We are not machines…

by Gillian Campbell

31 Jan, 2017 at 11:43 am

So why do we think that we are?  An extensive research study by the centre for creative leadership found that professionals, managers and executives (PME’s) were interacting with their phones 13.5 hours a day during the working week. PME’s are now moving from meeting to meeting, barely able to keep up with a mountain of email, there is little time for reflection and actual leadership or creative reflection. Add to this the internal conflicts of the guilt of not supporting their direct reports or limited time with family and friends and you have a recipe for at the very least a PME who is increasingly unproductive and at the other end someone who is close to burn out. Humans are not machines, they work best incorporating a blend of periods of intense focus interspersed with breaks for reflection and recuperation. Frazzled  PME’s make bad decisions, lead poorly, and disengage the workforce. In short, we need to find a different way of working