Here is a great post called, Newtonian Workaholics versus Quantum Laziness, that espouses the "do less, succeed more"?? theory of work. It is a great read, so click on over. Key word = LEVERAGE. Here´s a quote from the post:
"??We all frequently hear of using leverage in finance where a little bit of money controls a lot. That same principle of less controlling more can be applied to any human endeavor. If you think like a Quantum Lazyist, you know there is always an easier, faster, cheaper, better, lazier, more powerful way to accomplish a task."
I think this theory applies doubly to management. The Quantum Lazyist Manager (QLM) knows that there is an easier way to make the workplace hum and she watches (sometimes laughing under her breath) her peers spin their wheels and burn the midnight oil.
So – what might be on the QLM´s list of mantras? I would like to hear yours, but here´s a few that come to mind:
1. When I say, "No,"?? I have more time. No is not a four letter word.
2. Many upfront efforts have an outstanding ROI, while 11th hour tasks generally have a crappy/negative ROI.
3. Be careful of spending more time to measure a task than the task itself takes.
4. Garbage in, garbage out. Hire the best, make them feel like you know they are the best and watch them manage themselves!
5. My greatest tools are my ears and mouth – dialogue keeps the work flowing and prevents waste.
6. Clear roles and an aligned structure are levers of success.
7. Soak up other people´s great ideas for better and easier ways to do work. Hold regular QLM lunch summits! (add the tri-fecta of brain activators, which are spicy chile pepper, caffeine, and chocolate, for optimal rev and revolutionary thinking)
8. Forget the 80/20 rule! Nail the top 10% and get 90% of potential results.
Your turn, I´m done for the day.