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I was driving in my daily traffic jam hell listening to NPR and yelling at slow drivers (we live in SoCal, give me a break). Robert Segal was about to bring it home when my phone rang. Was it work, or work related, or work adjacent? I really don’t know but apparently it was extremely pressing and required all of my attention; I answered, hands free at this point. I ended the call and began thumbing through my phone while crawling on the 5. I had to check on something, and I needed to do it right then. I looked down, opened my mail app and glanced up to find the car in front of me had completely stopped. I just about shoved my foot through the floor of my weathered Ford Focus, sending the car to a screeching stop. I didn’t hit the guy, but almost. With my adrenaline through the roof and the guy in front of me flashing some very colorful sign language, I found myself considering, why?
I used to carry business cards—lots of them. I’d exchange them with people at conferences and during meeting introductions. Instead of actually communicating with each other again, though, I regret to say a lot of business card passing was just an outdated exercise in corporate traditionalism.
“I might as well have just handed you a quarter, but instead, here’s a reminder of my name and inflated title.” Anything important or actionable was directly entered into our phones.
In planning for Q Commons I get asked this question a lot. So, I figured I would write a blog post about Q, my experience, and Q Commons. Visit the Q Commons Costa Mesa site for information on the next Q Commons gathering at FLDWRK.