I audited my calendar and calculated an average of 25 hrs of meetings a week. Consequently, I was working 50-60 hrs a week to get everything done.
Then something strange occurred.
It went something like this (condensed):
- – We introduced an Enterprise Social Network (ESN).
- – Everyone had their own voice, their own ability to share.
- – I had my own voice, and a willingness to use it.
- – People understood better what I was up to; what I was interested in; how I could help.
- – I got more involved in those important, informal ‘corridor conversations.’
- – I began to Work Out Loud – especially in my team.
- – The team shared their work openly – we could follow along, support, critique (a)synchronously.
- – Because the team knew everything that we were working on, they could get involved in more high profile projects. We scaled the team.
- – The social relationships we grew allowed for more organic workflows, more incremental, iterative projects.
- – We developed an emergent process over a planned one.
- – Trust improved, more autonomy for us to act.
My meeting load reduced to 6-7 hr/wk; work week to 40 hrs.
Everyone is dealing with WFH, Zoom fatigue, the challenges of effective meetings and new workflows.
Brief story moral: use the tech, think about it harder.
This Much We Know.