As consultants, we have a special role when interacting with our clients. Although we only work with them for a limited time, from a few weeks to months, the level and intensity of interaction is very high. With that, naturally, comes getting to know each other. Long meetings and long working days spent together, water cooler-talks, joint team dinners, etc., often lead to a certain level of intimacy. But how personal should you get? Where are the boundaries, and what are the pitfalls?
- You always work FOR them.
Even if you achieve your results in strong collaboration WITH them – which is for sure my preferred way of doing consulting – you are still hired as an external advisor. This distance is important to keep perspective.
Today is travel & technology day – let’s take travel!
Most of us tend to fly a lot… like, twice a week, sometimes more. So we all have to go through those tedious routines again and again and again – it is like riding the bus, but you have to be at the queue at least thirty minutes before it arrives, and people tell you that bringing more than 100ml of fluid with you is a big threat for everybody.
In the last days, there has been this site of Wired in the news, which tells you how to “fly through airport security“. It was rebutted by David Pogue shortly after… but reading both articles and the discussions that go with them should give you a good picture of what does and what does not get you through security faster. Both articles are targeting the crazy-crazy-crazy USA regulations… in Europe it is not _that_ bad, just almost.
From my own experience, there are a few things you can do to be faster and/or happier on the way to your seat:
- Check in online, if possible. Although a no-brainer in my book, there are still people not doing that. Especially good if you are in danger of running late (always?). Most airlines let you check in online the day before the flight, which most of the time gives you access to good seats, as well. Saves you time on the way out of the plane.
- Mark not only your luggage, but your laptop! I was amazed how many people before and behind me in line had the same model ThinkPads. I just Taped my business card underneath mine (not blocking the vents of course) and turn it when they put it through the X-Ray, so there are no mistakes.
- Men: When wearing a jacket and a coat, just slip out of the jacket with the arms still in the coat. Saves you half the time putting it off and on. (Ladies: Feel free to take as much time as you want, if you are pretty, in front of me in line, and I am not in a hurry)
- Put all those small items (stuff in your pockets, phone(s), wallet, etc.) in the front pocket of your carry-on while in the queue – saves you time at the X-Ray as well.
- There will be times when you are running late and have no time to check your luggage. So it is a good idea to have no bag larger than “carry-on-size”, and to pack your shampoo, toothpaste, etc. only in bottles under 100ml (and a transparent bag under one liter size, to be optimal) – so that when you have to, you can take it with you
And for heaven’s sake, could you please decide what stuff from the carry-on you need at the seat and what to put in the overhead compartment? Because I sure don’t like waiting behind you while you are searching for your book/lipgloss/iPod.
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