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The Cost of Busyness

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What do you need to have at work to be fully engaged?

What do you need to have at work to be fully engaged?
 
The Cost of Busyness
We are addicted!  Addicted to schedules, timelines and calendars.  We rush to catch airplanes and trains, book rental cars and check our BlackBerries every two seconds.  Thanks to laptops, e-mail and cell phones, we can multitask and network non-stop no matter where we happen to be.  But is this a good thing?  

The premise behind Ordinary Greatness is that every organization has everything it needs to be extraordinarily successful already residing within its workforce – they just don’t know it.  Busyness is one of the main culprits that prevent leaders from recognizing, celebrating and promoting greatness in organizations.  Among the five blinders we mention in the book, busyness is the one most people relate to automatically.  We are just too darn busy to see what is right before us.  We miss opportunities to recognize individuals for their contributions and we miss opportunities to discover the hidden talents of those we lead.

If you think you may be one of those leaders who is so blinded by a perpetual state of being busy that you have no time for visibility in the work environment or for making connections,  it’s time to reassess your ability to organize and prioritize.  These are the skills that enable you to drill down into your schedule and find the time for an everyday presence with your staff.  What is your schedule like today, tomorrow and next week?  Have you allowed room on it to do the things critical to your ability to flourish as a leader?  

Here are a few more questions to help you gain a greater understanding of how the busyness blinder may be impeding your ability to see and act upon ordinary greatness:

  • Do you visit work areas on a consistent basis to establish relationships with your colleagues and open lines of communication?
  • Do your colleagues consider you approachable?
  • Is your daily work a check-the-box kind of existence, consumed with doing tasks rather than being available for others?
  • Are you addicted to schedules and calendars that leave limited room for personal connections?

Removing the busyness blinder may seem nearly impossible in today’s business environment where “do more with less” has become the norm.  Take heart!  There is a lot of unproductive busyness out there – find it and eliminate it.  

Until next time, find and celebrate the greatness in your life!

Pam