I share the stats in my book, Lead Simply. The Gallup organization tells us that roughly 54% of us are disengaged with our work (we don’t really care) and 17% are actively disengaged (we really don’t care … and we work to get in the way of making good things happen). The disengaged are what I call the Gomos (those of us who go through the motions in our efforts). The actively disengaged are the D-grunts (the disgruntled).
But I think rather than being an all-the-time Gomo or D-grunt, many of us fall in and out of these categories in different day-to-day moments. That’s the more difficult thing to take care of. All-the-time Gomos and D-grunts can be avoided, excluded, or let go. Moments as Gomos and D-grunts can be slippery.
And it’s those moments that can get in the way of so many good things (better results, better relationships, more opportunities). A little encouragement withheld or a nasty look and I’m a D-grunt. A little less effort and care at a particular time because I’m just not up for it … I’m a Gomo (instead of a Smover or Two-twelver).
So what’s the solution?
Work for others the way I’d like them to work for me. Treat people the way I’d like to be treated. Give others the breaks I’d like to be given. And, when I make a mistake, get over myself (apologize) and get back to doing the work I’d like done for me (Love Your People stuff).
If we embrace simplicity, we’ll enjoy so much more.
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