I wanted to find the smart ass who coined the phrase "Work smart, not hard" and hang him by his toes and continuously shoot peppered ice-cold water in his face. Well, I found Gerry McGovern. But he wasn't meaning it to be like what our guys are taking it to mean.
Being busy is often an excuse for not doing something you should be doing. For me it has often been an excuse for not thinking, managing, and planning properly. Working hard is no longer the route to success it once was perceived to be. In an era of outsourcing and offshoring, success definitely does require hard work, but what is way more important is smart work. Basically, all the hard work will be outsourced, with just the smart work remaining.
Now what's happening is nobody's interested in working hard anymore. They're trying to outdo one another, passing work to other people, other departments or shoving them out of sight. Now instead of just managers delegating work to subordinates everybody else is doing likewise, even those without subordinates. They call meetings and pass the job to others. Local jargon turned that into 'Taichi'. I call that a football game. No wonder, the marketing guys always call a "kick-off" meeting whenever they get a LOI (letter of intent) from a customer. Pity the poor guy who has the ball at his feet!
Working in this kind of atmosphere is exasperating. For us and our previous generation who've worked their asses off to help build up this country, it seems some of our youths think working hard is beyond them. And I mean also those armed with their degrees (employable or otherwise). They think 'work' is what someone else does. Some don't even make the suggestions but just fill in the work-order after the brain-storming, during which they keep their mouths shut, being afraid that whoever makes the suggestion has to carry out the job.
Then I found out why they have this kind of attitude.
Some smart aleck has misquoted the Work Smart idea from somewhere and refashioned it. Instead of the phrase "Work smart, don't just work hard" the word 'just' disappeared.
They're ignoring the fact that if everybody just wants to work smart and nobody works hard there'll be nobody working at all.
Maybe that explains why we need so many foreigners around.