I’ve become a big fan of Web-based collaborative tools like Dropbox over the last few years–and I’m hardly alone. It’s just a more efficient way of creating and managing documents than email. Even Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen used Google Docs while writing their new book, The New Digital Age.
Inviting people to folders is beyond simple and accessing even large files can be done with anything, including a smartphone. Yet, when I invite some of my colleagues and clients to view documents in this manner, it’s not uncommon for me to meet resistance. I’ll get an email response along the lines “I’d prefer to not have to use that thing” or a non-response.
Far too many of us rely upon old standbys (read: email).
Simon Says: Collaboration needs to become more collaborative.
Far too many of us rely upon old standbys (read: email). In the process, we minimize our ability to learn new tricks, do things better, and ultimately save time. The larger implication is that we ossify old, inefficient ways of doing things–and alienate those who have found and like to use better mousetraps. Opportunities are squandered. Work that takes minutes to do takes hours.
Break your routine. Change the equation.