I dare you to ban the use of Laptops — High-Performance Teams
We all still use a pad and pen, and for good reason, it’s simple, it works. A pad is ideal for recording our thoughts and is an easy way to organise them. When you walk into any business these days, you see most people staring at their screens. Screens have a purpose for on-line collaboration, preparing presentations and documents and internet access. However, the ubiquitous laptop user takes more notes compared to those who use a pad and pen. Consider for a moment a study that was done by Princeton University and the University of California respectively were students who took notes on paper learnt and recalled significantly more compared to their laptop peers.
Here’s why; typing and writing use different cognitive processes. Research shows that laptop users type virtually everything they hear without processing the meaning of the notes they are taking. Typing is mindless transcription. Note-taking requires listening, paraphrasing, and listing of key points. Your cognitive process is more involved in the process of comprehension, and so this information is remembered better.
High-Performance meetings ban the use of laptops for this reason.
You may think banning laptops in meetings is being a bit precious or frivolous but think again. The laptop users are not engaged with the meeting conversations, they are being robotic. For all intents and purposes, they might as well not be there. Ban them.
Originally published at https://www.russellfutcher.com on August 31, 2020.