I use to have a boss that would say…”Don’t confuse activity with results!”
At the time this made a lot of sense and I firmly believed in this philosophy. But I discovered that it wasn’t black and white, like my bosses statement.
Sometimes activity is good but only if it leads to results or at least the ultimate goal of a result.
Effective coaching, training and leadership development fall into this category
However the point is even more clear when you look at it from a tactical and strategic point of view.
Yes, coaching, training and leadership development can be viewed as an unproductive activity when looking at it from a tactical perspective. However, eventually, if this activity is effective, it will lead to results.
So strategically these activities produce a resounding yes when asked the question…”is this productive?”