A call to (in)action

By Joe Truncale
In June 4, 2013

It comes as no surprise that entrepreneurs have what is often called a “bias for action”.  We make decisions quickly and we act on them just as fast.  Given the break-neck speed of technology changes and existing and emerging competition, this is usually a good thing.  But not always.

There is a relatively new but growing body of research pointing to the fact that in our hurry-up, multi-tasking world, something is being lost.  That something is the kind of breakthrough thinking that only deliberate, quiet, focused thought can bring.  If we are to innovate and create fresh, new, approaches to apply to any and all endeavors, quiet, reflective time is a requirement.

According to David Rock, author of “Your Brain at Work” and “Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work”, our thought processes work best under three conditions:

  • Moderate stress (very low levels of stress lead to boredom and lethargy; very high levels of stress lead to poor cognitive performance)
  • Positive affect or emotion (which creates just the right neurochemistry)
  • Proper rest including a good night’s sleep

Says Rock “We can’t solve complex problems with more effort; it requires switching off and quieting down the mind.  Respect the quiet and don’t fill every waking moment with stimulation because you won’t get the downtime needed to have creative breakthroughs”. 


So, what do you think?  Or more importantly, when and how do you think?

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