Last week I was in Barcelona speaking to the international conference of the Dogs Trust, and exploring overwork. I asked a simple question of everybody there:
Think of a great idea you’ve had in the last year? Where did you get that idea?
The answers included “in the bar”, “in the shower” and “walking the dog”. Out of 300 people, only two got their idea at work. This is always the case. People rarely get great ideas at work. I normally get mine while out cycling.
So the choice is simple:
Spend endless hours at work and settle for less innovation
Spend less time at work and have more great ideas.
It is back on the bike for me…..