The Genius of Nap Time

Greetings. When we were kids, nap time was an essential part of life and every school day. A chance to take a break, rest our minds and bodies, recharge our spirits, and keep the demons away. A time to journey far from the task at hand, if only for a matter of minutes, in order to possibly dream about new and even more amazing worlds.

And then one day we became adults and the notion of taking a nap became only a distant and comforting memory. After all, what company or organization in its right mind would want its employees to nod off when they could be slogging through all of the cool stuff in their in-boxes or struggling to stay alert in the day’s umpteenth meeting? Napping was viewed as the province of folks who were either total slackers, completely sleep deprived, or had a major iron deficiency.

Now the world, and particularly the business world, is changing, and none other than the Wall Street Journal is suggesting that taking a nap is possibly a good thing…and that “more naps, albeit short ones, might make for a more functional workforce.” And possibly even a more energized and innovative one. They report that there is actually an emerging art and a science to napping, and that new research in the field is more and more relevant to companies and organizations of all types.

It’s an interesting shift in our growing understanding of what makes people as productive and creative as possible… understanding that could provide remarkable benefits for workers and workplaces alike.

And that could change the parameters of what it means to be a great and supportive place to work.

Businessman sleeping at desk

We win in business and in life when we take the time to nap as a great way to recharge our batteries and our motivation to do the most important things in new ways.


Virtual Healthcare

Greetings.  There are a lot of ways that technology can be used to improve health and reduce the cost of healthcare.  One very exciting alternative is the use of video systems that connect local and regional hospitals to specialists in major medical centers who can provide expert diagnosis, second opinions, and even recommend appropriate treatment.  This is particularly powerful when time is of the essence, in cases such as stroke or severe trauma, and it isn't possible to get the necessary expertise directly to the patient.  Using a remote camera, smaller hospitals now have the ability to tap just the right specialist who can quickly "see" and assess the patient, review any tests that have been done, and communicate directly with the local medical team.  To learn more about this new development, check out today's feature by Ben Worthen in the Wall Street Journal.

Then try to imagine the role that a similar technology could play in making your company or organization more collaborative internally and more responsive in delivering compelling value to the customers you serve.  Here's a wonderful case of genius that is readily available and affordable that takes us far beyond the notion of simply using video to "conference" with our remote colleagues.  So try to stretch your thinking about the power of this and other related technologies in rethinking your business.  

We win in business and in life by bringing the right expertise to bear as quickly as possible.  What can you do today to provide your customers with all of your organization's genius?