Get more great ideas - spend less time at work

In: BlogDate: Oct 31, 2013By: Henry Stewart

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…..


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Henry Stewart, Founder and Chief Happiness Officer

Henry is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happy Ltd, originally set up as Happy Computers in 1987. Inspired by Ricardo Semler’s book Maverick, he built a company with a reputation for some of the best customer service in the country and one of the UK’s best places to work, winning multiple awards for its culture and philosophy.

His first book, Relax, was published in 2009. His second book, the Happy Manifesto, was published in 2013 and was short-listed for Business Book of the Year.

Outside of work he is a father of three, was Chair of Governors at his local primary and comprehensive in Hackney and a very keen cyclist.

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