The Mosquito and Productivity



Productive Leadership Tips


📌 You don’t need to be loud or pushy to be effective!

📌 Think about who you need to influence and how they might best be impressed and influenced – communicate to be understood. How might the other person or people prefer to received information, what sort of information does the people or people need to make the decision. Consider how to present that information … 

📌 You don’t need to have a specific title, experience, qualifications to make an impact!


I’d love to know what you think…





You no doubt have heard the meme or the quote by Betty Reese that goes, “If you think you are too small be effective, you have never been in a bed with a mosquito.” And last night, at sometime after midnight, I realised how effective a mosquito can be. It woke me up, and I was shooing it and been a crazy lady, trying to get rid of it. And then, because I was awake by then, I then started thinking about this quote, about if you think you’re too small to be effective, be a mosquito. And it made me think about the nuances, just the subtleties and the differences when it comes to thinking about this quote. And, the mosquito is annoying, and can potentially cause you life-threatening harm through disease-carrying. And so, well I get the analogy. Of course I get the analogy, and it’s a really good metaphor or analogy, for thinking about that you don’t really need to be huge, or to be out there, or to have done anything massive to actually have a real impact. However, what I would love to sort of extend the thinking on, is you don’t have to be a pain either. You don’t have to be annoying either. Because, I think that when we become the annoying, the greasy wheel, the, the person who doesn’t stop and pay attention to what might be a really, far more effective way to be of use and to be effective and therefore productive, is not necessarily through that – ‘eeeee’, ‘eeeeee’ –  way of doing it. It was just something that came to me in the dead of night, thanks to that mosquito. So, you don’t have to be big. If you think being small is something that means you’re not effective, of course, the mosquito’s a perfect analogy. But, how do you be a mosquito is probably the question there. And the impact that has on you, your productivity, and the productivity of those around you. Don’t be the annoying mosquito. But remember, you don’t have to be big to be effective. I’d love to know what you think. Thanks.

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