iPad, the Perfect Executive Portfolio
I’m so excited about Apple’s iPad announcement. My world is about to change for the better.
Finally, there is a device that can be used by corporate managers without looking like a nerd with a laptop. The iPad in a quality binder will appear just like a good executive portfolio. I can carry it with me all during the day. I can place it on a desk or table without disrupting a meeting.
It has been tough over the years trying to decide just what I should carry to meetings. I’ve used simple portfolios with a pad of paper. I have used log books to chronicle my meetings. I have gone as far as using the Franklin Planner. With Franklin, all I had to do was print out my calendar changes each morning. I jumped on the first Palm when it came out. It was great! I could sync my Palm to my PC and have my calendar available in any meeting. Now, with internet access on my cell phone, I can keep my calendar in sync automatically. I can get emails and messages. I can do internet searches. But, I still carry a portfolio for notes and business cards.
I have at times carried my laptop to meetings so I could have access to the vast repository of information I need. But, when I am looking at the laptop, the meeting dynamics change. I am focused on a little screen in front of me that no one else can see. The reason I meet with others is to exchange ideas. I need to devote my attention to what others are saying. I need to pay attention to them. I need to pay attention to their body language. It is downright rude of me to come to a meeting and spend my time staring off in another direction.
Documents are acceptable in any meeting. I can load up a three-ring binder with important information and carry it to a meeting without offending anyone. Somehow that which can lay flat on a table is acceptable, but a panel standing vertical is not.
I realize that there are those that feel the iPad fell short of expectations. To them, I say just pay attention to Apple’s track record. They have changed our experience with electronics before. I believe they are doing so again.
Here are some of the complaints I’ve heard: