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YGL-LA: Travel… Is it worth it?
October 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm #171235
I’m currently on the east coast in between meetings, and I got to wondering what you think about traveling for meetings? Do you think it’s worth the trip, or do you find it to be a hassle?
Personally, a face-to-face every now and then goes a long way when teams are spread out geographically. It’s also a chance to grab dinner with friends in the random city where the meeting is held. Overall, I find it to be a positive experience?
What are your, the tech-savvy generation, views on travel? What’s positive and what’s negative?
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October 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm #171247
There is a world outside of the Los Angeles Air Force Base, you know… Perspective is always good. Building relationships face-to-face is even better.
October 18, 2012 at 2:17 am #171245
I’m all for travel and making it count. In my case, where most of our operations are in DC, you can feel a bit isolated and can also feel like it limits upward mobility to not know people at our main office.
That said, when we consider public value, I think it’s important to take into account what value is added by meeting in person. I have used some very basic teleconference programs and found them to be a great way to link people quickly, effectively, and for free!
October 18, 2012 at 11:51 am #171243
I currently manage an international project and work with a team in the UK that I’ve NEVER met in person. We talk occasionally via Skype, but even then, it is without video most times. Thus far it seems to work (most of the time)…but there is A LOT to be said for face-to-face meetings (especially when you’re working with folks from another culture/ country).
I will say, I’ve had the opportunity to meet my counterpart’s bosses on several occasions. Usually, the most meaningful outcomes from those meetings have been over dinner and drinks…and not over the conference room table.
So yes, I am all for travel and face-to-face meetings as long as they are productive. If you’re traveling without an agenda or real purpose…then it is a waste of time and money.
October 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm #171241
I tend to do a fair bit of traveling since I am located in Durham, NC. To be part of anything (mostly in DC), I have to travel. I’d say it’s always worth it to get face to face time.
Of course, when we’re talking about “worth it,” there is a cost somewhere in the equation…and if you have a family, they absorb the cost. That’s why I try to keep trips as short as possible. If I have a choice between an overnight or a late flight, I’ll always choose the late flight. If I can get home in time for the “bath, book and bedtime” routine with my two and half year old son, I do it (grateful I maneuvered a 30-minute layover last week and made it!). If I can do an up and back in a day, I try to jump through hoops (Megabus, weird airports, driving odd hours) so that I can be there when my family wakes up the next day.
Other than that, I do enjoy travel and find that there is no substitute for in-person connections.
October 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm #171239
There is! And you’re right, relationship building is an important part of travel.
October 19, 2012 at 5:44 pm #171237
awesome tip andrew! and well done making the effort to get back to your family, they are certaintly in part of the “cost”
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