Thursday, August 24, 2006
I haven't posted much this week, because I've been engaged in some offline discussions that have been rich & meaningful. I tell you that because I've been thinking over the past couple of years about communication & intimacy, especially as it pertains to email. We have a problem in our organization (and if my conversations with friends and family are any indication, we aren't the only ones) that people assume that email is the best way to communicate, period. However, some conversations are simply inappropriate for print, because communication is more than just words on a screen, it's about body language, tone, posture, eye contact, volume, etc. And so, in our organization, we've talked some (not near enough, if you ask me) about how to determine what is appropriate for email and what is appropriate for face-to-face. All that to say: I love this blog, because I love having a place to capture my thoughts. But some conversations are better had away from this forum. For example, last week, in the debacle of the A Fan from afar... post, the best conversation was not on the blog but was found in the long conversations that Chris and I had, and a challenging email from my friend Laura. In conclusion (this has gone on longer, than I anticipated), if you see something here, that you want to hammer out...let me know...I'd love to talk. AND, if you know of any books, articles, etc. pertaining to the "appropriateness" of electronic communication, I'd be interested.
Posted by charlesdean2 at 10:16 AM