We’ve all become slaves to a work style that encourages us to be drones. Don’t believe me? go look at your ‘Sent Items’ in you email client and roughly estimate how much of your output in the past week are ‘replies to’ as opposed to original thought, created content on your part. Satisfied?
If you are like me, the first time you pay attention to this, you will be shocked to see that you spend most of your intellectual capital as a router, reactively responding to stimulus. This is not the way of the leader.
Here are some simple habits that can help –but they all demand that you build a self awareness that allows you to define what makes the bar for your reply. If the bar is not met – then move on! resist the itch to pitch in with your say too. Instead, focus on original thought and content creation – ADD VALUE!
For reference, here is the filter I try to apply:
1) Impact? will I have an impact in replying… if I am only contributing, don’t bother, I have more valuable things to do.
2) Passion? is this a subject I have authentic passion for? if not, get out of the way for the people that do.
3) Learning? Will I learn something if I question? (If i already know the answer… or don’t care much about the answer…. move on)
it is hard, but when I get to under 60% in a week, I know it was a good week for me.
Also helps me build a consistent profile – authenticity and predictability about who you are and what you care about.
Drone = An idle person who lives off others
American Heritage Dictionary