And is perhaps REPLACING your LAPTOP?... well... not yet, for me anyway.

Laptops are amazing (says the guy writing this blog on his laptop), though I'm starting to recognize that most of the really COOL and engaging things I do with my staff and new hires is on my smartphone! But perhaps not in the ways you might think...

Smartphones are just so much more nimble than a laptop, and the creative ways you can engage and shape your staff are faster and more accessible on your phone.

Here are some of the ways I use my phone at work:

CULTURE: things that keep your staff "on brand" and feeling appreciated

When I walk the floor during our rush I often hear a staff member saying something awesome to a student. I try to, in the moment, POST about it on our teachers' Facebook page, hoping other coaches might "steal" the phrase or concept.

If I SEE something I really like from a coach, maybe a drill or obstacle setup, I'll snap a quick picture or video, post about it, and throw the coach a quick compliment as well to give them credit for their great work.

When I find something on social media that is great for coaches and kids I will tag an employee, or copy/paste it into our facebook group, or throw it into a group text. It is SO FAST, and allows me to keep our "culture of learning" consistently present.

TRAINING: new hires and ongoing

How freakin' easy is it to make a training video these days?!? Seriously! So make oodles of them! You don't need to be Stephen Spielberg, you just need your phone and a GREAT APP, like INSHOT.

Almost every day one of our managers is showing off their acting chops by getting in front of a smartphone camera to make a gym mini movie. Here are some of the subjects we make videos on: