I enjoy Ted Talks. I have watched hundreds of them. Up until now, the ones which pop up are the big inspirational leaders who have found multimillion dollar success.
This past weekend, I found myself watching Ted Talks from other countries. And beacuse I have done consitutional law reasearch for Indian based NGOS's, India; a land of awseome culture, resilienace, and personality, was a ripe focus for my foreign Ted Talk exploration
Some of Ted Talkers spoke about the history of the country compared to how it is now. Others talked about what it means to try to do business in the Western world while keeping the focus on preserving their heritage.
Nirmalya Kumar who is a professor at the London Business School talked about the "invisible innovation" coming out of India. Nav Bhatia had an amazing talk about changing perceptions which I found especially insightful and funny! You may know him as Toronto Raptor's Super Fan. He worked hard to simultaneously make money and make it his life's ambition to stop the knee-jerk reaction Sikhs have in the workplace.
The Common Thread: Those mentioned wanted to strike a balance between keeping their values and traditions, embracing technology for good, while attaining varying levels of financial freedom.
Trying to keep the balance of value, tradition, technology and moral releveance, many of us have had to shift our schedules and get less sleep while sacrificing relationships along the way. That sucks.
Some people are doing it all by themselves, and some while raising children as single parents. Side note, I ran into a lady at the grocery store this morning who is raising children by herself and she talked about the apps she had on her cell phone that kept her work and parenting schedules in check. A single mother leverging technology to improve her efficenicy, and enjoyment, as a parent.
And then there was the elderly gentleman behind me who had no interest in owning a phone and was quite content without technology. He said, "people don't talk to each other anymore".
Ah! My response was, "Are you content with that?"
He muttered under his breath, "...suits me fine."
Clearly it didn't suit him fine. Engagement is the foundation of survival. We built on the premis that group of people surive... and therein we subconsciously want to be included in a group. There are times that we evaluate things not based ont he merits, however based on the implications to our invlusion of a group.
Whether you are retired and seemingly content to not interact or if you are a small business person who desperately wants your business to grow, you have to find ways to carve out more time, be more efficient and be able to compete with the fast-paced world we live in...all while maintaining real-life interactions.
There is a natural tendency to avoid over evaluting value, tradition, technology and moral releveance, because we are not happy with the analytical resutls. There are options.
If you are a lawyer who is trying tto generate more revenue hours, you will soon find yourself losing clients unless you adopt technology. If you do adopt the technology your clients may still feel the need to interact with a face-to-face person who can ensure them it will all be fine! That is relationship building
There are many new tools on the market can be used for good and or evil. Where do you sit with you willingness to adopt tehcnology? Think about that for a second.
It really needs to start with having the right headspace where we view the technology as a way to attain our goals and keep our values.
If technology can help us manage our time better, not only can we pencil in half an hour for an actual face-to-face coffee with an estranged friend, but realize the great possibilities waiting for us.
I believe that the reason people don't talk to each other is not because of technology but because of lack of time and amount of stress. I love that these prominent Indian leaders reminded me of that.
"The biggest waste in humanity isn't food or water waste...it is the waste of human potential." ~Jagneet Singh