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Some thoughts about ‘Fake Work’

by Rick Baker
On Apr 13, 2011
  1. You can do work that contributes to your business goals.
  2. You can do work that does not contribute to your business goals.
  3. You can do work that maybe does or maybe does not contribute to your business goals.
I think people only do 3 things: Good Habits, Bad Habits, and New Things.
 
Say you have business goals.
 
Say you do work that contributes to your business goals – that work is Good Habits.
 
Say you do work that does not contribute to your business goals – that work is Bad Habits.
 
Say you do work and you are not sure if that work contributes to your business goals – that work is also Bad Habits.
 
When you do work that contributes to your business goals, that work is ‘real’…it has meaning and substance.
 
When you do work that does not contribute to your business goals; that work is fake…according to Peterson & Nielson1 that work is Fake Work.
 
According to Peterson & Nielson, there are 10 Causes of Fake Work:
  1. Failing to Understand Your Job - Your Real Job
  2. Failing to Recognize the Finish Line
  3. Failing to Focus and Prioritize
  4. Failing to Understand the People Around You
  5. Failing to Communicate About the Right Things
  6. Failing to Understand the Importance of Your Team
  7. Failing to Clarify and Drive Strategy from Top to Bottom
  8. Failing to See the Execution Gap - Alignment Then Execution
  9. Failing to Manage - No Matter Our Level
  10. Failing to See That Culture Creates an Environment of Fake Work
 
 
Footnote:
  1. 'Fake Work' (2009) by Brent D. Peterson & Gaylan W. Nielson

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Goals - SMARTACRE Goals | Habits: Good Habits, Bad Habits, & New Things

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