Feb 4, 2013
What would happen if we turned off email?
Recently I had the opportunity to hear a lecture by Simon Sinek, a motivational speaker and management guru. I was fortunate afterwards to have Mr. Sinek join my Vistage group for lunch.
I asked him how he kept up with his email. I complained that I feel dissatisfied with my current state of continual connectedness and the associated time drain.
His response: “I turned my professional email off two years ago. Anyone that sends me an email gets an auto response stating that my reliance on email was limiting my growth and not allowing me to fully serve my constituents. If you would like to connect with me please call my office”.
Sinek went on to say that by his estimate 80% of the senders opt not to make the call, and he suggests the message was not important enough to warrant the extra step.
I’m now trying to personalize this and decide a strategy that works for me. Don’t be surprised if your email doesn’t get a reply. My office is on the 2nd Floor of the Annex and my extension is 5501.
I feel better already.