Slowing the work treadmill

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Harvard Business School Professor Teresa Amabile compares much of work life to running on a treadmill.

susanna oreskovic‘s insight:

If you’ve been working for a while you may feel like you are on a treadmill, and one that will not stop for say about 30 years. Eek, this was my realization as I proudly walked into my new big office job. What I’ve learned along the way is that being the best at your job or having the best team working with you is more about having that mental space than it is about pushing yourself or your team to do more and more, faster and faster. Having a common purpose, buying into the task, having meaningfulness, with time for reflection or incubation of ideas will spare you from becoming frazzled and burnt out and guarantee you your people will not be just punching the clock putting in face time.

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1 thought on “Slowing the work treadmill

  1. Add to that the fact that our work must respect the integrity of our beliefs system to be meaningful. Unfortunately, when the “boss” sets up a treadmill of routine and a constant barrage of tasks, with no time for self-reflection, we don’t have time to connect the “spiritual / emotional” dots between our work life and family life. This stifles creativity and meaning, often without warning, we lose our connection to those elements. Then our performance at work suffers and our family life suffers which further impacts our performance at work which impacts our family life… Thanks for sharing Suzanna!

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