The Progressive Workplace Series: Are You Awesome?



I read an interesting “listicle” the other day called “12 Things Awesome Employees Do Before Noon”. As I was reading through it, dosage a couple of thoughts struck me:
(1) There are some pretty solid ideas in here, and
(2) Holy smoke, who could possibly have time to do all this?

Here is a summary of the “Keys to Awesomeness”

  • Make a “To Do List” the day before
  • Get a full night’s rest (8 hours, minimum), and don’t hit the snooze button
  • Exercise in the morning, and practice a “morning ritual” such as reading, meditating, praying, etc.
  • Eat breakfast
  • Arrive at work on time, check in with your boss and your team.
  • Tackle big projects first, avoid morning meetings, and allot time for message follow up.
  • Take a mid-morning break

As I reflected on these individually, there weren’t any I could really argue with. However, as I considered them in the aggregate, the natural skeptic in me came out, and I decided to do a little math exercise. Follow me here….on the path to awesomeness.

• Awake at 5:30 AM , after 8 hours of sleep (what, you mean you stay awake past 9:30 PM? Awesomeness requires commitment! Now, off to bed…)
• 5:30 – 6:00 AM: Morning ritual
• 6:00 AM – 7:15 AM : Dress, go to gym, work out, return home
• 7:15 AM – 7:30 AM: Eat breakfast (awesome people also eat fast, so hurry up)
• 7:30 – 8:00 AM: Shower and dress for work (wear something awesome) Wait, wth? It’s already 8:00 (time for work, for most of us, and you haven’t even LEFT home yet? Are you not awesome?
• 8:00 – 8:30: Drive/Ride/Teleport to work (ok, is 30 minutes even reasonable for most of us?)
• 8:30 – 8:45: Park your car, walk into the office, put your stuff down.
• 8:45 – 9:30: Check in with your team and your boss.
• 9:30 – 10:30: Be Awesome…
• 10:30 – 10:45 : Follow up on messages
• 10:45 – 11:00 : Mid Morning break

Whew….tired yet ? It’s almost lunch, and you have worked one hour. Can you be awesome in 60 minutes ? I sure hope so…

Ok – back to reality now. If there is one takeaway from this blitzkrieg of awesomeness, it’s that these 12 things may make you awesome – but I’m not sure it’s all that realistic to adhere to this routne.

However, there are some of these that I regard as “bedrock”, and will certainly make you a happier and healthier person. So, without further adieu, my version of  “5 Steps to Being Awesome in the Progressive Workplace” – a bit simpler and more streamlined, and more geared to the kind of workplace we all hope for.

Step 1: Charge your batteries: Get your rest the night before – you know how much sleep you need to feel energized.
Step 2: Rev up the motor: Get up on time, exercise, and eat something not fried or covered in sugar for breakfast.
Step 3: Represent: Get to work at a normal time, and show up with a smile on your face.
Step 4: Plan: Take 15 minutes to plan your day, then check in with your colleagues.
Step 5: Execute: Go forth and conquer – after all, you ARE awesome!


About Author

Scott is a Principal with Butler Snow Advisory Services, the "non legal" arm of Butler Snow - the Jackson, MS based law firm. He also serves as the President of ExitHigh, an exit advisory firm focused on lower middle market companies. He is the also the founder and managing partner of Sightline Resources, a tech-focused Financial and Management consulting shop focused on early stage companies. Often described as a "CFO +", he has led the Finance function for both fortune 50 companies and PE backed ventures. Having also served as a COO, Marketing Director, and running a Product Development shop, thinking big picture comes naturally. Don't expect the garden variety CFO - he is transparent, direct, forward thinking, and focused on driving results.

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