What if it's not about the screen or the format but is instead about meetings that lack a purpose, an urgent agenda, a vibrant culture, a shared sense of “Isn't it such a good feeling to be here with one another?”
What if the problem isn't Zoom but is instead an undercurrent of meaninglessness, valuelessness, loneliness, nobody-really-knows-me-ness?
I'm not saying it is. I'm just saying that it could be.
It's at least worth the question.
Oftentimes, the circumstances that everyone says are the problem aren't the problem at all — they're just a symptom or a red herring. Diagnoses for cultural maladies become memes — they seem to fit, and so we repeat them. It feels good to be in the know and to have the lingo.
But the solution might not be less Zoom. It might instead be more connection, more purpose, more meaning, more value.
And the good news? You and I can approach those things in our work next week and in our lives this weekend. We can do that: be meaning miners, value creators, engines of a love with muscles.
We can do that today, in any place or system.