Around the Christmas holiday and New Year are some of the busiest times of the year to travel (and most expensive). [Digitalist Magazine] had the chance to chat with Jonathan Becher, Chief Digital Officer of SAP, about his thoughts on business travel and his top travel productivity tips. As former chief marketing officer (CMO) of SAP and a frequent speaker at industry events, Jonathan is certainly no stranger to international and national travel. In 2015, which Jonathan considers a down year, he spent about a 100 nights in a hotel and took 40 flights. In 2014, he spent 150 nights in a hotel and took 50 flights. To give you a sense, that’s about 240 hours in the sky, which means 10 full days!
“Obviously, I don’t mind travel because I do a lot of it. There are two things I really like about travel. The first is personal connections you make travelling. I’m a digitally native person (not by age, but by attitude), so I enjoy communicating through social and digital technology. But, what I love about travel is the in-person interactions, which help me to be a much better communicator digitally afterwards.
“The second thing I like is the opportunity for continuous learning. I learn from other cultures and learn from other points of view. I’m a big believer in the notion that diversity of opinion brings stronger results. I know what I know, and I want to find people who don’t have the same set of beliefs as I do. You are more likely to recognize the importance of diversity when you travel, even though I live in one of the best melting pots in the world – Silicon Valley. The more I go to other places, the more I see things differently, which makes me a stronger leader.”
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