Technology is a great enabler. It helps us get so much done and be productive and be connected. But it can also create this invisible barrier that makes communication hard as it blocks the connection to each other.
Being a good manager is about creating the best connection to your team and then utilising that so they improve, grow and achieve success. If you are always putting a barrier in front of that connection then you ask yourself how effective you are being as their manager.
Your computer screen is a physical barrier in front of you, drawing your eyes away from the person in front of you. Close it.
Your phone is the persistent dog barking for your attention. Put it away in your pocket or even better leave it outside the meeting room.
Try it for your next series of 121’s and see if they are more effective as a result.