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Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization by Dan Pontefract

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Chapter Ten

Tools, Rules and Jewels of Being a Flat Army Leader

If you know me, or know anything about me, collaborative technology is arguably my favorite Flat Army ingredient. Although I care passionately and deeply about the material in this book, technology is both my hobby and my brain candy. In 1981, my dad came home one day with the TI-99/4A computer. Imagine the smile on my 10-year-old face upon realizing Gutenberg's invention could be more than a typewriter. Up until that point, I was hooked on the Atari 2600 gaming system—the first real interactive technology to enter our house back in 1979—as well as the IBM Selectric typewriter. When the TI-99/4A entered into the equation, I finally had the chance to go behind the coverings of the technology itself. Before, I was fixated on the Atari, particularly on how objects and characters could move on the screen from a twist of a joystick or paddle. Once that computer came into the house, I learned how to program my own games. I grew to understand the relationship between hardware and software. Additionally, I was fascinated by the connection of technology and human emotion. From the TI-99/4A and onward—including household computer upgrades to Commodore 64, IBM PC Convertible and Apple II—I've been hooked on technology as an enabler of the human experience. What an interesting upbringing indeed.

These days—and criticize me all you like—technology, both for work and play, has become a personal utility. I don't put it before physiological, ...

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