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Work Hard or Work Smart?

July 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Work…

Why are people so averse to it?

I hear that quite often. “Work smart, not hard!” as though just saying that makes one “smarter”. This is not a zero-sum game. It’s not one or the other.  I want BOTH. I do BOTH and I teach my kids to work hard AND smart.

What I have noticed is that the so-called smart workers are using that as a veiled reason to be lazy. That’s right, lazy! Why can someone not work hard and smart? In fact, the hard workers usually become smart workers. When I consult for a company, I make a habit of interviewing as many key employees as possible. Management generally thing they know more than they really do. The workers generally know more and it is their input that makes the difference. For whatever reason, employees tell me what they think more than they would to management. Probably, management have not listened, took credit or have been dismissive – essentially a trust issue.

Regardless…my point is that the so called “smart worker” don’t always work hard and the hard workers eventually work smart. Which would you rather have or be. What is funny is, the one that give the advice/suggestions are usually right. I just don’t agree with their following statement…”Dude, work smart, not hard”.

I want my kids, my clients and myself included to work both smart and hard. Is that easy? No. Smart workers are generally lazier, if I may use that term. They try to find a faster and/or easier solution to the current problem. But that doesn’t mean you should rest. I say find the next problem to solve and get on it.

Sometimes you need someone you are accountable to in order to do that. We all do. We can all benefit from having someone we respect and look up to for some sort of motivation, support, and accountability.

As an employee, if you can do a 40 hour job in 30 hours, don’t sit around and collect a paycheck, do more, ask for a raise – EVERYONE WINS!

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Work Hard or Work Smart?

July 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Work…

Why are people so averse to it?

I hear that quite often. “Work smart, not hard!” as though just saying that makes one “smarter”. This is not a zero-sum game. It’s not one or the other.  I want BOTH. I do BOTH and I teach my kids to work hard AND smart.

What I have noticed is that the so-called smart workers are using that as a veiled reason to be lazy. That’s right, lazy! Why can someone not work hard and smart? In fact, the hard workers usually become smart workers. When I consult for a company, I make a habit of interviewing as many key employees as possible. Management generally thing they know more than they really do. The workers generally know more and it is their input that makes the difference. For whatever reason, employees tell me what they think more than they would to management. Probably, management have not listened, took credit or have been dismissive – essentially a trust issue.

Regardless…my point is that the so called “smart worker” don’t always work hard and the hard workers eventually work smart. Which would you rather have or be. What is funny is, the one that give the advice/suggestions are usually right. I just don’t agree with their following statement…”Dude, work smart, not hard”.

I want my kids, my clients and myself included to work both smart and hard. Is that easy? No. Smart workers are generally lazier, if I may use that term. They try to find a faster and/or easier solution to the current problem. But that doesn’t mean you should rest. I say find the next problem to solve and get on it.

Sometimes you need someone you are accountable to in order to do that. We all do. We can all benefit from having someone we respect and look up to for some sort of motivation, support, and accountability.

As an employee, if you can do a 40 hour job in 30 hours, don’t sit around and collect a paycheck, do more, ask for a raise – EVERYONE WINS!

Categories: Uncategorized