If you want more efficiency in your team, just hire the laziest person you can find.
If you look around your workplace, you’ll likely see the “creatures of habit” assiduously doing the same inefficient thing over and over again.
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency. Bill Gates
The formula: control + predictability + certainty shapes how people go about their day. It’s a self-perpetuating existence reinforcing a familiar and facile status quo.
So, what is needed to change the formula? Laziness.
Lazy folks are disinclined to overly exert themselves in fruitless pursuits: excessive data entry, mindless meetings and frivolous requests.
“If there's an easier, more efficient way to do something, trust a lazy person to find it.” Marty Rubin
These indolents are motivated by work-life balance, so they want to get the boring stuff finished by noon to dive into something meaningful in the afternoon. The dessert is more appealing than the main.
So, how often are your team members heading into another mind-numbing meeting to waste an hour of their life?
Your people may be suffering from a “disease to please”.
“Lazies” don’t. They have higher expectations of their work, rousing an intestinal fortitude to say “no” to the unimportant: “Ain’t nobody got time for dat.”
More efficiency occurs when you ameliorate the “disease to please” by saying “No“ more often, so your “Yeses“ mean something.
It’s gotta be a “hell yeah” to get my teenager off the couch! 🤙
The photo: according to the Australian Koala Foundation, a koala usually sleeps between 18 to 22 hours a day. They sleep to conserve energy as their diet requires a lot of energy to digest gum leaves. Chew gum and sleep. Sounds like my teenage children on school holidays! 😴