Disconnecting … and reconnecting

As I plan to overindulge in food and holiday cheer this long Thanksgiving weekend, I also plan to curtail my digital gluttony by unplugging from the online world for a bit. I hope this plan helps to slow things down and bring a bit more focus to my life and my thinking.

This idea came to me after I read Kneale Mann’s recent post about Warren Buffet, The Disconnected Leader. At first, the title threw me. What leader wants to be disconnected? We need to be in touch, engaged, on top of things.

Yes, that’s all true. But we need to be in touch, engaged and on top of the right things. The things that matter.

I’ve been a bit out of touch with some of those things lately. I hope to reconnect with some of them over the Thanksgiving break. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this thought from Mann’s blog post:

Imagine we woke up tomorrow and there was no Internet, the smartphone had not been invented and there is no email. We have all those things but one idea we could try is to type less, turn off our toys more, and speak directly with humans rather than devices or channels. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

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