Recently, I was on “holiday” in Italy.  Before leaving, I double-checked to make sure that my Blackberry was fully operational for Europe. This was to avoid missing a beat while away, notwithstanding that it was a very short business week and the likelihood of combat action was limited.  Upon arrival in Europe, I noticed that, not only were my American colleagues strolling along with Blackberrys but most European professionals were also PDA-addicted.  It’s common knowledge that remote devices have forever changed how we do business, but the global impact didn’t really sink in until this trip.  Today, clients, colleagues and employees automatically assume you will stay connected even while on vacation, and it’s incredibly easy for you to do so.  However, the cost of perpetual availability may be that you never have time to wind down and gain some perspective.  So, with all of this connectivity, in the end, is “being Blackberryable” a positive or a negative for business process and results?

Anthony J. LoPinto is CEO of Equinox Partners, an executive search firm specializing in the real estate industry, and parent company of SelectLeaders

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