- A friend of mine is thinking about contacting someone he knows about an opening at the company where that person works.
- A healthcare client of mine is thinking about pulling his team together to talk about how they can grow the business. He’s been thinking about doing this since March.
- A neighbor of mine is thinking about a new business idea and the first steps to take. He’s thinking about the right time to do it.
- A marketing client of mine is sitting on a marketing campaign that we developed three months ago. He is thinking about the right time to release the campaign.
The conversation I have basically had with all these people is that making the contact, gathering the team, taking a first step and releasing the campaign MIGHT leave them exactly where they are; but doing nothing assures it will leave them exactly where they are. And where they are is clearly a place of unhappiness.
When I started thinking about writing Diary of the Happiest Employee on Earth I went out and interviewed people, documented my client experiences, formulated my own ideas and wrote the book. When Steve Jobs had a vision about so many cool products he didn’t sit and percolate on them for decades; he turned thinking into making our lives easier and raising the bar for other companies. He went out and did things. When employees are hired to do a job they are told to deliver a result by a certain date.
Imagine if Rich, Steve and the employee were still thinking.
What have you been thinking about? What have you been thinking about doing? Is it time to say “enough with the thinking already!” Did you ever think that over-thinking is killing you, your creativity or your organization? You can always tweak and change things. After all, how many iPhone versions have we seen?
So for Pete’s sake would you please give yourself a deadline, delivery or release date as soon as possible. I’m waiting to see what you can deliver and how you’re going to make my life better and more fun.
Thinking often times leads us nowhere. Implementation leads us to progress.
RICH DIGIROLAMO, founder Recess At Work, works with organizations to create happier work environments, strengthen work teams, design new programs, and create better relationships with customers and peers. In his new book Diary of the Happiest Employee on Earth: 52 Provoking Thoughts for Creating a Great Workplace he talks about why it is important for every person within an organization to act and stop thinking.
Are you ready to take a Recess with Rich, inject some new energy into your organization, create an even better employee and customer experience, and start implementing what you’ve been thinking about?