Do or Do Not: The Killer of Productivity

Do or Do Not: The Killer of Productivity
Do or Do Not: The Killer of Productivity

There is an old movie titled Star Wars, in which an ancient master named Yoda replies to a young apprentice, which says, “I’ll try”. Yoda responds with the classic phrase; “Do or do not, there is no try.”

You may or may not be a big fan of that movie series, but consider for a moment how relevant that line is for our own world and the business community. Time and again, we are exposed to employees that will sit, and wait, and ponder, and think….. all the while just putting off what they could have done hours ago. While this is a problem, perhaps it is only a symptom of another problem.

What can be the cause of people procrastinating and not doing the task at hand? Production worldwide is hampered by this lack of urgency to move on. Perhaps it is in the culture of a country? Maybe it is inherent in the personality of the individuals? Regardless, the mere existence of this lack of willingness to get-with-it-now, is killing the productivity of most corporations and businesses.

As business leaders, the culture within the company should be one of reducing the punishment and stigma associated with making a mistake. Fear is likely the cause of inaction, and creating a safe environment to err in, can likely allow employees to move faster when making a decision.

Of course, there are those that simply can’t move faster, and for them perhaps training is in order. Inaction and hesitation are signs that a business leader must take seriously. The very survival of the business and its public image hang in the balance.

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Louis Carter
Louis Carter is CEO and founder of Best Practice Institute, social/organizational psychologist, executive coach and author of more than 11 books on leadership and management including his newest book just released by McGraw Hill: In Great Company: How to Spark Peak Performance by Creating an Emotionally Connected Workplace. He has lectured globally in the U.S., Middle East, and Asia on his work and research in organization and leadership development and is an executive coach and advisor to CEOs and C-levels of mid-sized to Fortune 500 organizations. He was named one of Global Gurus Top Organizational Culture Gurus in the world and was chosen to be one of 100 coaches to be in the MG100 (Marshall Goldsmith) out of 14,000 people as one of the top 100 coaches in the world .