Here’s a simple thought experiment that I was kicking around with a client the other day. Imagine you go into work tomorrow and the volume’s turned down to zero. Stuff’s happening as it usually would, you just can’t hear anything.

What activities would you see people doing?

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If it’s your standard white collar workplace, it’ll probably boil down to these few things:

  • Talking with other people

  • Typing on their computers

  • Reading

  • Writing or drawing

  • Moving between these activities

Essentially, it’s about:

  • receiving and processing information

  • creating thoughts

  • communicating those thoughts

As a leader or manager, what if you believed your job was to help these activities to happen in a way that had the greatest impact on the outcomes you’re trying to achieve?

How would that change your approach?

Food for thought.

 

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