Secret Sauce for Great Leaders

What’s the one thing we all wish we had want more of?

You guessed it…TIME!

It’s why we have life hacks and endless books and processes on efficiency, effectiveness and productivity.  Every week we try so hard to perfect our calendars to make sure every minute of our day so we don’t waste one minute of our day.

BUT as leaders I think we are missing something. Let’s take a look at some timeless wisdom from leaders who’ve gone before us.

The New York Times once wrote of former Secretary of State George Schultz:

His hour solitude was the only way he could find time to think about the strategic aspects of his job.  Otherwise, he would be constantly pulled into moment-to-moment tactical issues, never able to to focus on larger questions of national interest.

Albert Einstein said:

“I take time to go for long walks on the beach so that I can listen to what is going on inside my head.  If my work isn’t going well, I lie down in the middle of a workday and gaze at the ceiling while I listen and visualize what goes on in my imagination.”

Mozart said:

“When I am traveling in a carriage or walking after a good meal or during the night when I cannot sleep-it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly.”

Even a Stanford study showed that walking increases creativity by 60%.

When we create the space in our day and week to think and even better hear ourselves think, we have the room to ponder, wonder, dream, strategize, and decide what’s best.

So, your challenge for the week is to ALLOW for whitespace in your calendar.

Go on a 20 minute walk or shut off your laptop for 10 minutes and stare out the window.

Your mind and body will thank you and so will your team!

  • Excerpts taken from Morgan Housel’s book, Same as Ever.

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