Monday, April 25th, 2016
Nowadays there is an endless demand for things that need to get done. It’s not hard to make a case that the need for organizations to be productive is paramount to success. Yet all too often the path to increased productivity excludes time to connect with each other. However, taking the time to connect is actually the key to productivity and its ultimate objective, to make progress!
We are humans, not machines. Machines have to be maintained properly to operate a peak efficiency. In the case of humans, it is our relationships that must be attended to properly if we are to be not only efficient, but also effective. We are social beings and the need for human-to-human connection is designed into our DNA. Trying to ignore our humanity in the interest of getting more done often impedes rather than enhances productivity.
Progress requires trust, and trust requires connection. People do business with people they know, like, and trust. This can only happen when you take the time to get to know someone and connect with them in some meaningful way. Just because you have worked alongside people for a while doesn’t mean you know them enough to trust them! Now of course, there are some people you don’t choose to work with or even like, yet you need to work with them regardless. That only makes it more important that you take the time to connect meaningfully.
Summing-up: We are actually sacrificing productivity when we don’t consciously take the time to just talk to each other — human to human — and take the time to connect meaningfully.