5 Nov 2019
Regulating your attention seems easy from an intellectual standpoint. It’s just being disciplined and focused. But, as we find out once we try to do it, it’s not so easy - especially today with so many distractions occurring all the time. Why is that? We have to develop a capacity for greater mental effort which contributes to regulated attention.
30 May 2019
Focusing on what’s most important for achieving key objectives is challenging in the conditions of constant change. Fires, distracting issues, and ad-hoc challenges abound. It gets even more complicated in the context of meetings, where there are multiple people in the room - as each has the potential to shape the attention of the group with everything they say. It can be tempting for leaders to step in and be directive when attention and focus dissipates during a leadership team meeting they are running - but then this can foster dependence on them to get things done. So how can you support the development of focus in a team from an HR perspective while keeping members empowered?
10 May 2019
As leaders work to shape their attention, they develop a capacity to control their behavior, emotions, and thoughts in the pursuit of long-term goals. Rather than reacting by impulse, they develop the capacity to respond in a mindful way. In other words, they build their skill in thinking before acting. This is sometimes referred to as “regulating” attention, which involves directing attention consciously for a specific developmental purpose, and sustaining it there despite distraction.
3 May 2019
Leadership has many facets to it. It looks different in each organization, in each role, and even in each situation - which is part of the challenge, and also what makes it fascinating to study. As I reflect back on the set of skills I most commonly coach my executive clients and their teams on, there is one common trend. This is a secret habit, the “one skill to rule them all” if you will. And it will help those you support to grow and develop as a leader more than any other.