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David Pidsley
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Cognitive Overload & The Focus Movement

The author describes cognitive overload as "one of the most insidious, productivity-sapping maladies afflicting today's managers."

"Some chief executive clients of Icebreaker had banked up to 70,000--yes, 70,000--unread messages."
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"Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, says a worker distracted by something like a Web search gone wild or a new text popping up on the phone can take about 25 minutes to return to the task at hand."
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" At Google, employees take courses that help sharpen attention skills. At smaller companies such as Zumba and Box, the founders have devised their own methods, including putting aside large blocks of time to reflect, far from the madding crowd."
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"Why is focus so important to success? Academics such as Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist Eric Kandel say the best way to understand your competition, learn from your employees, chart a long-term strategy, or innovate is to have the mental discipline to home in on what really matters to your business. Only by intensely concentrating can you link new ideas and facts "meaningfully and systematically with knowledge already well established in memory," Kandel writes in his 2006 book In Search of Memory. Simply put, if you have the presence of mind to absorb new data, trends, and events -- and then synthesize them with what you already know -- you will be more likely to formulate the breakthrough idea."
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"In his latest book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, [psychologist Daniel] Goleman explores why people become distracted in the first place. In layman's terms, he explains that the prefrontal cortex of our brain, the outer layer that controls your executive functions--concentrating, planning, and synthesizing--is in a constant tug-of-war with the deeper, more atavistic sector where your impulses arise."
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"One approach to improve your concentration, says Goleman, is to make yourself aware of the three basic types of focus you apply from time to time: inner, other, and outer. Inner focus is the ability to listen to your deepest self, your "true north." Who are you, what are your values, why are you doing the work you're doing?"
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"Entrepreneurship professor Steve Blank, who teaches at Columbia, Stanford, and Berkeley and has co-founded four Silicon Valley startups, including MIPS Technologies, says Goleman's framework is perfect for entrepreneurs. Blank says leaders who can focus inwardly have a competitive advantage: They can function in turmoil--like great generals who can see through the fog of battle. "When a company is young and growing, it can be chaotic. In the same way, a good general knows a battle never goes according to plan so he needs to have the composure and focus to do triage in real time.""

#TodaysChallenges #Managers #BuildResilience
#leadership #overload 

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New on the Anticipate Change Blog: Data Storytelling for Disruptors

"Disruptive innovations have become common in these 'postnormal' times. Organisations that seek to be disruptive are fusing big data analytics with storytelling to nurture better business cultures. Narratives and data stories encourage participation in innovation. We share our recent experience and insights into data storytelling and disruptive innovation."

#AnticipateChange   #BigData   #Storytelling   #DriveInnovation   #DisruptiveInnovation   #Analysts   #SelfService  

Cause Analytics is here to help you navigate through Business Intelligence, understand today's challenges and tomorrow's technologies.

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Looking for evidence of technological unemployment? This older post from +Andrew McAfee at M.I.T. looks at the total output of manufacturing in the U.S. (in blue) and compares it to the total number of employees in manufacturing in the U.S. (in red). When you see output going up and labor going down`that means that work is happening, but that it's just not being done by humans. 

Source: http://andrewmcafee.org/2013/01/mcafee-technological-unemployment-us-manufacturing-econom/

#technologicalunemployment  
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"Confirmation bias is probably the single biggest problem in business, because even the most sophisticated people get it wrong. People go out and they're collecting the data, and they don't realize they're cooking the books.”
5 Biases of Business un-Intelligence
To effectively engage in data-driven decision making we must c onfront the five biases of business un-intelligence . U ntil the day when future BI technologies can help mitigate cognitive bias, b ig decisions call for a collaborative effort that harnesses d...

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"Thus, what enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge."

Chapter 13, The Art of War, Sun Tzu

#AnticipateChange #PredictiveAnalytics #DriveInnovation #HumanResources #MarketIntelligence
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Tech startups partnering with corporates help both surf the tidal wave of digital disruption

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Where are they who went before. In our pasts, we're inspired for tomorrow.

I've noticed a philosophy of "changing behaviour" from the public and third sectors. Sell something people want.

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"I don't want nobody to give me nothing. Open up the door, I'll get it myself." ~James Brown
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