Re: Proper Rate of Learning LO1405

Keith Cowan (
Sun, 28 May 1995 09:03:30 +0000 (WET DST)

Replying to LO1376 --

> I don't think it's the "work ethic" that's the problem. I think it's
> the anti-intellectual (or laziness in the area of thinking) that is
> the problem.

There is definitely a disfunctional connotation to our "work ethic".
When I was promoted to management in 1977, I put a slogan on my desk
which said that a managers job was to "plan, organize, lead & control".
This lead me to try to do these things and mostly people thought that
I was not working when I was trying to do them. Everyone expected me
to be meeting with people or on the phone - the role model of the manager
at the time. I quickly started to outperform all the "busy work"
managers by "doing the right things right".

This is just a long-winded affirmation of your main contention, Mike.
BTW as president of an $80 million/yr. company, I need to get my
VP's to do the think time and it is difficult. Often, consultants
can play this role because they do not have "line" responsibilities
that get in the way of think time...

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