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TECHNOLOGY: HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?


Recently a friend and I went over to the E. Slope of the Sierra to investigate a beautiful group of mountains called, aptly, the Sawtooth Range . At its pinnacle is Matterhorn Peak , at 12, 800 ft. We decided to hike up Blacksmith Creek to the glacial lake on the mountain's NE flank.

It was a steep, gnarly, nearly invisible trail through densely-spaced trees - ugly hiking. We got separated and actually lost each other for the first time in many years. After getting back together a few hours later, we decided that carrying those little 2-way radios might be a good idea next time. But there's a part of me that says, "How much technology is enough, both in the mountains and in the workplace?"

Here are some thoughts for you and your team.

• Don't be stubborn and totally resist new technology

• Don't always buy and use the newest technology (unless you like being the test case to work out the design flaws.)

• Do investigate and see if there is a real need for the technology and if the cost is right (it will be cheaper next year!)

• Use just enough technology so that there is room left for uncertainty, adventure and creativity

Back in the mountains the next day, we ascended Robinson Peak (13- mile round-trip, 3800 feet up, 13 hours on the trail. We were careful to keep each other in sight. And the view of the Sawtooth Range was tremendous.

In your workplace, scan the horizon for technology you and your team can use. It's a process of discernment. Most new technology can wait until tomorrow. Some of it you need right now.

Author: Bruce Johnsen Management Consultant:
824 Munras Ave Suite G
Monterey, CA 93940
831-373-5969
bruce@brucejohnsen.com

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