Being busy... from excuse to opportunity

Being busy... from excuse to opportunity

By Niels Lameijer on Dec 06, 2018
I like seeing “being busy” as an opportunity, an opportunity to create a real connection.

Being Busy ….. from excuse to an opportunity for connection. 

“How are you?”

“I’m just so busy.”

I hear this interaction every where; between family members, friends and at work. I hear it so often, that I’m wondering if it’s the new flu-epidemic. And it sounds like most find it something to boost about. It’s almost like, if you’re not busy you don’t belong…….

Now I ask you:“What does being busy actually mean?” 

In all honestly I have no idea. I can guess based on who says it and in what context, it tends to be different each time though. So I ask you again: “What does being busy actually mean?”

Here’s a suggestion how to figure it out!

Being busy... from excuse to opportunity

I like seeing “being busy” as an opportunity, an opportunity to create a real connection. When someone throws a “being busy” at you, put your curious hat on and ask: “I’m not sure what you mean, tell me more about “being/feeling busy?”  

You’ll be surprise how being curious and asking a question or two will uncover what is behind the “being busy” comment and how people are really feeling.  And don’t be surprised that in the process you have just created a stronger deeper connection!

Niels facilitated a half-day retreat with a large, diverse group of individuals with no particular agenda - usually a recipe for disaster. Niels was great at guiding the group through the day, keeping us engaged and ultimately delivering results. Couldn't have done without him!
Gerard -- Dean School of management