I am ½ way through a VERY long business trip. My wife and kids are in survival mode. It isn’t often I am gone for 11 days straight.
Least to say, my middle son is not taking the break from daddy very well. I was heartbroken to hear him crying on the phone yesterday morning asking if I was coming home and if I was back from the other side of the world? So I decided to get my tech savvy business skills working in my favor. I am used to working email, blackberrys, video, presentations, web meetings and good old phone services to stay connected to co-workers around the world, so why not for the family?
Multi-mode knowledge workers are the sign of the times and I guess the interactions with family are going to get just as creative. Why rely on just the phone when so many other channels are available? Flat world here I come!
I sent Landon a short 15 second video of me talking to him this AM and my wife said he loved it. In fact, he seemed to be upset I addressed him in the video and not his brother and sister! I created a video to ALL three before I boarded the plane to Australia. I am sure the people around me in the concourse think I am crazy…but who really cares. I won’t see them again.
I think we will try a web meeting with a bit of video once I touchdown.