A case of technology offsetting personal differences


Steve and Cheryl had a hard time getting along. Both graduated from Harvard near the top of their class. They took an undergraduate course from the same professor and were once scolded in front of the entire class for letting their personal contempt for each other disrupt the flow of the class.

The two never even attempted to smoke the piece pipe and by some strange twist of fate ended up working for the the same high tech firm in Mountain View, California. That lasted only 3 months. Steve resigned and went to work for a competitor on the East coast.

Guess what? They both found themselves as project leads for groups in their respective companies and were forced to head up the communication for a collaborative project between the two companies. Yes that means Steve and Cheryl, despite Steve’s efforts to get away from the wicked witch, were now forced to communicate with each other once again!

Steve told his boss that he and Cheryl had deep-seeded disdain and lack of respect for each other. His boss, recognizing Steve’s irreplaceable talent, knew something had to be done to avoid a face-to-face between the two.

Enter conference calling . Even though the east coast firm usually felt it was worth it to fly and meet face-to-face with the other team, under this particular set of circumstances setting up a conference call appeared to avoid conflict between these bitter enemies.

I don’t know what became of the joint venture between the high-tech companies, but it is nice to live in times where technology might help to remedy personal grievances between talented people and allow innovation and advances to push forward.

Also some may wonder why two prominent firms would tolerate such immature behavior. Answer, both were very talented and worth the trouble. Sort of like Bobby Knight when he coached the Hoosiers!



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  1. I work for a firm that does not believe in conference calling. Conference calls don’t necessarily promote trust and faith between the groups involved. Looking a man or woman in the eye and making a call is better done live.

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