Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A 4-Hour Workweek for the Cabana Boy?

I picked up a book for Casey the other day that is quite popular lately in the business world. It's been on the bestseller list for a while  - called the 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. I read through it quickly. It's got a lot of very familiar management, time management, prioritization and motivational aspects he picked up from many of my favorite authors over the years. The unique spin is how he encourages people who have portable skills that need not be placed based to go virtual, outsource all aspects of your business or work you can, and become an virtual entrepreneur. Clearly not everyone can do this, although many professionals could, such as software developers, graphic designers, consultants, etc. But what about a cabana boy?

There is a lot of work which is place based and relationship based and is based on 1:1 direct, not virtual, communication. You cannot give a hug over the internet. A cabana boy's job is pretty much 27x7x7. As much as I would like to outsource many aspects of it - I think it would be a tough sell to have a virtual assistant in India provide Meagan the emotional support she needs at various times. Maybe outsourcing the logistics of travel and accommodations if we are regular visitors to Bethesda. But not the hugs.

No comments:

Post a Comment