Ije Nwokorie on Inputs are as important as (maybe even more important than) outcomes

from Three things I’ve learned as a leader

I’ve learnt that the metrics that society uses to measure success and failure are not really fit for purpose, measuring only, as they do, progress towards some soulless upper right quadrant. When the dust settles, I’ve found it’s not been the hard measurable outputs alone — sometimes not at all — that have defined success or failure. Instead, what we put into it, in time, care and thoughtfulness, has produced results that endure: belief, commitment, growth, change.

The modern world asks us to set measurable goals. This is not a bad thing. But inputs, sometimes with no firm objective, have their place. To take more walks. To create more time for people. To learn something new. To be truly present.

In this fast-paced, ambitious, have-it-all-now environment that our people and clients operate in, I’ve learned that sometimes the job of the leader is not to make the boat go faster, but to encourage people to stop for a second, take stock, recalibrate how they’re showing up. With fresh perspective, not only are people healthier, the work is often better.

I’m keeping my eye on this guy.

Originally published at stoweboyd.com.

Work ecologist. Founder, Work Futures. The ecology of work and the anthropology of the future.

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