Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 17OCT11

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: business execution

I traveled to Austin this past week to attend Dell World 2011. At the end of the show, there were several hours between my airport arrival and the departure of my flight.  I didn’t see the keynote speakers at the airport: Steve Ballmer, President of Microsoft, Paul Otellini, President of Intel, Marc Benioff, President of Salesforce.com, etc. Why is that?

These executives can’t afford to waste their valuable time waiting for departure times that fit their speaking and meeting schedules, trying to decide which airline connections make the most sense, and burning time cooling their heels with the conference attendees. There is simply too much time inefficiency in commercial airline travel today. The only solution for these executives is private aircraft, not a perquisite, an essential tool to expand their reach.

Now that I no longer fly over 100,000 miles per year, I find myself in a coach seat most of the time. Coach travel is a great time waster.  It is nearly impossible to open a laptop, read a book, review paperwork, or think about strategy. It is too crowded and uncomfortable.

Being confined to a coach seat for hours at a time may violate the Geneva Convention torture regulations. If you were to tell someone that they would have to fit within the envelope of space allocated by a coach seat for 1-6 hours, there must be some rule that is being broken. I’m really grateful that I’m not tall. But, even my height advantage is not much of an advantage any more with every seat sold on the vast majority of flights.

Coach air travel won’t help you or your business thrive.

Thought for the week:

“Don’t do anything halfway. If you believe in it, go for it.”  – Jack Welch

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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2 Responses to Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 17OCT11

  1. So true, Dave. I’m making it an intention to always enter to the left on international flights; that’s the goal for my visit to India next April.

    Given the innovative genius in this country, someone must be able to come up with a better way to accommodate busy folks than the cattle trucks that double as aircraft these days.


  2. True words, Dave. I don’t fly anymore unless it’s first class, and find it more productive to change my schedule for flights (if necessary) than to simply waste those flying hours with frustrations and discomfort.

    But that’s just me…



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