Focus like the best CEO’s or Olympic athletes by using these 10 methods to drive away distractions.
Today I believe a Mission Statements should optimally be 8 to 10 words in length. I did not always believe this to be true, as you will see from the example below from my first company. Today, I would call this a statement of belief, rather than a mission statement. Our Mission Statement was captured […]
A study by Erik Altmann, associate professor of psychology, found that brief interruptions doubled the error rate for participants performing a difficult sequential task. The research was done at the University of Michigan on behalf of the US Navy, and it has widespread implications. “So why did the error rate go up?” Altmann said. “The […]
When I was working at CoCo, a collaborative work space in Minneapolis, my tablemate John said to me, “I have been an emphatic talker my whole life and now it’s time for me to become an emphatic listener.” The term got me thinking. What does it mean to be an emphatic listener–to listen with emphasis? […]
Each of us has a world view which is formed based on a certain set of beliefs, values and attitudes that you think is true based on the conditions, environment and experiences you have had since you were born.
Focus on the Goal, Not the Problem When I first meet with clients, they tend to want to focus on their current state (or the organization’s) and specific challenges. They want to vent. Sometimes venting helps them decompress, but too much venting can result in defeatism and paradigm paralysis. They visualize former failures and predict […]
If you are trying to figure out who you are as a leader and what you believe, it is good to go backwards before you go forward. That’s because your current beliefs are often a product of or reaction against parental influence.
If your work or routine needs revitalizing, pack up and go somewhere else. Go to a coffee shop, the public library, a local art center, the park, even a hotel lobby. You might not only get new ideas and new routines, you might also get new customers or contacts.
Focusing, by definition, will narrow your field of vision. That’s great…if you are on the right path. Not so great if you and your team are trying to solve the wrong problem. How do you and your team keep yourself open not only to new solutions, but also to new problems?
Focus I am an avid photographer, and when taking pictures I am focused on focus. Without focus, the shot is a bust. What do I want in focus? and What do I want out of focus? are questions I ask. A wide aperture provides minimal depth of field (only a small portion of what is in the […]
How to Prepare for a Meeting The first three steps of meeting preparation are: 1. Set a clear and achievable goal for the meeting How to Prepare for a Meeting: Steps #1 & 2 that is in line with the organization’s vision and mission 2. Choose the appropriate type of meeting: decision-making, informational, motivational, or creative […]
Leadership is seeing how one small change like using an overhand knot verses and underhand knot to tie your shoe can have massive improvement in performance. Are you peeling back the onion and exploring how small changes can be substantial.