Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

The modern workplace is a funny thing, when you really sit down to think about it. Tim on The Office (the English version) had it right. He said this in the series finale, and it’s always stuck with me:

“The people you work with are people you were just thrown together with. I mean, you don’t know them, it wasn’t your choice. And yet you spend more time with them than you do your friends or your family. But probably all you have in common is the fact that you walk around on the same bit of carpet for eight hours a day.”

He’s completely right. I mean, would you rather be hanging out with Ivan, the smelly IT worker, or Rosie, the HR woman with the crazy eyes, than your girlfriend / boyfriend / wife / husband / kids? Unfortunately, that’s the way of the modern world. You’ve got to get along, and you’ve got to learn how to collaborate.

That’s what makes ElephantDrive such a useful tool for modern business. You’re not always going to be on the same place or on the same page with your co-workers; ElephantDrive, though, helps to cut through those problems so that you at least have the same data. I know in my company, we have consultants scattered throughout the United States – almost in the four corners of the nation. There’s one in Portland (Maine), one in Portland (Oregon), one in San Diego and one in Savannah; that’s a lot of different personalities and a lot of different schedules we have to coordinate.

ElephantDrive makes it easy. The four consultants can upload all of their different materials to the cloud, so we can organize all of the different thoughts, opinions, ideas and banter into one cohesive proposal / project / e-mail / telegraph / some different form of communication. It’s never easy, and sometimes there’s some rolled eyes and frustrated tones, but it always gets done in the end … and ElephantDrive really helps.

Speaking of The Office, once all of the projects are done…I do, oftentimes, dance in a manner like this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KPGpOS5whw&feature=related).

Just kidding about that.

Maybe.

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