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TheHiddenDriverofExcellence byDanielGoleman

Attention/Focusworkslikeamuscle.Useitpoorly,anditcan wither;workitwellanditgrows.

Focuscomesinthreevarietiesandawelllivedlifedemandsthatwe benimbleateach: o Inner(selfmanagement) o Other(empathyforothers;relationships) o Outer(awarenessofbroadpatternsandcomplexsystems).

Topperformerswhetherineducation,business,sports,orthe artsusesmartpracticetoincreasetheirfocus. o Itisnotthesheernumberofhourstheyputintheso called10,000hourrulebutthewaytheypayattentionto theirperformance,rapidlyabsorbinghighlyspecific feedbackandengagingwithcoachestocorrecterrorsand addnewlearningonaroutinebasis.(i.e.,channelsurfing whilerunningonatreadmillwontgetyoutotheOlympics.) Itsnotthechatterofpeoplearoundusthatisthemostpowerful distractor,butratherthechatterofourownminds. Toomuchfocusonyourselfcanbeabadthing.Considerthestargolferwhooverthinkshisswing.But intentional,fullfocusisessentialwhenwerelearningnewthings. Ourmindwandershalfthetime,butitsnotalwaysabadthing.Thepositivefunctionsofmindwandering aregeneratingscenariosforthefuture,selfreflection,incubationofcreativeideas,andorganizing memories.Thiskindofopenawarenesscreatesamentalplatformforcreativebreakthroughsand unexpectedinsights. Theantidotetoattentionfatigueisthesameasforthephysicalkind:takearest.Thisdoesntmeansurfing theweborplayingaviolentvideogame,butratherfindingatotallydifferentimmersiveactivitytoengage in,suchastakingawalkinnatureorconnectingwithatrustedfriend. Otherfocusentailsempathyinthreeflavors: o Cognitiveempathy(Iunderstandhowyouseethings) o Emotionalempathy(Ifeelwithyou) o Empathicconcern(Iwanttohelp) Thecommoncoldofleadershipispoorlistening.Successfulleadersdeveloptriplefocusskillsbypaying attentiontoinner,outer,andother.

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