When Smartphones Aren’t So Smart

Forbes contributor Kevin Kruse has just posted an article on “Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones into Meetings”. 

While Kruse’s first three points state the obvious (lack of respect, lack of attention, lack of listening), I found his fourth point the most interesting: lack of power.  As Kruse puts it, if you frequently check your phone, “You are like a modern day Pavlovian dog who responds to the beck and call of others through the buzz of your phone.”

The reason I always  wear a watch when I’m teaching a class or attending a meeting is so I can glance at the time (especially important when I am pacing a lesson), without “checking my phone.”   This works for me even if some people make fun of my anachronistic accessory!

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