Nonsense at Work: Don't Celebrate Too Soon
by James Henry McIntosh
Why do we do things? We do things because we hope to get a reward of some sort for doing it. In other words, we are ‘willing-to-do' because we are ‘hoping-to-get'.
When you set goals for others, it helps to distinguish between goal-directed activity and goal activity. Goal-directed activity is what we do to reach a goal. Goal activity is what we do when we reach the goal. Goal-directed activity increases our need or desire; goal activity reduces need-strength.
Here is a good example. Preparing dinner is goal-directed activity. The closer you get to the end of making dinner, the hungrier you become. Eating dinner is goal activity; the more you eat, the less hungry you become.
Why does this distinction matter? If you celebrate the end of a project before it is totally done, you will struggle to get your people to wrap up the loose ends and finish it completely.
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James Henry McIntosh is the Chief Nonsense Officer for NonsenseAtWork.com. He advises executives on dealing with nonsense at work in the hope that this will make them, their teams and their organizations more effective. When this gets the better of him, he retreats to writing and public speaking until his confidence returns. He has been repeating this cycle for more than 20 years without seriously hurting anyone. Sign up for free newsletter on http://www.nonsenseatwork.com