Why Lazy People are the most Productive

“I’m not Lazy, I’m on Power Saving Mode” – Unknown

Think of Lazy as an ‘unwillingness to use energy‘. This can be a HUGE benefit to your organisation, if you can harness that energy correctly. You can use this Laziness in two ways – Passively or Pro-Actively.

Some options you have to use it Passively are as follows;

  • Allocate a ‘lazy’ person to the mind-numbing repetitive kinds of tasks & jobs
  • Allocate them a task that doesn’t take much thinking, but might be considered by others as dull or boring
  • Ensure they are working on tasks alone, that don’t involve others or teams. That way, their laziness doesn’t adversely affect others
  • Ensure whatever they are tasked does not affect quality or customer satisfaction, yet can be measured to ensure you achieve some tangible output


Best results are found by utlilising Laziness in a Pro-Active way. This is a great way to improve systems, processes & project completion. Remember, it’s simple an unwillingness to use energy, which can be beneficial in the following ways;

  • Reduce Process times – Ask a lazy person to look at an end-to-end process (completing paperwork, completing a project, approval processes, etc) and look for ways to simplify it, to use less energy. This can result in reduced meeting times, process time reductions, shorter lead times, quicker turn-arounds, etc
  • Automate Systems – a lazy person often wishes to simplify their day-to-day, so they will seek ways to automate as many systems & processes as possible, using software applications & technology. How can those savings be applied across all job functions?
  • Measure ROI’s – If it’s going to save them time & energy, a lazy person is willing to invest in resources, equipment or even time, to save time. They can be quite creative when it comes to showing massive ROI’s for any kind of investment approval they need.


This post isn’t about ‘protecting’ lazy people in your work environment, it’s more about how you can utilise their unique skill set in a more productive way.

Another more elegant word for Lazy is the use of the word Agile. By definition, Agile means Quick & Easy. Most of our training & certification programs are designed around the principles of Agile Leadership. In other words, ‘How can we Lead Effectively, more quickly and easily’?

Often, this means taking an innovative or disruptive approach, which is simply doing something different. Not different just for the sake of change, rather, different to make things quicker & easier. Area’s that Agile Leadership can be applied are;

  • Project initiation & on-time completion
  • Measurable ROI for Projects & Leadership capabilities
  • Succession Planning & Career Advancement
  • Communication & Leadership tools
  • Conflict Prevention
  • Strategic Alignment
  • Delegation
  • System & Process re-engineering
  • Coaching Framework
  • Much much mor