Until yesterday I hadn’t been ‘fortunate’ enough to be invited to Clubhouse yet. But until the invite came, I could see some people complaining that there isn’t a ‘Listen later’ feature in the product, and how odd it is.
Actually, I think it’s borderline brilliant.
One of the big challenges of everything digital is that we have lost the need to be present when something happens.
We can always catch up later.
Few of us actually make an effort to do that, but we’re all guilty of not really being present in the moment for that reason alone – that we can always catch up later.
I think that is a big issue. On an almost existential level.
For that reason I love the idea of a service where you need to be there, when it happens – or miss out completely. I love the idea of forcing people to prioritize to be present to get something for themselves.
I think we need that. As humans. To be forced to stop, take pause, listen and engage. Live. And then go about our other business.
If Clubhouse can help a move towards that scenario, I am all for it.
Back in the day I had a very experienced direct report who I used as a sounding board for thoughts and ideas to bring forward to executive management.
We would meet in my office (even though technically I didn’t have one), and we would go through the arguments, I had thought of making.
If I was off track, he would say in a very calm voice, while quietly shaking his head:
“Mads, that is junior behavior”.
And then he would follow it up with his interpretation of what senior behavior, aka the right sort of behavior, mingling, getting my point across needed to be successful with that particular project in that particular organization would be instead.
I listened. I better; he was usually right.
Since then I have always treasured having a sounding board and someone to lean on when things become a big hectic.
It is a nice contrast to my normal passionate, energetic ‘give-it-my-all-(alone)’-approach I often find myself (inadvertently) taking.
What I probably should become better at is making sure that I use the sounding board, when I need to and don’t leave it too long. But that too is a journey and learning experience waiting to be converted.