An overnight storm caused a power outage which really messed up our network server recently. As the IT guys scrambled to restore digital sanity as people arrived at work the morning after, I was surprised at the resultant atmosphere.
Folks emerged from office and desks disoriented, even angry, frustrated. The network, the email, the Internet connections; all so ubiquitous and seemingly necessary that their removal fundamentally altered the work environment.
Fascinatingly, people began to talk. Even this seemed hard, though. The face-to-face discussions, unplanned and unplugged, were all new. And strange. Some adapted poorly. Some adapted well.
The effective found the day invigorating. A gear-shift, one which stimulated creativity. The less-effective made excuses behind it, even began finger pointing.
Are we so chained to our laptops we are unable to function without them? Are our collective conversational skills so dulled by our addiction to keyboard we can't talk? Is our ability to make good business decisions blunted by this dependence to spreadsheets?
It all made me wonder.