“Make the Dirt Fly” – never mistake ‘busyness’ for constructive action

Many modern organisations and leaders are committed to fulfilling their key objectives and such is that commitment that they often mistake immediate and furious activity for worthwhile endeavour.

We’ve all seen it throughout our careers, and if we’re honest, we may have even been guilty of it ourselves (I know I have) – mistaking ‘busyness’ for constructive action.

This realisation came back to me very recentlly when reading a book about the building of the Panama Canal where I was struck by a very powerful and dramatic example of the dangers inherent in ‘action for action’s sake’.

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