Ian RuderI’m not one to pat myself on the back for my successes and accomplishments — partially because my quad arms make it tricky — since I’d like to think I am aware enough to know that most victories are the product of more than one person’s contributions. But one success I am willing to claim fully as my own was the decision to change NEW MOBILITY’s weekly editorial meetings from phone to video.

That may sound trivial, but you have to understand that the team that brings you NEW MOBILITY — a team I am proud to be a member of — is composed of some of the legends of the Introvert All-Stars. It took multiple calls and seemingly hours of persuasion to convince my coworkers that we wouldn’t all be appalled at each other’s appearances and that there was value in actually seeing our faces when we talked.

I sold them on shorter meetings where no one could get away with multitasking or losing focus, two things I happily owned up to over years of long phone meetings. I believed what I was selling, and I was also confident that seeing our team’s faces would build camaraderie and reduce confusion. Two years later, I think we’d all agree the move to video has paid great dividends.

If there is one silver lining to come out of the ongoing pandemic, it may be that people around the world are reaping these same dividends and beginning to appreciate the power of video. Anyone who hadn’t already discovered the benefits and potential of video conferencing, and, more broadly, video chat