In scanning my blog posts you may notice a heavy bias and advocation towards flexibility and giving employees their time back. As a result of the old paradigm of time = performance many may read them and think I am not a hard worker or an advocate of hard work…yet here I sit at 6am on a SATURDAY thinking about work. And I do not feel as though it is a travesty that I am working on a normal “day off.” The reason, because I am a hard worker, I want to live up to (and exceed) the expectations of my organization, I want to become better at what I do. What makes this easy for me to do at 6am on a Saturday (when there is much fresh snow to be skied) is I have balance. Quite honestly, I would rather work today and ski on a Tuesday…there are far fewer people on the hill and I get fresh tracks for hours instead of minutes. This is the beauty of focusing on results and not presence as a performance metric.
Am I a hard worker? You bet. Do I believe in being passionate, dedicated, and diligent in my professional pursuits? Absolutely. Would I work more than 40 hours a week to complete a project? Undeniably, yes. Do I expect to have time with my family and control over my life? Yes. None of those things are in contradiction. I do some of my best thinking at 4am…well before any of my colleagues even think of crawling out of bed. So you tell me, am I a hard worker by producing results at 4am while others lazily snooze the morning away?