Monday, September 21, 2009

Existential Cubism

This morning I sat and noticed how few emails (other than those spammy sales offers) I was receiving. I worked on some other items on my list, caught up on reading Advertising Age and Communications World, reviewed my list of ABC 123 items and updated, had a meeting with colleagues, etc. All the while, my email was fairly quiet. Then, I proceeded to start emailing out some information, some requests, some notes and I noticed my email started popping like mad. For every email I sent, 3-5 came back...and suddenly it dawned on me...I am the source.

I wonder if I refrain from emailing how long it would be before my email became totally quiet. What if I only met with people in person? What if I returned emails with phone calls? What if I didn't generate any email myself? Would I become less effective? Would I fall off the radar and therefore off the career ladder? Would I be happier? or just disconnected?

Similar to that age old philosophical question, if a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? What about if a corporate manager works without email, does she exist at all?

2 comments:

JeannetteLS said...

You will not disappear as long as you text and/or have an iPhone. Of course, I have neither, but, then, I pretty much exist only in my own mind.

pinklea said...

Those kinds of thoughts make my brain hurt. I can only deal right now with frivolous thoughts like, "I need to get my nails done this week."

I am evidently a shallower person than you.