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What’s wrong with my technology team… and how did they get this way??

I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker on the Women’s Power Circle call last night.  (Thank you Michele!)

There are so many really good topics of conversation for the use of technology in a direct selling business, but I chose to talk about how to improve communications with your internal technology team or with your vendor.   I tried to put a good business spin on the subject so no one glazed over with too much “geek speak”.  Hope I hit the mark.

Thanks for the great reception ladies!

Here is the presentation….

(The Women’s Power Circle is a networking group of women executives in the Direct Selling industry.  Leveraging their combined experience, they work together to build stronger and more successful companies.  Once a month they have a guest speaker on various topics of current or critical interest for the industry.  (If you would like to join, please email Michele McDonough at mmcdon4946@aol.com or request membership on Facebook.)

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Geek Upgrade

Sometimes I can’t believe my own “geekiness”.

Technology continues to present opportunities to improve the quality of life. This one is arguable as to exactly how much value and time savings it provides, but you decide.

Check out my latest purchase. This thing is the coolest!

Paying the Bills (not.)

Paying the Bills (not.)

The Process

1.  Sat down to pay bills (ugh.)

2. Opened the computer and scanned email.

3. Saw some interesting Linkedin updates and clicked over to check.

4. Saw an interesting Twitter from an interesting person on Linkedin so clicked over to check that.

5. Twitter had an interesting reference to a cool iPad app… of course now have to go check that.

6. Open iPad and download the app. (Flipboard)

7. Read an article on Flipboard about the top ranked iPad apps for the week.  (All games…blah….)

8. Read an article on top ranked Android apps for the week.  (AHA!)

9. Find a new “must have” Android app.

10.  Use Google Goggles on the Android to take a picture of the bar code from the article on the iPad (yes…using Android to take a pic of the iPad screen.  Feels deliciously sacrilegious.)

11.  App immediately is found and directly downloaded to the Android (COOL!)

12. Now running the app (Antennas) on the phone to identify the location of all cell towers in my vicinity.

Summary: 

That was the COOLEST PROCESS EVER!!! 

But…..  was all that necessarily a good thing?  What did I really accomplish other than getting distracted from my original goal of paying the bills?   Will I ever get that wasted time back?  Will I actually pay my bills before I run out of time?  Does this speak to my inability to focus on a task at hand and the easy way I am compelled to participate in and to even relish any distraction?  I seriously have to consider whether this is a perfect example of what causes my younger staff members to be so constantly distracted and unable to accomplish even some of the simplest things.  And if that’s really the case, how do you harness the power of this multi-tasking, distracted behavior and use it for being productive and generally creating “good” in the world?  

So coming back around, it just begs the philosophical question…is this “technical gadgetry and social media” stuff, really such a good thing in our lives?  Does it improve productivity in any way?

Thinking long and hard.  My bills are on autopay.  So yes.  This is DEFINITELY THE COOLEST THING EVER!!  😉