Is “busyness” destroying your creativity and leadership?

It has been called a cult.

For around 200 years, the power of this cult has been growing.

That cult is dedicated to one seductive idea – busyness.

This cult insists that a good life is one of constant activity and application, where every hour of the day must be filled with intense activity.

The cult is making us tired and stressed.

Worse, it is based on flawed thinking.

To be truly productive and reach our potential, we actually need breaks, time away, inactivity and normal time for the mind.

Albert Einstein hated “busyness” and was a big advocate of taking a walk or a swim when he encountered a problem – and he always came back with the solution.

Do you have time for this? If you are a fully signed up member of the “busyness cult”, no doubt you do not have time.

Feeling exhausted? Have a quiet, slow day and turn away from the drug of busyness. You might be amazed.

Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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