone or walk down the hallway.”

Ray Myers


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