“Sacred cows make the tastiest hamburgers.”
Back in Time
My father-in-law passed away several months ago. Among his possessions was an old Victrola. I was listing items to go to relatives and typed the word on my cell phone. It wouldn’t accept the word and constantly corrected it to “Victoria.”
Autocorrect had never heard of and couldn’t identify the word “Victrola.” This got me thinking about how outdated that antique device was. If you are reading this and have no idea what a Victrola is, I guess I’m as outdated, too. I never owned it, but my grandparents had one in their living room and I remember hearing an old vinyl record on it.
Speaking of vinyl records, do you remember those? They came before 8 Track tapes which came around (or before) cassette tapes, which came before Compact Discs which came before mp3s. Do you get the idea?
No, this isn’t a walk down memory lane as much as it is a statement about what you are doing today that was outmoded years ago and is irrelevant in today’s world. It is an anachronism, meaning it is back or against time (ana-chronos).
I asked a group in Canada what they are doing in their offices that are extinct in today’s business world. It struck a nerve. Unanimously, the answer was: “FAX machines.”
Fax machines that once were the only way to electronically send a document are now anachronistic. People now scan documents or use a PDF document in their place.
Scanning is safer now than your Fax machine in some ways. An internet security professional told the group that Fax machines tied to your computer are a gateway for a hacker to access all of your private files... including your client information.
“I've always challenged myself and the people who work with me to take new approaches to traditional business challenges, to push the envelope and constantly ask whether our sacred cows are still producing great milk.” -Irene Rosenfeld
My father had a phrase for starting an automobile. He called it “cranking the car.” When he was a boy, the way you started an auto was to get out of the car and turn a crank on the front under the radiator… much the way you pull-start a lawn mower or chain saw.
We have many modern anachronisms in use today...