No sooner had I sat down to write this article than I felt myself dawdling. First, I checked to make sure I had no new emails. Then, I looked at my phone to see if anyone had sent me a message. Next, I remembered that the office heater was leaking, and decided I needed to call the plumber immedia. . .
For many of the clients I work with, the type of absorbed creative focus available to the typical preschooler, armed with a box of crayons, is rare to say the least. They flit from task to task. When they do focus deeply, it's in order to work tactically—that is, narrowly.
The brain’s craving for novelty, constant stimulation and immediate gratification creates something called a “compulsion loop.” Like lab rats and drug addicts, we need more and more to get the same effect.
But what if people could simply be more efficient and productive during the time they are at work? What if there’s a win-win solution for employers and employees?
Coincidentally, these are increasingly critical qualities for leaders operating in a highly networked global economy. It is scarcely a surprise that women, who are encouraged to nurture those qualities from early in their lives, are consistently rated by their employees as better leaders than men.