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How looking across stories shows the bigger opportunity

Going into the weekend with a bit of a roundup…  I’ve had this collection of stories on my desk that tell a larger story, and I wanted to share them.   It’s all about the people side of being remote.

The Washington Post had perspective from a professor who struggled to teach online – and determined what he needed from visual feedback, and the culture he build in his online classroom to help get it while also respecting privacy. 

Two stories, one from the Post and one from GeekWire about online learning specifically.   The Post goes into a lot of detail over how kids learn – but a key takeaway “What appears to matter most is the support systems that children and their parents have available to them.” 

GeekWire’s version – “that shifting in a matter of weeks from in-person instruction that has been honed over decades to entirely online education, with little to no training and using technology that wasn’t built for the job, was destined to go badly.” 

New Stack digs in on burnout in tech.    An 8% rise in emails outside of business hours.    13% more meetings.      68% of tech workers feel more burned out – while only up 7% from February 2020, it’s still up.   

Why do we care?

There’s a theme we care about here.  It’s all about the people, not the technology.     You can see it in each story – the people using the technology, or the lack of training, or the process, or the investment in culture.

Any one of these pieces would tell this story, and when you see them together it’s striking.  The opportunity here is to be the organization that goes beyond the technology deployment into solving this.

Are you selling or delivering training?     And doing so ongoing?  Are you working with customers to make sure the technology is integrated into the way they do business?   Are you measuring the effectiveness and iterating over time?   

Those business skills are going to be what make standout organizations.

Source: The Washington Post, The Washington Post

Source: Geek Wire

Source: New Stack