Месечни архиви: February 2016

Getting the most out of conferences

Although ancient Romans and semi-modern Victorians differed greatly in their attitudes toward things such as morality and public behavior, they were precisely aligned in how they thought about travel: It was a good thing. In both cultures, travel was considered a critical ingredient of one’s personal and professional identity. Travel accelerated learning and expanded the mind. To be untraveled was considered to be akin to being uneducated.

I recently undertook a quick survey of how contemporary organizations view travel — or more specifically, conference attendance. Attitudes have vacillated in recent years, but personally, I like the idea of conferences. To be more precise, I believe great executives and great organizations can develop superior insight through strategic participation in a curated portfolio of conferences. 

Technology executives need to get out more

Alan Webber, the former editor of the Harvard Business Review and co-founder of Fast Company magazine, recalls that prior to the e-commerce era, bosses and managers would see their people at the water cooler and remonstrate, “Get back to your desk and get to work.” 

During the dot.com era, this bias toward a sedentary, nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic was displaced in many enterprises. Suddenly, executives who saw people working diligently at their desks were exclaiming, “What are you doing? Get out of here and go talk to somebody!” The presumption had shifted so that “work” was seen as gleaning in-person insights from customers and suppliers. 

Source Article from http://www.computerworld.com/article/3033915/it-management/getting-the-most-out-of-conferences.html