Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Thinking Siesta

Italy, Portugal and Spain stand alone with their national HR practices: They have siesta as part of their office hours.

What about a idea time, a reflection hour, a thinking siesta?

In Letters To Thinkers, Edward de Bono proposes a "thinking space" and allocated "thinking time" in an organisation to encourage the deliberate application of thinking tools in a pre-specified manner. 

Like, "Between 2-3pm, let's use Method ABC to address issue X, Y and Z. Write down our ideas and present them at 4pm."

It could be once a week. Or a fortnight. The point is - like 'lunch' - to set aside time to do something important. Unlike 'lunch', though, a thinking siesta could potentially impact the future (of the organisation, the community, the individual) in a powerful way.

Is there a downside to this?

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