"I get very little sleep which sparks creativity during the weirdest times and places. I've become much better at capturing it than my peers because I've had so many nights where I've stayed up with an idea and I figured it out. I've had some that I've completely lost in the more insomniac phases of my life but, generally speaking, my smartphone, laptop and notebook keep me plugged in with my ideas.
At MeritBuilder, our organization was built around people flaunting their weaknesses. Manic episodes of coding, writing and creative work followed by downtime of administrivia suited everyone and gained more productivity. I believe that embracing weaknesses is at the crux of smart talent management. It is overlooked consistently in the face of strengths but can be just (if not more) powerful."
Next time you have trouble sleeping, don't take an Ambien. Remeber Lance's story and ask yourself how you could take advantage of the late night hours while everyone else is wasting their time on sleep.