Staff Meeting Goes Digital in 2011

Vanguard Direct kicked off 2011 with our annual staff meeting on January 7, 2011. The recurring theme this year was the integration of technology.

For the first time, our President and fearless leader, Bob O’Connell, ditched the index cards and used his iPad to give his annual staff presentation. In the past, Bob would prepare for presentations using more traditional means (index cards, notepads). Determined to take the lead in the hot topic of conversation, Bob utilized technology in his preparations. He not only found it engaging, but found it to be an excellent way to save time and resources. Bob declared that “[Using the iPad is] more efficient to type up the notes in a PowerPoint, easier to use to present, and easier to share that presentation afterwards.” Tom Caska, who was snowed in that day, attended remotely by video-calling into the staff meeting via Skype. Utilizing Skype for conference calling will be more prevalent in 2011. Bob admitted to being a creature of habit, and that he had difficulty at first switching from a paper driven mode to paperless. As a company, we must engage in these changes to remain leaders in order to stay ahead of the booming technology industry. Bob notes that we are “Moving on and forward… for the good.” Vanguard Direct has grown significantly in our technology department and technology practices… we will even be getting our first iPhone App approval this month from Apple! So much has changed in just one year and we remain loyal consultants and strategists to our clients to keep them ahead of the game. Our office has benefited from the use of technology in both our personal and work lives.


How have you used technology to make your life better?

Authors: Stephanie Huston and Dustin Hill


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