23 Dec “It Must Be Nice To Start Work So Late”

tardy point to watch AIt’s a routine day. My alarm goes off at 4:50am. I wake up and head to Starbucks to knock out my biggest project of the day. 100 minutes later, I head back home to help my daughters get ready for school while I get ready for work. At 8:00am sharp, my daughters run to the corner and pretend that a bus will be picking them up…but it’s only me. We drive to school and each of us choose our favorite Kidz Bop song to hear. Exactly three songs later, we arrive at school for drop-off. Finally, three blocks later, at 8:20am, I walk into the Wisconsin Athletic Club to start my day job as the GM.

Over the last year, I’ve jotted down the following phrases that people have said to me as I walked in or out…

  • “It must be nice to start work so late.”
  • “Bankers hours, huh?”
  • “You’re just rollin’ in now? (while staring at their watch)?”
  • “Are you sleepin’ in again?”
  • “You’re rarely in your office.  I usually see you walking around.”
  • “Are you working out again?
  • “You’re leaving already?”
  • “You’ve been out a lot this week.  Do you ever work?”

I bet you can relate. Unfortunately, I’ve been guilty of saying the same types of things to people as well. In fact, I think I’ve experienced this at every “job” I’ve ever had. So, why do we do this? Do we think it’s a way to develop a relationship? If so, bad move. All it does is irritate people and create guilt in people for not working enough. What I’ve noticed is that the people who say the negative statements are the same ones who ask me how I do so much and stay so happy and healthy. Perception is not reality.  Don’t judge a path until you’ve walked it.  Why make someone feel down when they walk in as if they had done something wrong? If this is you, just stop.

Fortunately, 99% of people are uplifting and say “Good morning!  How are you?” For the 1% who say negative things to you, don’t get defensive. Instead, take a deep breath, smile and visualize your why. What goes through my mind when I hear these things? While I don’t respond out loud, I confidently think through them and know that I’m doing the right things.

  • “It must be nice to start work so late.”
    • Me: “It is! I try to do nuts and bolts before I walk in the door, so that I can be a present leader during the day.”

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  • “Bankers hours, huh?”
    • Me: “Yep!  I’m extremely blessed to be able to drive my kids to school every day.”
  • “You’re just rollin’ in now (while staring at their watch)?”
    • Me: “I am!  This morning, one of my girls had a Christmas party at school, and it was a blast.”
  • “Are you sleepin’ in again?”
    • Me: “Yes. I’m very consistent with going to bed and waking up to insure 7 hours of sleep a night.”
  • “You’re rarely in your office.  I usually see you walking around.”
    • Me: “Correct.  I’m lucky to have a mix of sitting and moving in my leadership role.”
  • “Are you working out again?”
    • Me: “You bet.  I schedule my daily workouts just like any other daily meetings. The workouts energize me and make me more productive.”
  • “You’ve been out a lot this week.  Do you ever work?”
    • Me: “You’re right!  For privacy, I planned my managers’ performance reviews off-site for a couple hours each day this week.”
  • “You’re leaving already?”
    • Me: “Absolutely!  I’m going to visit Santa and go on a sleigh ride through the city with my kids.  They’ve been eagerly asking about it for days.”

Thankfully, I have the endorsement of the people who lead me. They trust me. Looking back at the head basketball coaches that I have worked with, I had immaturely wondered why their support staff arrived earlier than they did. Now I get it. The higher you go, the more people want your time, and the more alone time you need to be great. Realize that some people are night people and come in late.  Some people are morning people and leave early.  Some people are all day people and come and go to recharge and recover. Either way, trust your team and stop tracking hours — their confidence and productivity will soar.

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My advice to you…be confident and feel secure. You’re doing amazing things out there. Enjoy some time away with your loved ones over the holidays. Take a deep breath, smile and visualize your why.

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