Skip to main content

Beware of Wombats & Other Vampires

You are surrounded by dangerous WOMBATS.
They’re everywhere. Sometimes they hide in plain sight, easy to spot. Other times they are well camouflaged, requiring heightened awareness to identify them. You need to stay alert, it’s important to avoid them.


  • WOMBATs resemble ordinary, productive tasks. However, they are vampires for time and resources, weapons of mass distraction.
  • WOMBATs are seductive. Working on a WOMBAT feels productive.
  • WOMBATs are bad for your career.
  • WOMBATs are bad for your business.
  • WOMBATs infiltrate your work day (and your personal time). Strike them down.
  • WOMBATs may be be ingrained in your company culture: “We’ve always done it that way…” 
  • WOMBAT Metamorphosis Alert: A task or project that was productive in the past can evolve into a WOMBAT in today's environment.
  • Your comfort zone is populated with WOMBATs. More on comfort zones, here.
  • Some people are WOMBATs in disguise. Stay away from them, they are vampire WOMBATs.
  • If you don’t control your WOMBATs, your WOMBATs will control you.
  • Identifying & exterminating WOMBATs is an essential career, management, and life skill. Eliminating WOMBATs is not easy, nor popular - WOMBATs can be quite likeable. You must be sensitive, yet firm. "No WOMBATs allowed."
  • I know people who create "not-to-do" lists, in essence a compilation of WOMBAT warnings. Creating this list is a WOMBAT.
  • A calendar can be a productivity tool. Maintaining an extensive to-do list is a WOMBAT. 
Peter Drucker said this about WOMBATs,

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
WOMBAT: Waste of Money, Brains And Time
Wombats are short four-legged, muscular marsupials that are indigenous to Australia. Three to four feet in length, they weigh up to 100 pounds. Farmers, and savvy business managers, find them to be hazardous.

Randa Accessories - Australia, based in Melbourne, has a Wombat-Buster Squad (WBS) dedicated to the humane eradication of business WOMBATs. "Who you gonna call?" For troublesome Wombats, call Dene.

WOMBATs may start small and look harmless, even attractive.
Unless eliminated, WOMBATS grow and multiply.
WOMBATs will consume your resources.
Please, help your fellow associates: Share your WOMBAT stories. Comment on this post.
Of course, you should not spend a lot of time sharing your WOMBAT stories - that would be a WOMBAT.
(c) David J. Katz, 2016 - New York City

Popular posts from this blog

Warning, Car Porn

The signature feature is the Rolls Royce Wraith’s Starlight Headliner, consisting of 1,340 LEDs hand-sewn to create an effect of owning one’s personal night sky filled with stars...

Warning, content below represents a man's libidinous fascination with an automobile. It is not Lolita; after all Bradley Berman, the author, is not Nabokov and the Wraith is not underaged. Nonetheless, I find myself simultaneously repulsed... and seduced. David J. Katz

Annotated Guide To Men's Belts

The Complete Guide To Men’s BeltsArticle By  on 11th March 2014 | @gabrielweil


Discounts, Discovery & Delight: 3Ds for Retail Success

In fashion and retail, Dopamine is the drug of choice. Technically, Dopamine is the neurotransmitter of “desire.” Dopamine leaps across synapses in our brain to control our reward and pleasure centers. It enables craving. It induces repeat behaviors. It makes us want more. Therefore, it is in our best interest to create products and experiences which induce the release of dopamine in our consumers. We could use some dopamine for ourselves, too. In our fashion and retail world, there are three primary stimuli, "3Ds," we can control to deliver hits of dopamine: Discounts, Discovery and Delight.