From my “very unscientific study” I am discovering the following:
People are content to just do their job and not much more. They want to give the impression they are hard-working, but they do not want to do stretch themselves too much in their job position. . Their job is just an exercise in putting in their time and doing their assigned tasks. This has led to a disturbing trend in business. The art of being busy!
People define themselves by how busy they are.
When did “busy” become an item that is compared?
What does busy really mean?
Listen closely to people who always talk about how busy they are. What is it that they are exactly doing? Typically, they cannot tell you, because they don’t know themselves. Their mind is going in a million directions and they are trying to prove something. I try to refrain from using the word, busy when someone asks me how things are going at work for me. Others, who are on top of their business game also talk more in specifics. These are the people you want to connect with and who are the difference-makers in their company and their industry.
Taking this a step further, it is time that we as leaders do not hold onto words like busy even in our own workplace. People want to know what is going on. Start talking about the work you are doing on a regular basis. Get people’s input when it comes to new ideas or issues you are dealing with. Stop telling people how busy you are.
As my father told me, if you hear someone always talk about how
busy they are, it usually means they are not very productive.
Try this simple test, you might be surprised at what you find.
I point this out, because people can see through “busy” people. It really is very easy today. Stop telling people how busy you are. It really sends the wrong message. Talk specifics and gain more respect with your peers and your contacts.
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