By Dan Hammond, Chief Disruption Officer, LIW
Last year, as work increased, I noticed that people were starting to say “I know you’re busy but could we talk sometime…’. Busy was good. It showed that I was useful and important.
I then tried something new. When people said this, I translated it as ‘I know you don’t have time for me but…’ That didn’t feel so good.
Ed Baldwin’s 2016 article sums it up: ‘busy is the new stupid’.
What does this mean for leadership?
Busyness is a problem in a fast-moving world. Rather than trying to keep up, leaders need to slow down to speed up.
In 2019, rather than being busy, try these practices:
- Be present
- Take time to ask with curiosity
- Make conscious choices
- Take disciplined action
Oh, and I’m free if you want to talk…