Executive coach: Too much work is making you stupid
October 20, 2013
• And it could be sapping your team, too
• “It’s about the level of contribution you’re making in your own life, to your business and to your team
For Californians, the 80-hour workweek is commonplace. For proof, look at the sea of tail lights headed over the mountain passes from the Central Valley to Los Angles or the Bay Area any weekday at 4 a.m. – and the rivers of headlights headed back to homes in the Valley well after sundown.
But are these long days merging into long weeks and months good for the worker or their companies?
Probably not, says bestselling author, executive coach and leadership expert Tasha Eurich.
"We actually get stupider when we work too much," says Ms. Eurich. “It’s based on science. It’s not a wild claim.”
She says executives need to keep the science in mind that says that at about 50 hours of work in a week, the human mind becomes less acute and inefficiencies begin to surface.
(Tasha Eurich talks about time and talent management in today’s CVBT Audio Interview. Please click on the link below to listen now or to download the MP3 audio file for later listening, such as on that two- or three-hour commute tomorrow.)
“It might be slightly different for each of us, but as a whole I think that our society has gotten to a point where we gauge our level of importance by the busyness of our schedule,” says Ms. Eurich. “That’s why I think it takes a very courageous leader to recognize that’s a trap and realize that it’s about the level of contribution you’re making in your own life, to your business and to your team.
Ms. Eurich is author of the new book, “Bankable Leadership.” She says the book is about a series of behaviors that leaders in any industry can learn, leading to “the ability to balance creating happy people while at the same time driving results for your business.”