I have a worry (or a F.E.A.R.?) that holds me back from trying out the fruit bowl. My question is:
How do you deal with phones that are on mute but still vibrating? Do you ignore them, ask meeting attendees to shut them off completely or ask them to put their phones on no sound, no vibration?
I love the concept of the fruit bowl but I have yet to try it out myself, my only concern being that the fruit bowl will become a distraction in itself. Many of the people I meet with on a regular basis seem to be living in their phones. They go off every 10-15 minutes at least, on top of this there are voice mail notifications, missed call-notifications, SMS's coming in and for some email, twitter and facebook (!) notifications. How about instituting The Lead Box in meetings? Normally when people have the phones in their pockets or in front of them they can stop them from vibrating almost instantly but how about when it's in the middle of the table in a bowl?