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Leadership Coaching: Is A Messy Desk A Sign Of Genius?

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 170

Stuff Gets Lost

The usual hype in the office. Everyday new mails, reports, proposals, invoices, memos and other paper work arrive at your desk. These incomings sometimes happen so fast that before you know it, they pile up and you get a war zone of a desk. It's actually not so much that your table is messy. The real issue here is that important stuff gets lost, buried below new documents coming in. As a result, you might ignore doing important things, but rather notice and attend to urgent tasks instead.

It's such a shame when your boss asks about the report for the Vice President and you say "I´m sorry Ma'am. I didn't see the memo". And she's not at all going to be thrilled when you say the "layout for the new product isn't ready because the papers got covered underneath a pile of other papers" and you forgot about it. So what's the solution to these problems? Do you need a clean desk? Or would you believe it if they say that a messy desk is OK because it's a sign of "genius"?

Just A Pen And A Phone

They used to say that a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind. This actually gave rise to an industry that focuses on helping executives clean their desktops to indicate their mental acuity. You've seen it in the movies- a boss sitting in his office atop a downtown skyscraper. And in his glass top desk you´ll find nothing else but an attractive pen for signing papers and a phone for giving directives.

Nonetheless, there are quite a number of people that say there's nothing wrong with a messy desk. A messy desk is just that, and it equates to a great mind. There are people who are so good at handling a messy desk that even if you can't see whether its made of wood or metal, they can easily leaf through a couple of sheets and hand in what you asked for in no time.

So What Works?

What works then? It's different strokes for different folks. It depends on what is more effective for you. Yes, you do need to get rid of some clutter in your desk, but having just a single item on it doesn't seem to be reasonable. There are different kinds of people. The creative types need to be surrounded by inspiration. Detail- oriented workers prefer having volumes of references at hand. It's for show, too. A messy desk means a worker has a lot to do and is busy. Or still, for others, a clean desk shows one is efficient and organized. Whatever suits you, whatever works, and whatever feels most comfortable is the answer to your office desk.

By the way, do you want to learn more about leadership in your company? If so, download your FREE eBook here: Guide to Elegant Courage Leadership

Jodi and Mike specialize in executive coaching with individuals and teams.

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