Business cultures are fascinating, they can be a competitive advantage or a businesses undoing. It is important to foster a culture that will make employees passionate about the company and feel vested in the success, that’s when the magic happens! Sometimes getting to that magic can be a huge leadership challenge. This is not unique to manufacturing, it’s a universal truth for all businesses that is not easily accomplished. As managers and business owners we need to tirelessly seek leadership ideas and work to establish cultures that make our employees passionate about our mission and customers. When we achieve success the results are obvious.
Recently I came across a great article written by Cami Pham. It was one of those articles you feel the urge to share with people you care about, because you know it is likely to help them. The article claimed that working less can actually produce better results, really.
7 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Be More Productive, Backed By Science
Catchy article title, isn’t it? It’s catchy for good reason, no-one wants to do things they don’t need to. Most of us probably compete more with ourselves than we do our competitors, struggling to manage our time and to work smart. The idea that some how working less could help us succeed is very appealing, the points Cami made were:
- Productivity is more important than hours worked.
- Don’t always say yes, 20% of your effort produces 80% of the results.
- Don’t try to do everything yourself, get help.
- Perfectionists are less productive. (Bonus reading: Crossing the Chasm)
- Automate Repetitive Tasks.
- Back up your decisions with data.
- Have “do nothing” time.
After reading those points, you no doubt have ideas swimming in your head. How many of the seven do you practice? How many do you believe are true? How many would you integrate in your organization? If it’s a high number then my work is done here.
Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk
The funny thing about this blog post is it is being written on Sunday night, it’s currently 9:56PM as I type these final sentences. This blog post isn’t perfect, but will be happily published knowing that one or two of these gems are likely to help you build a better culture at your company. You could say this article is proof that science wins this one, thanks for reading this imperfect article.