Two Paragraph Perspectives: What if Convenience is the Death of Effectiveness?
Blog post by Barton Career Advisors Founder and Managing Partner Chris Barton
Thinking about where we are in the world today with all our forms of consumption and gratification got me wondering about the impact that “progress” has had on our lives. It does not matter what role you are playing—parent, executive, coach, volunteer, or teacher—it all leads to the same evaluation. We must ask ourselves, “Are we being effective in our roles and in our relationships?” It may seem like there is an inherent struggle in answering a question like this but let’s boil it down to something simple. All roles require task completion. Task completion requires time. Completing tasks effectively can be aided by great resources, processes, and tools. But what if the tools and processes designed by the great minds of our days are actually inhibiting our ability to be effective? Convenience may just be the canary in the mine signaling the death of effectiveness.
Convenience comes in many forms. From that great smart phone and those apps we just need to simplify our lives and make us more productive, to the slew of kitchen countertop appliances that juice fruit, julienne vegetables, and make the perfect panini sandwich. Observe any drive-thru at a fast food restaurant and you will see a queuing process that was designed for the sheer convenience and laziness of humankind. Many people on our planet think Americans are nuts for gulping down food while racing around in cars. Even more perplexing is driving into a restaurant parking lot at lunch and seeing the cars wrap around the building and into the adjoining street. All the while the restaurant is virtually empty inside with no one waiting at the counter. Car after car waits at the drive-thru, following the leader into a line designed for convenience but destined for delays and errors. Why not just park in one of the many vacant spots and just walk in to place your order? You will be done and on your way in half the time. Maybe that just means you will be on time for work or your daughter’s piano recital. We must ask ourselves if our addiction to convenience is destroying our ability to be effective.
Barton Career Advisors has recently dedicated its industry pieces and blogging to a new series called Two Paragraph Perspectives. There is so much going on in our world and it is often difficult to consume an entire article, thought leadership piece, whitepaper, or news story. Our world communicates at lightning speed and most of that happens in 140 characters or less. For the previously mentioned reasons we will bring you key thoughts, insights, and questions in an easy to consume two paragraph format. Before the steam is finished rising off your morning coffee or tea you will be done reading our bi-weekly digest of all things career transition, personal brand management and outplacement best practices. We hope you are looking forward to this series written by our Founder and Managing Partner, Chris Barton.
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