Chris Brogan is the man.
I mean, that guy is a thought leader in terms of Social Media, engagement, and communities. I can only imagine, truly, the amount of email the guy gets daily.
Yes, a PDA!
Now I understand that Kathryn does much more than just email (like manage his social networking requests, speaking engagements, flights, etc) but just think about it for a second: Can you imagine if you became this popular (or maybe you already are) and got so much email that it was impossible for you to personally manage it yourself?
I like the guy. Chris is awesome, so, I’m not bagging on him at all (and if he isn’t in your gooreader, go do that now!), but it does challenge me to think about how we’re using technology and when enough is too much.
Email is the communication center of our lives. Social media is, with lightning speed, creeping on it fast and is holding the #2 spot in a lot of people’s lives. If it becomes too much for us to handle, does that say something about us? Perhaps about our time management, our priorities?
I know that, culturally speaking, executives in businesses and senior/exec pastors have assistants to manage their inbox (Hey, I was one at a fortune 50 biz once… thank God no more), but the idea has never really jived with me. Why do we have to have other people to handle our email communication?
Sometimes I feel like the typical response of “because it enables them to do the work of the ministry” is lame, overused and undercooked. Perhaps that is their ministry and their letting others do it for them… but I’m just rambling now.
I’m not sure I ever want to be at a place where I can’t answer a personal email request by myself. If this “disqualifies” me from ministry, so be it.