Leaders – do you have time to think?

June 10, 2010 4:35 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

By Alison Maxwell

I don’t know if you have come across Richard Feynman – the chances are if you have you will be a fan. He’s credited as one of the 20th century’s most brilliant physicist and original thinkers winning the Nobel Prize for all but rebuilding the theory of quantum electrodynamics …. we are not talking an intellectual slouch here! Most people first learned of him when he proved – live on TV – how the space shuttle Challenger met its untimely end. However you might not know he also studied Maya hieroglyphs, was a prankster, juggler, safecracker, bongo player, and was a proud amateur painter. The Guardian simply described him as ‘probably the coolest scientist who ever lived’. A genuinely engaging and inspiring leader.

When asked for advice from his students he would always reply “Don’t you have you got time to think?” and encourage them to carve out some time for themselves. Still a great question for leaders trapped in the constant busy-ness of the day-to-day.

 Don't you have time to think

So … have you got enough time to think? What is stopping you putting more time aside for some quality thinking time?


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