When it comes to technology, I am what's known as a "late adopter". I still use a leather-bound dayplanner instead of a palm pilot. My cell phone has the absolute minimum number of features possible. I upgrade software on my computer at the last possible moment and usually under protest. I have never bought into the notions that newer is better than old, and faster is better than slow. And my blog...well you can see I haven't adopted the latest techniques for creating a sassy, eye-catching blog (by the way, those are coming...but I'll be doing for the readers and not just for the sake of using new technology!
My reluctance to move faster in a "Fast Company" world was gratified when I saw When 110 Percent is Too Muchon the MSN Careers page. Anthony Balderrama writes about how the pressure to excel (something I referred to in an earlier posting as business porn) has created business practices that range from counter-productive to downright silly. I especially liked the example of BlackBerrys that he gave:
"I used to use [a BlackBerry] when it first came out around the year 2000," remembers Victor Cheng, ... "I was working, thinking about work nearly 24/7 -- routinely replying to my CEO at midnight because he too was using his 'crack-berry.' Now that he's left that job and is the president of his own company, a BlackBerry is on his list of forbidden workplace items. He understands how much you can do with a few keystrokes of a smartphone, but he doesn't think anything substantial comes from them.
"As the chief decision maker of my company, getting out another e-mail rarely makes or breaks a company ... but blowing a big decision because I was continually getting interrupted by a [BlackBerry] is stupid. Achieving big results is about getting a few important things done right -- not about getting more little things done."
The key, of course, is identifying what those "few, important things" to get right, are. I should probably get off the computer now, and reflect on that question for my own business!