Who's to know if your soul will fade at all
The one you sold to fool the world
You lost your self-esteem along the way
--"Fake it" by Seether
One of the biggest things that separates contenders from pretenders in Corporate America - across all functional areas - is the ability to fake interest and attention.
You're in a 7-hour training class. Next week you're in a 3 hour ops review. Boredom happens.
If Darwin were a noted OD thought leader in business, he would write that an adaptation that allows some to survive and thrive is the ability to fake interest and attention with body language, eye contact and just enough participation to make it seem like they're engaged.
Does it matter? Competition is fierce. Only if you want to get further than you are now. The real players in corporate America look engaged - at all times - even when they aren't.
Look around at your next meeting. You'll know what I'm talking about. Some people have this type of opposable thumb, some don't.
Of course, faking it leads to learning because you're dialed in juuuuuust enough not to miss important shit.
Seether video below, people. Worth your time but a little NSFW. Happy Friday... (email subscribers click through for video)