It’s been a serious week… outsourcing, layoffs, and even a comparison of accounting standards. I don’t know about you, but I need a break. Something different… sort of like when we told you about the heavy heads of consultants.
I’ll keep it gender neutral [yeah, right… ]. I’m sure all of us have experienced the joy of looking forward to a night on the town with our significant other [wife] when we were halted before even leaving the front door. Where is [she]? What is taking [her] so long? Hey don’t we all know about the waste of waiting? We could be inhaling some sushi by now!
It’s usually the hair. A quick glance in the hallway mirror apparently indicated the need for some additional primping. I rapidly learned that removing the mirror was a band-aid, and not the root cause. The root cause is hair style.
I don’t have the patience to spend hours, or even minutes, getting ready in the morning. Aside from the joy of the hot shower, everything else can’t happen fast enough. Throw on a pair of jeans, sneakers, and the next Tommy Bahama shirt in line in the closet and I’m outta there. As an aside, my wife likes to joke that I’m "all Tommy, all the time." Perhaps every day is a bit much, but in the middle of a hectic day it is rather recalibrating to look down and see that tag that says "Relax."
My own hair style began as a rather shaggy look in school. That didn’t take much time in the mornings, but it wasn’t exactly professional once I entered the workforce. So eventually it morphed into a more refined, but longer look. No, those obviously aren’t photos of me. The new look worked, but it still took some time in the mornings. So over the last couple years it has changed again to the very short look. Very short. Jump out of the shower and it’s dry in about three seconds. Every [little] hair perfectly aligned. I like to call it my lean look. No waste of overprocessing going on. Contrast that to Fabio… he must have some extra time on his hands.
Women could do something similar. Imagine the time it must have taken for the old Britney Spears to do her hair. Hours? Of course I’m sure she didn’t do it herself, so she was probably figuring out what wild party to go to while "her people" did her up. But still. So I wonder if she accidentally read Lean Thinking and that did get her to thinking… with the result being her new look. And the big question… will she go back? Once you experience the joy of having a chunk of extra time in the morning, time to sip a cup of joe while reading blogs of course, it is hard to give it up.
But I guess I’m glad my wife’s ‘do doesn’t look like the new Britney, so I’ve learned to be more patient. And that gets me wondering… from the perspective of my customer [wife?], does my hair style create value? Does Fabio’s? Should I be worried?