Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
— Albert Einstein
Hey, Albert: I’m no Einstein (!) but I’m not sure there’s quite enough attention being given to the driving either! 🙂
I can totally relate to this quote lately. (Note to wife: not literally!)
Let me explain.
There is a whole lot going on at the office these days. Some days, too much for me to get a handle on, to feel on top of things, to feel, well, confident. Lately I am finding myself catching balls just as they are about to hit the floor … and revisiting work that I delivered to meet a deadline because it wasn’t comprehensive and/or clear.
Multitasking these days seems to be a success-requisite job skill. I’ve actually gotten a whole lot better at this over the last couple of years; traditionally, I’ve been a “go deep” guy while working on mostly one thing at a time. It is now, though, a luxury — honestly, more like a pipedream! — to work on one thing at a time. There’s a lot of “irons in the fire” these days.
And I think there is a larger consequence to this. I’m not doing anything really well. Everything is acceptable — meeting expectations — but nowhere close to the best that I can produce.
I don’t think I’m alone.
If I’m not alone, then we can surmise that my organization is not performing at its highest level. Maybe not even at a high level. Certainly not at the capacity of its talent.
And what might this mean for employee engagement? Of course I don’t feel great about not doing my best work. Certainly others in the same situation don’t either.
And with a thawing job market, it’s not a stretch to project an increased risk of a losing talented people should this status not change.
This is dangerous, and not really satisfying.
Kissing while driving.
Of course, I could be wrong. Perhaps our driving is safe. Perhaps the kiss is satisfying enough … at least to keep kissing. And driving safely.
If I were you, I’d stay off the roads!