I Do Not Understand Reality: Or, The Latest in Tools for Business Meetings

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Good Evening:

A simple question, given in the caption:

Can You Identify the Most Important Business Tool in This Picture?

Can You Identify the Most Important Business Tool in This Picture?

No, no, no, not the pen, not the paper–good heavens, who still uses those things in this iPad era? The most important business tool in this picture is the “hairy” rubble ball.

We had a three-hour meeting today (most such gatherings in my department only last about 30-45 minutes). At the start of the meeting, the leader presented us with her collection of toys and directed us–yes, directed us–to pick one and play with it during the discussion. I do give her credit for ingenuity. You see, if you play with a yo-yo, tennis balls, or this red and gold critter (San Francisco 49er colors, how could I resist?), you can still pay attention to the conversation, participate and learn. If you play with your iPhone, you can’t pay attention to anything else; it presents too great a distraction.

So there I sat, playing with my iPhone’s camera, photographing my hairy rubber critter.

I’m not certain her plan worked on me.

Vonn Scott Bair

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