Daniel Pink: 4 ways to create space to innovate

When it comes to innovating, New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink has a solution: Block out some time.

In fact, Pink suggests taking a page from George Shultz, the former U.S. Secretary of State who served under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Shultz famously instituted the “Shultz Hour,” where for one hour every week, he would close his office door, sit at his desk with only a pen and a pad, and quietly reflect on strategy.

“The only people allowed to interrupt him during that hour were his wife and President Reagan,” Pink says. “He would work on the business rather than in the business. He wasn’t putting out today’s fire. He was thinking about what the business is about.”

In this clip, Pink outlines multiple ways to create space in your day and why it’s critical to long-term success.


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