Greg Anderson is the author of today’s Tuesday Reading. He is Senior Consultant and Leadership Coach at MOR Associates, a role he has had since 2009. Earlier he served in senior IT leadership positions at the University of Chicago and at MIT. His essay first appeared as note to participants in a MOR leadership program where Greg was a coach. [Greg may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Studies, however, show that the appearance of being busy does not result in greater performance. At McMaster University, Erin Reid studied consultants to see how busyness affected performance. “She found that although managers penalized employees who admitted putting in less time at work, the managers could not tell the difference between those who worked long hours and those who worked fewer.”
Greg’s advice is something that we all need to take to heart. Too often, we all work really hard, actually too hard, at being always busy. We don’t want to be seen as a slacker. So, take the time to give your mind a break. Go for a walk outside. Find a place where you can just let your mind wander, reflect. Taking time to reflect gives you an opportunity to learn, to make connections, to build confidence, and to correct your course.
Make it a great week. . . . . jim
Jim Bruce is a Senior Fellow and Executive Coach at MOR Associates. He previously was Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Vice President for Information Systems and CIO at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.