I have no time to think. Possibly the six scariest words uttered by a leader. But they don't scare us anymore because they are so commonplace. We don't need 10,000 employees to feel too busy to think. Almost all of us feel the same way.
It's not that we're unproductive; we're astoundingly productive. We produce deliverables. We make decisions. We create and spend budgets. We direct our teams. We write proposals.
Actually, in some ways, our productivity is the problem. Something's lost in an environment of manic productivity: learning.
These busy days, we rarely analyze our experiences thoughtfully, contemplate the views of others carefully, or evaluate how the outcomes of our decisions should affect our future choices. Those things take time. They require us to slow down. And who has the time for that? So we reflect less and limit our growth.