Efficiency, as a general rule of thumb is good. Why carry out a task a certain way when you know that there is an easier way, a faster way, a more efficient way using fewer resources? Although we all know this and might readily agree to it, the majority of us don’t really practise it.
When walking, do we walk from point A to point B in as straight a line as possible or do we follow how the path meanders, allowing it to make us travel a little bit more everyday and taking up a little bit more of our time. When talking, do we add meaningless waffles and other unrelated issues before actually getting to the point? When listening, do we expect formalities and textbook like greetings before being willing to classify the speaker as polite and sensitive?
These issues although debatable, I think you can see where I am coming from. I think efficiency should be a way of life and not only mentioned during meetings or strategic-planning like discussions. Look at it this way, how can a business be more successful than the other? The more successful company is usually using relatively less resources and gaining a higher profit. So I believe in some weird way a person who does things more efficiently should be better as compared to a person who is less efficient.
God am I task oriented.