Monday, July 6th, 2015
LYING FALLOW IS AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF PRODUCTIVITY
Funny. No one uses the word ‘productivity’ much anymore. We change the business vocabulary to freshen the concept (and to sell books). Execution,
results focused, KPI achievement, the business babble continues. Soon it will be back to ‘productivity’. They all translate to ‘more, more more’.
Is ‘more’ sustainable? (Another word of the day) The demand for more will not work if it is a linear, constant, harsh demand for profit. It eventually wears out the organism/organization.
And so, the importance of building in time to lie fallow, to rest and restore and return (land) to health and productivity. I have often wondered what would happen if a company as a whole took a big break at the same time. I worked with a bank that had to have everyone take a weeks vacation at the same time to check for possible theft in the system. It was like a celebration when everyone returned. Renewal at the whole system level.
This is my way to say have a great vacation this Summer. Naps are the penultimate way to lie fallow. Let your mind take a break. Try living with no push in evolved. Great things do not happen with effort alone.