- What’s your cell-phone number? - Oh, your battery is dead ... Mine too...
- OK, listen, here’s what we’ll do... - You charge your cell-phone battery, I’ll call you in a couple of hours and leave you my e-mail address in your voice mail.
- Then you take my e-mail address in your voice mail and you e-mail me your fax number. <ul><li>Then I can fax you my e-mail address. </li></ul>
- That’s plan A. Now for plan B! I send myself an e-mail to see what my e-mail address is and then I record a message for you in my voice mail....
… when you get it, you send me the answer on my pager... … so then, I send you a fax with my e-mail address.
- Complicated? No, it’s not at all complicated. <ul><li>We just need a bit of coordination... and luck... </li></ul>
<ul><li>There’s also a third possibility that’s much simpler: plan C... </li></ul><ul><li>You send me the contract directly by express messenger. </li></ul><ul><li>Yeah!... It’s the best plan strategically speaking... </li></ul>
- But actually, I have a small question... … what was I supposed to send you by e-mail? My e-mail address, my fax number, my cell number, pager, telephone?
- Oh! You don’t remember either. - It would probably be a good idea to have periodic bilateral coordination meetings concerning protocols for internal communications.
- But anyway, since your office is at the other end of the corridor, I’ll come by to pick it up in 2 minutes... OK? Bye!
And the moral…: Thanks to technology, we can now waste time with an efficiency until now unimaginable, all in the name of saving time…