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Save yourself the resentment of your employees with this app
Q. Every Thursday, I run a bunch of weekly status updates with the different teams I supervise, all stacked in a row. Naturally, they tend to run long. Is there an easy way to let people know in real time that I’ll be tardy?
— Bag O’ Cards, Highland Park
A. There’s nothing that makes subordinates feel validated quite like being forced to sit through a meeting their boss is constantly late to. If you’re ready to stop sowing resentment across the cube farm, try Tempo Smart Calendar.
It’s designed by SRI, the same folks who gave life to Siri. Like its sweet-voiced sibling, Tempo’s got all sorts of adaptive bells and whistles, including a feature that associates relevant email and attachments with events on your calendar.
What’ll be most useful for your predicament—other than a late-blooming sense of personal responsibility—is the “I’m running late” feature, which allows you to send a pre-populated email or text to those you’ve kept waiting. It’s a lot easier than toggling between your calendar, email, and contact list as you try to command the troops.
When Tempo AI founder and CEO Raj Singh called the app a “do machine,” he wasn’t overselling his brainchild. Calendars have lagged behind, remaining about as sophisticated as a fart joke. Tempo aims to bring the calendar out of the dark ages by turning your agenda into mission control. It grabs birthdays from Facebook, attendee pictures from LinkedIn, and estimated driving times from Apple maps.
As with all apps that marshall the forces of artificial intelligence, it takes a minute to bring Tempo up to speed. But the investment is well worth it, and the learning process is expedited by the natural routines we cultivate—not many of our meetings are one-offs. The more you play around with Tempo, the smarter it gets, straight through to the moment when it sprouts legs, crawls out of your pocket and enslaves the human race.