As I sat at Tully's in Clyde Hill, Washington last week after breakfast with a prominent retired executive, it occurred to me:Some coffee shops are more powerful than board rooms.
Decisions, deals and deliberations that you may expect to take place in private board rooms often take place over a three dollar latte, 12 inches from a random stranger.
During our conversation, I spotted three other tech executives holding meetings, two interviews occurring and one heated business debate. Many acquisitions have been closed or rejected within these four walls too.
This Tully's is particularly powerful. A former run-down grocery store, Tullys took it over and transformed it into the heart of a suburb where many current and former Microsoft Executives live. A favorite spot for Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, it has claimed its place in this community and in local history.
Contrary to recent drama, companies should let their employees work where they want, when they want. When executives lead from the top it sets the right example for others. You do not need to be permanently present in the same office as your colleagues to deliver dramatic results.
Take your next meeting to the coffee shop, or the park or just for a walk. Changing the scenery will recharge and reenergize you. Just remember, if you get your laptop out, don't forget a privacy screen because you don't know who is watching!
Are you working away from your regular office right now?
Let me know in the comments your favorite place to work.