PluggedInButNotSwitchedOn

Plugged in but not switched on?

My laptop and I had a busy morning, the other day, with meetings and presentations at various client sites. When I came back home that afternoon, I opened up my laptop once again to write a follow up email and realised that it had almost run out of battery. I quickly sent the email and plugged in my laptop to charge.

Soon enough, I got busy with other activities and then it was time to revisit my laptop. I opened it up, and before I knew it, an abrupt window popped up, saying “Low battery. Battery at 2%. Please plug in your laptop soon or it will switch to hibernation mode.”

I was taken aback by this as I knew I had plugged it in nearly three hours ago.

I reinserted the charger connection to my laptop – nothing happened. The thought that my laptop’s charging port might’ve gone bad did cross my mind. Then I looked at the power plug connection to the wall and behold! It was plugged in but not switched on.

It dawned on me that we’ve all been in situations where we plug people in into companies, projects or teams but we might not switch them ‘on’.

It was then that I thought of situations, like this one, where something could be plugged in and not switched on. It dawned on me that we’ve all been in situations where we plug people in into companies, projects or teams but we might not switch them ‘on’.

So what does it mean to switch ‘on’?

I don’t know. But I do know that it changes depending on the situation, company, project and team. Perhaps that’s for each of us to ask ourselves.

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“I’ve plugged so and so in but have I switched them ‘on’?” I like to think of it in terms of what a power outlet switch does for a plugged in device: it enables the device to run.





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