How many times did you find a solution to a problem while being in the elevator, exercising, preparing a cup of coffee?
For me, this happened hundreds of times and, of course, still happening. Did you ever wonder why?
Basically, our brains work with two different modes: focused mode and diffuse mode. The focused mode, where you are entirely attentive and try to resolve a problem with full attention, so the brain in this mode directs the question or the issue to the area of the brain that supposed to have a solution. On the other hand, your brain in the diffuse mode passes the problem through different areas of the brain looking for a solution. Your brain scan through the neural network, looking for answers. so maybe the issue can be resolved with knowledge related to some other domains or experience you have, and the brain collects the puzzle pieces for you. The diffuse mode becomes active while exercising, reading, taking a walk, driving, listening to music, and, of course, sleeping.
Work burnout affects creativity and productivity as it minimizes the space for any other non-work related activities. The one who is working for long hours, and during the weekends consistently, become less productive, and less innovative. And of course, there’s nothing to do with compensation or motivation to get this fixed. The space to practice different non-work related activities let them be smarter, also, help them find creative solutions for severe problems.
I always love to discuss a non-work related topic during the weekly team meeting. This team activity strengthens the bond between the team, and also help us to get out of the context, so we allow our brains to find a way and find solutions to the difficult questions.
By encouraging your team to practice non-work related activities, you help them to be smarter, so they can help you and the organization to achieve the best outcome.
Ahmed AbdelMoneim is a Program Manager with 17+ projects management centric experience and strong technical hands on experience in software development, services and products delivery including multi-dimensional exposure to different regions, countries, industries, technologies, sectors, and projects scales up to $6.5 million budget.
Ahmed is currently leading a Digital Transformation Program for 300+ UAE governmental services with 70+ resources in different countries where he manages programs and projects life cycles including planning, setting controls, monitoring progress, budgeting, risks, resources allocation, deliverables, stakeholders and interdependencies between different projects and programs. Before his current role.
Ahmed worked with different global and multinational organizations. One of his last roles was a Program Manager at Incorta, a Silicon Valley company, serving customers like Stanford, Facebook, and Starbucks. Known for “getting things done”, One of Ahmed’s key achievement is delivering the learning management system implementation for the largest Digital transformation project in the Middle East (Mohamed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program) for the year 2013/2014 in 123 schools across UAE while he was a Senior Project Manager at ITWORX Education. On 2019.
Ahmed became ICAgile certified and at the same year he co-founded Agile Club community which is a community that gathers people around knowledge, believes in Kaizen and that continuous improvement is better to be achieved through collective minds within a strong community and powerful echo-system.
Ahmed was graduated on 2002 from Ain Shams University with B.Sc. of commerce. Also, he acquired MCIT Software Development Scholarship on the same year. Ahmed enforced his professional experience with many technical and project management Certifications, and he became PMP certified on 2013. Ahmed is value driven leader who always looks for meaning beyond the surface and how what he does can enhance people lives. Ahmed is well known for his innovative problem solving, great communication skills and good sense of humor. He loves collaboration and building rapport among different types of teams. When it comes to people management, negotiation or decisions that involve different levels of stakeholders, Ahmed knows how to lead the way.
Ahmed was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. He has travelled to many countries around the globe and currently he is settled with his beloved family in Dubai, UAE.