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IN PURSUIT OF
FOCUS
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2014
• “As hyper-connectivity expands, the ability to
focus has become an increasingly scarce asset
among people”
• “On an average day we
spend 2.1 hours on
distraction
• We’re distracted by
technology every 11
minutes, and it takes us
...
• Compulsively checking Twitter feeds and
emails is only one of the multitudes of
distractions that can keep us from becom...
FOCUS IS NOT ONLY A SCARCE RESOURCE AMONG LEADERS TODAY, BUT ALSO ONE OF
THE KEYS TO THEIR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE
Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa at the University of Navarra in
Spain
How to recover focus as a means of nu...
• Focus is essentially a discipline.
• Exercising it requires starting with the basics:
A FOCUS ON THE SELF
Time and
self-managEment
• Identifying and managing your own personal
resources is an important aspect of self-
management, and one of these resour...
•Science says that we are at our energetic best first thing in the
morning, that’s when we have most of our focus
•For the...
• THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE AT THE
HEART OF SELF-MANAGEMENT IS TO KNOW
YOURSELF
• We all come into this life equipped with an
array of strengths and personal resources,
• “Though we may not even be awar...
• With the process of discovering what these
strengths are and attaining the self-realisation
known as “flow,” the state o...
Flow-friendly environment
• The focus achieved through the practice of
self-management spreads out from individuals
to benefit the organisation as a...
• Important not only to recruit individuals who
understand their strengths and priorities, but
also to create flow-friendl...
Former Patagonia
CEO Michael Crooke
When you get a high-
powered team
together and you
really get into a zone,
“you’ll syn...
TO CONCLUDE
• Although it may be elusive in our hyper-connected,
fast-paced world of distraction, FOCUS is an asset
worthy...
• Self-management being one of the prime building
blocks of strong leaders and, consequently, of
successful organisations
...
• By developing a better ability to understand
and mindfully manage our own strengths and
priorities, we can then turn our...
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In pursuit of focus

  1. 1. IN PURSUIT OF FOCUS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 12, 2014
  2. 2. • “As hyper-connectivity expands, the ability to focus has become an increasingly scarce asset among people”
  3. 3. • “On an average day we spend 2.1 hours on distraction • We’re distracted by technology every 11 minutes, and it takes us 25 minutes to refocus our minds on the deep, creative work we were doing before we were distracted.”
  4. 4. • Compulsively checking Twitter feeds and emails is only one of the multitudes of distractions that can keep us from becoming an asset to our co-workers and companies.
  5. 5. FOCUS IS NOT ONLY A SCARCE RESOURCE AMONG LEADERS TODAY, BUT ALSO ONE OF THE KEYS TO THEIR ABILITY TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE
  6. 6. Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa at the University of Navarra in Spain How to recover focus as a means of nurturing the creativity, productivity and innovation that strengthen performance and often lead to success
  7. 7. • Focus is essentially a discipline. • Exercising it requires starting with the basics: A FOCUS ON THE SELF
  8. 8. Time and self-managEment
  9. 9. • Identifying and managing your own personal resources is an important aspect of self- management, and one of these resources is time
  10. 10. •Science says that we are at our energetic best first thing in the morning, that’s when we have most of our focus •For the first 90 minutes of your work day, do only important work •Use your best hours to do your best work
  11. 11. • THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE AT THE HEART OF SELF-MANAGEMENT IS TO KNOW YOURSELF
  12. 12. • We all come into this life equipped with an array of strengths and personal resources, • “Though we may not even be aware of most of them.”
  13. 13. • With the process of discovering what these strengths are and attaining the self-realisation known as “flow,” the state of concentrated or complete absorption with the activity at hand.
  14. 14. Flow-friendly environment
  15. 15. • The focus achieved through the practice of self-management spreads out from individuals to benefit the organisation as a whole.
  16. 16. • Important not only to recruit individuals who understand their strengths and priorities, but also to create flow-friendly environments which maximise employees’ ability to reach and contribute their potential.
  17. 17. Former Patagonia CEO Michael Crooke When you get a high- powered team together and you really get into a zone, “you’ll synchronise and achieve excellent results”
  18. 18. TO CONCLUDE • Although it may be elusive in our hyper-connected, fast-paced world of distraction, FOCUS is an asset worthy of every leader’s and every organisation’s attention.
  19. 19. • Self-management being one of the prime building blocks of strong leaders and, consequently, of successful organisations • Executives who are able to step out of the immediate demands inherent in managing others to master the art of focus will tend to be a greater asset to their organisations and colleagues
  20. 20. • By developing a better ability to understand and mindfully manage our own strengths and priorities, we can then turn our attention to the larger challenges of our organisations and the world around us

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