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What leaders DO: have ah-ha moments

by Miki Saxon

I love Google Alerts, they help me find stuff I’d never find on my own making it easy for us non-surfing, lazy folks.jim_estill_cdn.jpg That’s how I happened to see the post on CEO Jim Estill’s blog. You need to read it (it doesn’t take that long) for the rest of my post to make sense.

Following Jim’s lead, block out at least an hour a week (more is better) to stop being busy—no email, no texting, no phone, no surfing, no ipod, no TV, no nothing—and just let your mind roam. Don’t push it, let it mull. Suggest subjects, but don’t force them if your mind wants to go elsewhere.

It will take some practice and don’t be surprised if you hear your mental mulling gears creaking in their effort to turn, but persevere. The results will be well worth the effort.

And if you’re working to increase innovation in your company you’ll find integrating an uncharted hour into your corporate culture will go a long way to making that happen.

Busy is not conducive to creative thinking!

Think about which gives the highest ROI then print it and tape it on your monitor, the mirror’s in the restrooms and wherever else you choose.

Then DO it.

When do you do your most creative thinking?

Your comments—priceless

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2 Responses to “What leaders DO: have ah-ha moments”
  1. Bob TurekNo Gravatar Says:

    But I love surfing- you know, the dolphins, the waves, and the peace. My most creative moments are in the car driving to my next surf. I always get great ideas. It used to be when jogging- I would take a piece of paper and a pen along. (Surfing took over from jogging but you have to concentrate too much to be creative while surfing).

  2. Miki SaxonNo Gravatar Says:

    Hey, Bob, whatever works. Have fun with your woody and hope you hang ten every time:)

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