Next in line is Chris Persson, a serial entrepreneur and a person that always sees possibilities when others see challenges. Chris has a long history as an entrepreneur, e.g. co-founding Bookatable that he later sold and integrated with the team at Guide Micheline and as a partner with Recapex he was instrumental in shaping the partnership between the $8 billion revenue giant the Axel Johnson group and Recapex leading to creating the CVC vehicle D-Ax. Even if still a partner at Recapex, Chris today spends most of his time once again rocking the boat, this time by co-creating LIS - London Interdisciplinary School - trying to reshape the way we look at university education.
We had a chat with Chris on new digital practises catalyzed by the strange times we are experiencing and we - of course - got some great advice.
Chris first lesson focused on using older digital tool, resurrecting the 80ies phrase 'Management by Calling Around'. "In times of constant video conferences your eyes need need a break and just have chat over the phone. That creates a different kind of bond than using video", Chris explained.
His second lesson was: make sure to have loads of breaks, "Humans are not made for video conferencing". Chris forced us to use one of these breaks to read this piece from National Geographic: "Zoom fatigue’ is taxing the brain. Here's why that happens".
Chris' third lesson learnt was: "Beware of introverts". Chris reminded us of that the video conferencing format does not make all of us as comfortable and to think about how to include all people in the dialog - he also pointed us to this article on the topic.