Heart Walk at Oracle HQ

Tomorrow Oracle is hosting a Bay Area Heart Walk at it’s HQ campus and it should be a huge event, not only raising valuable funds but also raising awareness of the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle.  Since the beginning of this year I have been doing regular walking meetings and have enjoyed the benefits to both my health and my productivity.  I also found many other people already doing walking meetings and others who have been inspired to start them.  I’ve really enjoyed the overwhelmingly positive responses and encouragement.

Highlights of the event include the Semi Official Oracle house band, Scope Creep, check out this YouTube clip, you may recognize some of the faces including my boss on drums, who I can confirm does not appreciate my joke – what do you call somebody with no talent who hangs with musicians? – answers in the comment section please.

I will be walking with ‘Team Erb’ led by the energetic and enthusiastic (except when it comes to twitter) Janine Erb, who is one of the singers in the YouTube clip above.  We have close to 100 people in the team and I’m looking forward to walking with and talking to people I have known and worked with for a long time and also making some new friends.  If you are there tomorrow, come and say hi.  I’ll take some pictures and probably tweet during the event.

Finally, if you want to donate you can follow this link, but probably more importantly spend some time educating yourself, the American Heart Association is one place to start.

This is Your Brain on Walking Meetings

Your Brain on Walking MeetingsSince I started regular walking meetings at the beginning of the year, I have been surprised at the interest and response I’ve had.  My previous co-worker from the early AGIS days, Jake Kuramoto (now of TheAppsLab fame) penned a nice blog post about it, called Good Idea: Walking Meetings.  I was interviewed by @Ultan from the Oracle UX team for the Usable Apps Blog, which included a picture of myself walking with Floyd Teter, of ORCLville fame, who is a long time walking meetings proponent and gave me some encouragement and advice.  I was also interviewed for a travel magazine, for a June edition, so we will see if I survive the editing process and make it into that article.

This article from @thefastcompany, which had the picture above really resonated with me.  I feel my meetings are more productive when walking; I seem to be able to remember things without referring to lists or taking notes and the conversations flow faster.  the picture might give a clue why.  I had a great phone conversation with Russell Clayton (@ProfessorRWC) after commenting on his great piece on Harvard Business Review blog about exercise promoting work-life balance.  He is also interested in the how walking meetings can promote better working, I am looking forward to hear more from him on that, because I have anecdotal evidence, but would be interested in scientific research on that aspect of walking meetings.

Finally, the most pleasing aspect has been the response from my team and my colleagues.  The enthusiasm and encouragement from them has made it a really positive experience.

So if you haven’t tried them yet, give it a go and tweet your experience and pictures using the hashtag #walkingmeetings


New for 2014 – The Walking Meeting

I always like to try new ideas so in 2014 I am going to give walking meetings a try.  There are loads of articles available on this topic, my favorite starting point is this The Art of the Walking Meeting  from 2008 by Ted Eytan.  We are only six years late to the party, but better late than never.  I am interested in how this works out, but I feel very excited that it will be a positive move.  I have been complaining for a while I don’t have enough time to exercise and that I have too many meetings, so this seems like a win-win situation.

I’m going to hold all my weekly one-to-one meetings as walking meetings, we’ll circumnavigate the the Oracle Lake, which is about 2/3 mile and then if we need to sit on front of a computer for any items do that at the end in my office.  I estimate it will give me close to 3 hours extra walking a week, which is not bad for a starting point but I can hope I can expand it if it works well.

As always I’d like to hear thoughts and opinions from all of you, so please use the comments section below.

UPDATE (2/6/14) :  You can see my early thoughts on how this is going here