March 28, 2011 - Are you at technology's beckoned call whenever an email pops in, a text message alerts, or a call vibrates? Do you know others who are at its whim making it challenging, a distraction or an annoyance to you in the process? Do you sometimes feel as though technology has made life more demanding versus easier? Just like any good thing, when taken to the extreme it ceases being productive and can quickly be destructive. And when it shifts from being an asset to an addiction, it is time to assess why and get back on track.
Take an MM&I Moment to ask yourself why you react to technology the way that you do. If you are the one at its beckoned call, what is the reason? Is it because it makes you feel needed or important? Is it because you feel an obligation or urgency that stimulates you in an unexpected way? If you are being affected by someone else placing their technology ahead of anyone else whenever it chimes in, how does it affect you in your attitude towards that person? Once you understand the reason behind your responses, you can then better put it into perspective as it relates to how effective you are or someone else is actually being. Then take control of your technology rather than it controlling you so that it can be the productivity tool it was meant to be.
Synergized Quote of the Week
"There's a lot that can be done for people who are using technology in better ways." - Bill Gates
Savvy Secret Tip of the Week
How are you leveraging technology to improve your business, identify opportunities or better service your customers? Whenever you are adding technology to your business, ask yourself what it will ultimately reap in improving your ability to serve, save or make better decisions. Investing in technology simply to be on the cutting edge means nothing if you don't know what edge it is going to give you in empowering productivity, establishing preference or reinforcing your difference.
"LOW COST, NO COST MARKETING" ON APRIL 13TH IN SALISBURY: I will be the guest instructor for the class, "Low Cost, No Cost Marketing" being offered through the Rowan Cabarrus Community College Small Business Center to be held on April 13th from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. in downtown Salisbury's Plaza Building. For more information or to register, contact Barbara Hall at 704.216.3534 or email@example.com. You can also register online at by CLICKING HERE.
"LOVING WORK, LIVING LIFE" ON APRIL 19TH: I have the pleasure of addressing the NC Dietetic Association Annual Meeting & Expo in Winston Salem as the luncheon keynote speaker on April 19th. I look forward to helping its members and attendees shift from the frustrating, guilt-ridden pursuit of work/life balance to the energizing and empowering realization that comes from work/life synergy. The Expo is taking place at the Twin City Quarters Embassy Suites.