The ingredient missing most often in companies' quest for innovation is reflection, according to Daniel Patrick Forrester, author of the book, "Consider: Harnessing the Power of Reflective Thinking In Your Organization."
It's too easy to become swamped in information in their efforts to deal with all that e-mail especially. Forrester tells Federal News Radio that knowledge workers spend only 5 to 10 percent of their time in reflection and 28 percent dealing with interruption and disruption.
You have to ask yourself, 'Am I really productive? Am I really contributing to the mission the way that I could? Am I focusing what little time that I have giving time to think and to deeply pull through issues-or am I simply coping?'
He also advocates creating a structured time to reflect; otherwise, it won't happen.