Old School is the Best School
I’m now at a point in my life where technology has been adopted and changed to the point I can no longer keep up. I’ve figured out that when this happens, all you need to do is to declare that you’re “old school” and then everything’s fine. In this manner, people actually think I can use technology really well, but am just choosing to do things the old way. I totally have them all fooled.
Truth be told, technology and the improvements we’ve made in communication and the sharing of information is a wonderful thing. The speed in which information flows between parties today is simply awesome, and the old school way of doing things often pales in comparison.
Generally speaking, new school is much, much better.
There is one area, however, where I genuinely prefer the old school method, and that is meetings with employees and colleagues. Whenever possible, I prefer to meet people face-to-face. I also hate texting and would always rather talk to someone on the phone or even leave them a message. That in and of itself is a discussion for another article.
Meeting someone in person increases the intimacy of the interaction and allows communication to flow more easily and freely. I love to be with a person face-to-face, so I can read their body language and understand their tonality. This is much harder to do over Skype or on the phone. Don’t get me wrong: I use both of these tools as needed, but for me, face-to-face is better.
In addition, I’ve been trying to meet many of my people for lunch, coffee or even a beer. (The beer meetings are the best!) Casual places where you can have a conversation and eat/drink together allow for deeper conversations. I’ll admit I don’t know why having a coffee in front of you allows meetings to be more thoughtful and transparent, but it does. There’s some strange power to it.
I do realize a face-to-face meeting is not always possible. In fact, I think that a video meeting like Skype is far better than a simple conversation over the phone. And the phone is better than email or text. There’s clearly an order of intimacy priority. I generally desire my leaders to meet face-to-face with their people on a quarterly basis at minimum. You’ll need to figure out what works best for your company.
If you want to increase the camaraderie and intimacy of relationships with your employees, put down the phone and meet in person. If you can, invite them out to lunch or for coffee.
Or better still, meet them out for a beer. Or two.
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