- I was in town for literally 72 hours.
- I arrived Sunday a.m. on a red eye.
- I would leave Tuesday night on a red eye.
- Back to NYC in time to hit the ground running Wed a.m.
- I had two meetings that were my primary tasks, one Monday, one Tuesday.
- I began scheduling other meetings to use my time well.
- Each day was efficiently scheduled.
- I was going to spend some time with some great people.
- Some family, some friends, some colleagues, some strangers.
Maybe I'm just blessed with particularly interesting, creative and thoughtful people willing to spend time with me, but what I realized was that, sitting down and just talking, whether in a restaurant, a back patio, a campus cafeteria or an office, allowed us to open up and explore, tell stories, think, suppose, brainstorm, think some more, play, moodle and imagine. I'm not sure what to call it, but it was refreshing, rejuvinating, exciting and motivating. I literally had to take notes each night to capture all the amazing things we discussed.
In the meetings where tasks were important and agenda items paramount, those items got addressed. And that's good. But there's something wonderful about spending time with family, friends and colleagues and just seeing where the conversation goes. I feel like just as much joy and, ironically, productivity came out of those convesersations as my fixed business meetings. Yes, we talked about kids, and marriage, and grandkids and how everyone's doing. But I felt like I'd just been to the Interesting and Cool Stuff Conference.
Has that ever happened to you?
Why do you suppose this is?
How do we get more of it?