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Posted about 9 years ago

I've never worked with a lazy person

I had a conversation with a buddy of mine today about how he feels that some of the people he works with just don’t get things done. He was a bit frustrated and simply could not understand why these people were so lazy.

The truth is, I’ve never worked with a lazy person.

This is a synopsis of how the conversation went.

I did not set the premis that there are not lazy people out there. I explained that some people simply don’t have the drive or ambition to work hard and be successful.

However, it’s my opinion that these people are weeded out in one way or another before they would ever have the opportunity to be a co-worker of mine.

What does this leave?

All my co-workers are smart individuals with a great work ethic, and I challenged him to answer how his co-workers got to the position they were in without working hard and being driven to succeed.

So why don’t his co-workers ‘get things done’?

In my experience, when people fail to meet your expectations it’s not because they’re lazy, it’s generally because their priorities don’t align with your own. The trick is to get their priorities to align with yours. The question then becomes how do I get that person to work on what I want them to work on. The more their goals align with yours, the harder they’ll work. That’s when you’ll see them be most productive (in your eyes).

There seems to be three main reasons why people don’t work on what you think they should be working on.

  • They don’t see the value in it.
  • They’ve prioritized something else as being more valuable.
  • They don’t understand what you are asking for.
  • They don’t understand how to do what you are asking for.

When I ask someone why they didn’t get something done, I am not asking in an accusatory way. I truly want to understand which one of these reasons their answer relates to. At that point, I can work towards aligning our priorities or getting them the knowledge/understanding they need.

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