I love stories like these.
VentureBeat recently ran a great piece about Mejor Trato, a neat Mexican company that has junked e-mail, meetings, and managers. To say that the results are striking would be a vast understatement: Permanent four-day weeks.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Is Mejor Trato Unique?
On the other hand, MT is hardly the only company to realize the insanity of “collaborating” over a technology rooted in the paper corporate memo. Via three full-length case studies, I endeavored in Message Not Received to introduce actual companies that have embraced new, truly collaborative tools. I like to think that I succeeded, but make no mistake: Plenty of other organizations not profiled in the book get it—and more are coming on board every day.
Nothing is stopping you from slaying the e-mail dragon.
You may be thinking that eradicating e-mail would never work in your organization. Maybe you’re right. But what about significantly reducing its internal use? Not possible? Nonsense.
A point from the book bears repeating here: We love to blame technology (in this case, e-mail) because it can’t blame us back. Nothing is stopping you, your group, your department, your division, and/or your organization from experimenting with different alternatives. You’re only a Google search and a few clicks away.
What say you?