You know I’m surrounded by entrepreneurs and a lot of people in business, and one of the saddest things I find is that a lot of people want to compare how many hours they work. Vestiges of the old economy. There used to be a day where output was related to input and the number of hours you worked. The days have changed. No longer is what you make directly tied to how many hours you work. We’re living in an innovation and results economy, so we need to end the competition of how many hours we work. It should no longer be a point of pride about how many hours we gave in a given week or how much time we spent at the office. Our lives are more and this is about our creativity and our contributions to the greater economy.
So I want all of us to stop asking today, to stop this needless competition. To stop talking about how many hours they’re at work. How much effort did I put in? Let’s start focusing on the results. What are we getting? What benefit are we adding to our fellow business owner? How are we making sure that we’re making great things happen? In fact, a better metric would be results per hour. With the more results, you can get in less time being beneficial. That’s really our measuring stick these days. How many results are you giving per hour extended and the better you can make that equation look, the better you’re really doing.
What’re your thoughts on this? Have you ever got caught up in a competition of who’s working more hours? How did you break the cycle? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your thoughts and experience?
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.