Too Busy To Succeed?


In our chaotic world we’ve stopped recognising what slows us down – or even trying to figure out WHY it slows us down.

No matter what it is that we are doing. Bizzarre, especially when the thing(s) that slowing us down is the actual work required to speed it up.

How screwed up is that?

Anything that slows us down ensures that we get frustrated. We sigh and shout at anyone that will listen. Which eventually leads to us having to work harder later to figure them out. Whether it’s the devil Power Point chart or some proposal involving drilling for truffle oil with soft shell piranha, we are all schooled never to make the result complex. Well not if you want anyone’s attention.

Trouble is you need their attention, Jeffrey Phillips said:

I’ve begun to wonder if the concept of innovation in large corporations is an exercise in pointless navel gazing. And no, this isn’t another bashing of brainstorming, or a recent conversion based on my experiences with faulty innovation logic. No, the challenge to innovation is based on the recent development of a core strength: focus, efficiency, time management. As businesses become more streamlined, more efficient, more time bound, there’s ever less time for contemplation, exploration, and, God help us, simply thinking about concepts, needs and alternatives. They are too busy to innovate.

There’s a balance – as the smart guy Mr A. Einstein suggested, “Make things simple but not too!” Right?



  • Nigel Rushman June 11, 2013

    No comment – no time . . . .

  • Macala Wright July 10, 2013

    I think we’re afraid of silence in our minds. In still and quiet, we’re forced to face more than business decisions in front of us. We’re forced to look at ourselves and realize that progression forward requires us to change things about ourselves that we may not be ready/willing to change.

  • Eirian Lewis July 11, 2013

    Giving up some of your day to think is OK. It just needs thinking about organising your time to allow for thinking.

  • Simon Freeman July 12, 2013

    I think the problem around innovation is easily solved. Ban the use of the word as a verb. Its use as an adjective is more appropriate. Innovative thinking, innovative solutions -> Good. He is innovating -> Bad.

    Innovate is simply the process of creating something new but it seems to have gained a strange different meaning these days.

  • John Caswell July 12, 2013

    Simon I agree with you completely. We need to ban the damn word. Along with quality, experience, creativity, value, leadership, toast, armadillo….and – and – and…

  • Nigel Rushman September 10, 2013

    Armadillo’s are generally good – the ones I have met anyway . . . .

  • Nigel Rushman March 30, 2016

    Quality Thinking time is the most valuable asset of a business.

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