Intutition and Creativity vs Recovery and Effectivity − International Spring Event was a forum for lively discussions

Uutinen 28.5.2018

"I was inspired by the Event last year so I wanted to come again." "I can speak Finnish now but it's lovely to be here and be able to speak English with everyone."


These were comments from guests of the  International Spring Event organized by Suomen Ekonomit, The Finnish Business School Graduates and Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK,  on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. This was the third time we organized an event for our international members together with TEK. There were almost 100 attendees from all over the world. 

The Event was hosted by Pege Pirkola and Aleksi Holopainen, student liaisons at Aalto University. Their verbal battle on which association offers the best services to its members was a blast - the audience got a good laugh!

It's not Time Management - it's Mind Management 

The Key Note Speaker, Ambassador Bruce Oreck, took his audience by a storm. "Bad ideas are replicated time and time again because of reproductive thinking", he started. He explained that our mind is wired to lean towards the familiar and the world around us is everything but familiar. Old methods like working more hours or following old patterns of behaviour don't work anymore. 

We need to be more creative and use our intuition to succeed in this ever more complex world. "We live in an exponential world but biologically we are linear thinkers", Bruce Oreck pointed out. 

"We believe we can think our way out of the problem", Oreck said. But instead of solving the problem with our IQ the real solution is the EQ, Emotional Intelligence." It's our intuition that can solve the problems of today. 

But still - it IS Time Management

"It's good to know that we can work eight hours a day - and its fine", rejoiced one of the guests. 

Ted Apter from Suomen Ekonomit and Rina Knape from TEK talked about contemporary ways of arranging working time, the significance of recovery
and productivity. 

They pointed out a vicious circle which seemed to be unpleasantly familiar to many of the international guests. When your work influences your sleep, you don't recover well. When you don't recover well you tend to work longer hours to get the job done. And longer hours influence your sleep even more! 

The vicious problem was discussed in groups with several discussion topics. 

One group suggested we should have a three day weekend. You could really recover on Saturday, if you winded down from work on Friday and started preparing for the next week on Sunday.

This idea was echoed by the discussions on prioritization and effectiveness in the other groups. "Productivity is not about hours", one group summed up their discussion.  

Could it really be possible to be as productive in four working days if we really had a three day weekend? Could we then avoid the fate portrayed in the graph below?