There’s been quite an evolution in one Office lately.
One member of the White House new-media team came to work on Tuesday, right after the swearing-in ceremony, only to discover that it was impossible to know which programs could be updated, or even which computers could be used for which purposes. The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing. The team was left struggling to put closed captions on online videos.
Do you have to be sooooo techno-fluent? Maybe not. Should you surround yourself with people who are? Great leaders show they have the tendency to seemingly accomplish great acts alone. Often they rely on many individuals who have extreme proficiencies in areas they do not. Do you have to know how to do everything -probably not.
Should you understand the conversation about technology? Yes, it helps you participate in a meaningful way. This is why we have to ensure access for populations that are under-served.
And …[Obama Staff]…officials in the press office were prepared: In addition to having their own cellphones, they set up Gmail accounts, with approval from the White House counsel, so they could send information in more than one way.
What’s the real aversion to using technology strategically? What we may find is not that we dislike technology if we really think about it. If we think about who we can benefit by sharing information, this changes where we feel the resistance. We may feel it less internally; we may find that we are willing to endure more to help others.
It may be that some of us are far more discerning and critical of sub-par technologies.
All of us are no doubt using many successful technologies in our every day lives (and yes, I absolutely believe a book is a piece of technology so successful that very few people think about how successful it is).
Use discernment advantageously. Remind those of us who adopt too early and heap platitudes upon Pownce, “Hey, have you thought about why it won’t work?” Ah! So much better than, “I don’t get it.”
This does not abdicate personal responsibility; instead it requires our participation and collaboration.
Use your abilities to become part of the conversation; do not let your abilities become stagnant allowing yourself to be removed from the conversation.
We think, “Should the most powerful office in the world be among the technologically most proficient?” Watch the evolution we all must go through:
We must use the new tools; we must be mindful of tradition. We think, “If I’m not good at it, who is?” We think, “who will this benefit?” What else do we think?