The biggest problem with virtual meetings is in our heads

The biggest problem with virtual meetings is how we think about virtual meetings. Why do people still find them hard? It’s time to accept our lot in life.


On throw-back Thursday, the first video conference was held in 1968 using AT&T’s Picturephone. Hmmm. That name never caught on.


I was sitting in monthly video conferences between Melbourne and Sydney in 1992.


Today, there are 12.9 million people using Zoom.


Six months into corona, the virtual struggle is neither about technology nor meetings.


When people are not operating in their preferred mode, they find a reason to revert, usually to what feels comfortable and familiar. Like ice-cream after a bad day at work.


Think about the humble spreadsheet. The tool of choice for accountants. Whenever you put in a new Finance system, many old and faithful spreadsheets persist.


Many of us have not yet accepted this new reality. We were hoping restrictions were short-lived.


Sadly, corona has made more comebacks than John Farnham.


So, how can we support the many employees still transitioning to an online, isolated workplace?


As a leader, the most helpful thing you can do to help shift people is model the behaviour you are expecting of others.


... and chillax with 🍦 sometimes!


Enjoy,


Bruce

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