Tuesday, August 31, 2010

busy doing nothing


Defined simply by Wiktionary as “a moving or going forward; a proceeding onward; an advance”

Progress is something you can witness, effect, and feel. You know the days I’m talking about. It just feels good when you’ve completed a project, nailed the critical idea in the development of a product, solved the root cause of a big problem, or simply sold a new program.

It feels good when you make progress.

What about the other days you work? What about the people you work with? Can you tell when they make progress?

Can you tell when they’re not making progress?


It can be witnessed by individual or company – as in a culture of a company.

You know what I’m talking about. You witness:

  • People walking really fast needing to get somewhere fast
  • Someone walking in breathless to a meeting because they were rushing there
  • A person who begins many sentences with, “I’m going to…” and “I’ve been really busy”
  • People who choose to focus on the now with disregard for future work
  • A person or group of persons busy but not getting done what they need to

There are a few top causes why this happens, let’s start a list:

  • Procrastination
  • Lack of understanding
  • Lack of planning
  • Alternative agendas
  • Bureaucracy
  • Conflicting directives
  • Multiple ‘bosses’
  • Lack of strategic direction
  • Lack of leadership

Are you experiencing any of these?

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