Caution! The moving walkway is ending…a tale from the terminal.

Duane OdumFor those of us that get to experience the joy of traveling via airlines throughout the United States and beyond, the title of this post should be all too familiar.  While sitting in the Cincinnati airport, I had a slight epiphany. I do quite a bit of work from the airport terminal.

I am not sure whether it’s the emptiness of the terminal in the early morning or just a different atmosphere to conduct my work in, but it always seems to get me thinking a little differently – I might even say more clearly.  Granted, this would not have been as easily done 10 years ago, but with today’s technologies I am able to  perform most of my work functions from the airport terminal, my home, or whatever hotel I am staying at that night.

While sitting here doing my work I realized that I tend to take the technologies that make this possible for granted.  I am not oblivious to the amount of effort that went into achieving some of the technological breakthroughs that are out there today, but as I sit here typing this post amidst the hustle and bustle of the morning commute, I cannot help but think that everyone involved in Information Technology should “think big”.  Things that this generation will take for granted such as wireless hotspots and smartphones that seem to do everything were not even a blip on the radar when I was younger.

With that being said a big thank you to all of those in the Information Technology and Engineering fields that make it possible to work from almost anywhere in the United States. I guess you could go the other way as well and hate the fact that you can be “expected” to work anywhere, anytime.  I enjoy my job so I am truly grateful to everyone involved.

Professor Douglas Kellner of Columbia University has one of my favorite quotes on innovation: “Creativity, as has been said, consists largely of rearranging what we know in order to find out what we do not know.  Hence, to think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted”.  It turns out that my ability to think creatively comes from working in a different environment.

What gets your creative juices flowing?

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