The very wise Mahatma Ghandi once said that action expresses priority.
It is a very thoughtful and powerful statement that resonates with me, but also provoked some thinking… How true do you think this statement holds in the workplace and a company’s priorities?
Each one of us has their own personal, inner beliefs that define our priorities – for our day-to-day work activities or for our personal lives. People’s choices of what to work on will reflect their own priorities – that being based on what they enjoy, what better matches their skills or what seems to be more urgent. So, from this perspective, the statement holds true in the workplace, yes. But people’s actions won’t necessarily reflect the company’s priorities. For this to happen, conscious effort is needed. The leaders on the steering wheel need to make the company’s goals clear and thorough and everyone should see it as their responsibility that their work is aligned to those.
When at work every day, especially in a dynamic environment, it’s very easy to lose focus of the important stuff and concentrate on what’s urgent. Not to say that the more pressing matters at work are necessarily less valuable, but it is crucial to be explicitly clear on why we take an action to work on certain items as opposed to others.
Whatever our role, we can all lose sight of what’s most valuable. And whatever our role, we can all contribute to ensuring that we’re working on the right things.