It’s about a move from the focus on “what” to “how,” from an orientation to the external world to one that includes our internal experience and from getting more out of people to investing more in them, so they’re more energized to bring the best of themselves to work.
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.