Great athletes have long understood that intermittent rest and renewal are critical to sustainable high performance. Even machines break down if they’re not regularly maintained. Not even the most talented and passionate people can run on empty.
At the risk of losing all credibility, I believe our attention crisis has reached a new Defcon level.
It’s also a fallacy that individuals spending more hours at work translates into a more robust economy.
Given the extraordinary success of these men, the obvious question is whether being relentlessly hard on people, and even cruel, may get them to perform better.
What seems undeniable is that we need more leaders who make people feel the way Ms. Doughtie made me feel. I say that for a simple reason. The better leaders make us feel – including about ourselves — the better we are likely to perform.