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Work Less, Get More Done

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Most of us firmly believe that there is a linear relationship between the hours we work and the productive results that we generate, at least to the point of sheer physical exhaustion.  Research has begun to show, however, that it’s more complicated than that.  That, in fact, the stressors that keep us from focusing and generating results, kick in much earlier.

ATD :: Attention Deficit Trait

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I have it, and so do many of you to a more or lesser degree. 

Attention Deficit Trait (ADT) is a term used to describe the effects of a persistent state of information overload that can be generated in our digital world.  Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell first used this term in his 2005 Harvard Business Review essay, Overloaded Circuits:  Why Smart People Underperform. 

The Measurement of a Leader

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Today’s Tuesday Reading, The Measurement of a Leader, is an essay by Jeff Sherrill, Assistant Director for Information Technology, College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.  The essay first appeared as a program reflection earlier this year.

Practice, Practice, Practice

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Practice is a word that is frequently used in leadership development.  For example, we can use practice to indicate engagement in a profession – I have a practice in engineering;  or to indicate development of a skill – I habitually practice my listening skills;  or to signify continual development of a skill – I practice the piano for four hours each day so that I can continue to hone my skills for performing as a concert pianist. 

 

Givers and Takers

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We have all grown up in a give and take world.  Remember the times when you were small and were either willing to share your toys and stuffed animals with your older/younger siblings, or wanted to accumulate as many of them as possible whether you were playing with them or not, or were willing to trade one of your objects for one of your younger/older sibling’s objects.  This behavior continues to play out in our lives throughout our careers.  And, it is the subject of Adam Grant’s 2013 book Give and Take as well as numerous essays and presentations.

Questions

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning … Never lose a holy curiosity.”                                  Albert Einstein

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