Who is Tony Crabbe anyway?

Tony Crabbe is a Business Psychologist who splits his time between writing and consulting with companies including Microsoft, Disney, News Corporation and HSBC. As a psychologist he focuses on how people think, feel and behave at work. Whether working with leaders, teams or organizations, at its core his work is all about doing things differently. This means delivering lasting behavioural change by approaching problems unusually. For example he facilitated a project in Kenya and Peru which won the Optimas International Award. This brought senior leaders together from Microsoft, the World Bank and the United Nations, along with significant political figures to work on problems related to eradicating poverty.  This project won the International Optimus Award.

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 Norfolk Broads in the UK, where they live on their old wooden boat, Phoenix.

Tony wrote his book, ‘Busy’ not as someone who claims to have the solution; but as a fellow sufferer of busyness; as someone who also struggles with the limitless demands and distractions of our world of too much. He wrote the book because he was convinced there must be a better response than ‘busy’.

Busy: How to thrive in a world of too much

It’s difficult to ask anybody ‘How are you?’ without hearing the word ‘busy’ somewhere in their response. We feel overwhelmed by busyness because of the demands on our time: our inbox and our to-do list are bulging, a huge amount of people expect things from us and our organisations are trying to do more with fewer people.

“This is the best book I have read in the past 10 years!”
Professor Michael Marquardt, George Washington University, President of the World Institute of Action Learning