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

or

Spend less time at work and have more great ideas.

It is back on the bike for me…..

 

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Henry is founder and Chief Happiness Officer of Happy Ltd. Following a fairly disastrous job early on in his career, Henry was determined to discover what enabled a productive and happy workplace. In 1987 Henry set up what was originally called Happy Computers. 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 book, the Happy Manifesto, was published by in 2013.

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

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