Business Psychologist and author of 'Busy: how to thrive in a world of too much'. Hon Research Fellow, Birkbeck
Tony Crabbe is a Business Psychologist and writer who works with companies including Microsoft, Disney, News Corporation and HSBC. As a psychologist he focuses on how people think, feel and behave at work and in their broader lives.
His first book, ‘Busy: how to thrive in a world of too much’ uses psychology to rethink how we should respond to the information tsunami we all face; it explains that busyness is not an inevitable fact of life, but a brand, an addiction and a form of avoidance. It was published by Piatkus in the UK and Australia and is being translated into seven languages for publication around the world.
In his consulting, the core of his work is ‘doing things differently’. This means delivering lasting behavioural change by approaching problems unusually.
Tony took a degree in psychology at Edinburgh University and a Masters in Occupational Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. He is more pragmatic than academic. At heart Tony is a translator, taking quality research and brilliant thinking from psychology and other fields, and applying them meaningfully to everyday career and business challenges.
A big thrust of this work is helping people to raise their eyes from the day-to-day, to think and act differently, to produce the business breakthroughs that will propel their careers and their organizations forward.
Tony now works around the world, and lives for most of the year on the Mediterranean Coast in Denia, Spain with his wife, Dulcie, and three children. In the summer they migrate for two months to the cooler weather of the UK, where they live on their old wooden boat, Phoenix.
I work with a leader who is sloppy: a bit disorganised, he forgets things and at times drops the ball. He is also extremely successful and admired. The thing is, his sloppiness is interpreted (accurately) as big thinking and creativity. It occurs to me that I don't know any women in senior positions who are also sloppy and successful; that bothers me.
Life is full of moments which were always considered 'dead time': the walk to the station or the doctor's waiting room. This dead time may have felt irritating, but it created space in our lives for meditative thinking. The next time life creates an opportunity for dead time, seize it with both hands. Leave your phone in your pocket, the radio off, and allow your idle mind to wander, to experiment and to be brilliant.