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LA 019: The Busyness Delusion - Why Your Efforts May Not Lead to Success

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He who stays latest is working hardest.

It's 10 O Clock as you turn the lights out that you switched on that morning as you leave after a 16 hour slog of a day. Grabbing a quick bite as you run for the train home knowing that the kids will be fast asleep by the time you get there. Another day in paradise. At least you can relax easily at home knowing what a hard worker you are. Thinking of all you have accomplished today in the mistaken belief that effort equals results. You could be suffering the busyness delusion.

Being too good at your job might reduce the perception of the value you are giving!

I worked for a French company for a while some years back. In spite of their reputation for taking incredibly long lunch breaks, French companies often display what I call a very macho culture. It's essentially based on being seen to be busy and actively involved. There was essentially, a competition to be first into the office and last out of the door at night. And, at a minimum, arrive earlier than the boss, and leave after he had left the building. The staff would turn up early in the day and place their coat or jacket on the back of their chair and on into the computer. Then go for coffee. Whenever any of the bosses were around, there was a flurry of activity and people rushed. I never really figured out whether people were busy because they were so focussed on being seen to be busy, or whether they were busy because they wasted so much time appearing to be busy. Sweating my assets

When we put in a lot of effort, we sweat. And in financial terms, we want our assets sweating to show that they are productive

Businesses have long been aware that assets, once bought, need to be used as productively as possible. 24/7/365 ideally, else there is some productivity left unused. The financial term for this is to 'sweat your assets'. It's based on the same idea that when we are working hard, we sweat. The harder we work, the more we sweat. And the harder we work, the more productive we are. Or at least, that's the theory. As I live in Singapore, it's pretty easy to get a sweat on. All I have to do is turn off the AC. Doesn’t make me any more productive, just hot and a little pungent. If you were any good at the job, you’d do it in half the time Dan Ariely's meeting with a locksmith http://danariely.com/2010/12/15/locksmiths/ No one really cares how hard or long you work http://99u.com/articles/51908/nobody-cares-how-hard-you-work Whilst you worry about what everyone else is thinking about you, they're worrying about what you're thinking about them. So you should be worried about what you are thinking about them but you're not, because you’re too consumed with what they're thinking about you, but they're not because they're spending all this neurological effort thinking about you thinking about what they're thinking about. No balance

Striving for work life balance because we allow work to take over our lives

Levels of stress that cause your body's cells to age prematurely

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/10/give-up/410485/

Hard work doesn’t lead to rewards

Show leadership - what your boss really want is help to get things done. Not analysed, not talked about, not paraded, done! Share and carry the load. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/real-reason-get-promoted.html Being seen to be busy Perceived value. People prefer to watch how busy and hard working a website is when searching for results. They actually like to watch the illusion that the website is working hard! http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/item.aspx?num=40158

It's not enough to jump through the hoops. You've got to be SEEN jumping through the hoops

This increase PERCEIVED value. So why do we need to be seen to be busy? Remember that website being SEEN to be working hard as it searched for the results? That seems to be true in most offices as well. The people who get promoted are those who are seen to be actively busy and producing results. It

Hi. What's better? Today you're listening to the leadership advantage podcast with me, Dr John Camwell, brought to you by your cells Incom it's why some leaders thrive and others struggle. Hey there, and welcome to this podcast. This is John, and this week I'm talking about the busyness delusion and why your efforts may not lead to success. Don't know if you come across this phrase before, but he who stays latest he's working hardest since ten o'clock, as you turn the lights out that you switched on that morning, as you leave after a sixteen hour slog of the day, grabbing a quick bite as you run for the train home, knowing that the kids will be fast asleep by the time you get there. Another Day in paradise. At least you can relax easily at home, knowing what a hard work are. You are,...

...thinking of all you have accomplished today, in a mistaken belief that effort equals results. You could be suffering the busyness delusion. I worked for a French company for a while some years back in France, and, in spite of their reputation for taking incredibly long lunch breaks, French companies often display what I call a very natural culture. It's essentially based on being seen to be busy and actively involved. There was essentially a competition to be first into the office and last out of the door at night, and had a minimum arrive earlier than the boss and leave after he had left the building. The staff would turn up early in the day, place their coat or jacket on the back of their chair and log onto the computer and then go for coffee. Whenever any of the bosses were around, there was a flurry of activity and...

...people rushed. I never really figured out whether people were busy because they were so focused on being seen to be busy or whether they were busy because they wasted so much time appearing to be busy. Efforts. Is All about sweating assets. Businesses have long been away a where the asset one spot fixed. Auts of course, need to be used as productively as possible. Twenty four, seven, three, six five, ideally, else there is some productivity left unused. The financial term for this is to sweat your assets. It's based on the same idea that when we are working hard, we sweat. If your ladies, of course you perspire, but we sweat. The harder we work, the more we sweat and the harder we work, the more...

...productive we are, or at least that's the theory. As I live in Singapore, it's pretty easy to get a sweat on. All I have to do is turn off the AC doesn't make me any more productive, just hot and a little pungent. The thing is, if you were any good at the job, you do it in half the time. But danary Ellie has a fabulous example of a meeting he had with a locksmith. And this locksmith was so good at his job that he did it quickly and efficiently. But the problem is his customers felt that they were getting short changed because it seemed that it was so easy for him and it wasn't worth the money. So the problem for this locksmith was because he was so good at it, people thought it was too easy. See, no one really cares how hard or...

...long you work. Whilst you're worrying about what everyone else is thinking about you, they're worrying about what you're thinking about them. So you should be worried about what you are thinking about them, but you're not, because you're too consumed with what they're thinking about you. But they're not because they're spending all this near a logical left at thinking about you, thinking about what they're thinking about. If you're working hard, that's terrific, but is that what is being noticed? And the fast problem for most people is that they have just no balance, no life work balance, because you're working so hard and spending so many hours at the office and less time at home because you feel stressed that you have to do this. You have to spend your time at the office working all the time, or at least being seen to be busy,...

...but it's creating greater and greater levels of stress that are causing your body cells to age prematurely. The more we stress ourselves about not being in balanced and the harder we work, the more we age prematurely. And hard work just doesn't lead to rewards. What you really need to be doing is show leadership. What your boss really wants is help to get things done, not analyze, not talked about, not paraded, done a whole. Idea is to share and carry the load, demonstrate to your boss that you're already working at the level that you want to be promoted to. The trouble is, most...

...of the time it's all about being seen to be busy. It's perceived value. People prefer to watch how busy and hard working a website is when searching for a results. They actually like to watch the illusion that the website is working hard. This increases perceived value. So why do we need to be seen to be busy? To remember that website being seen to be working hard as it searches for the result? If it does it instantly, there is no value. Like the example of Dan our reel's meeting of the Locksmith, you need to be seen to be doing something and taking your time over, but in fact half the time you could save because you don't really need that. It seems to be true in most offices as well. The people who get promoted are those who are seen to be actively busy and producing results.

And that's an and you got to be producing results as well as being seen to be busy. That it takes some effort, because if it's too easy then obviously you're overpaid. It seems that it's no good if you simply get the results quietly, and I'm obtrusively. You have to make sure that the people you need to see you getting those results do see them. It's real politic and if you refuse to play the game, you will be overlooked, not because you're no good, but those that need to know me simply not see you for all those busy bodies in the way trying to steal the limelight. So what's the answer? The answer is to be productive and show how effective you are through your results and making sure that the people that need to...

...know know that you're doing it effectively and well. Thanks for listening to this podcast. I hope you've enjoyed it. On the business delusion, if you're falling into the business solusion, let talk by fin out. You've been listening to the leadership advantage podcast with me, Dr John Kenworthy. If you'd like to find out more, visitors and sells himcom. It's why some leaders thrive and others struggle.

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