Thought for the Day 6 June, 2017

Thought for the Day – 6 June 2017

My thought for today is something that we all should try to apply. However, we are surrounded by circumstances, people, policies and bureaucracies that conspire to prevent us from doing so.

The thought is:

“The shortest distance between two points is a straight line – so don’t be sidetracked by anything that is not goal focused.”

I had a friend who often talked about “Busy Work”. This is work that keeps you busy, helps you to look busy and ensures that nobody thinks you are slacking. But that is the only real purpose of this work. It has no other reason to be there and, most of the time, it doesn’t contribute anything to what you or your organization is trying to achieve.

All bureaucracies (which includes almost every government) have this type of work – endless committees, planning sessions, reports, commissions, judicial enquiries, forms to fill, certified copies to prepare and so on. All of these things for ruling parties are just delaying tactics to avoid issues or challenges. A perfect example of “Busy Work”, is the motor vehicle license renewal process in South Africa. We already have the technology to collect eTolls using eTags. It shouldn’t be a major task to convert this technology to have eLicenses also with eTags on your car. Then whenever your license is up for renewal, you just pay into the eTag and you’re sorted. There are already countries in the world who do things like that.

You may still have situations where you are forced to be sidetracked by things that are beyond your own control. But you have no excuse to let it happen when you are in command. Stay focused. When you are busy, ask yourself the question – “Is this contributing to my goal?” or a variation on this – “Is this the most important thing I can be doing right now?” If the answer is “NO” then stop doing whatever it is and refocus.

And may the focus be with you.


About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

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