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Multitasking to Success? Not Likely!

I was meeting the other day with a new corporate client.  This young woman was an up and coming executive within the health care industry.  We had just begun our work together, with this being our second meeting.

While our time together progressed, my client must have glanced towards, or checked in some way, her “smart phone” three or four times over the course of our first fifteen minutes.

I commented on her split attention and asked her to turn off the phone and just be focused on our time together for the next forty five minutes – fully focused upon our work.  The look on her face would have lead someone not knowing my request, to think I had asked her to do something exceptionally distasteful…maybe even illegal!

Through our discussion around my request it became quite clear that she had NEVER turned off her phone – it was always on.  This meant she was always connected, always available, always “on.”

She explained that this level of being available and connected was the status quo at her corporation and essentially had been the status quo since she was at University.  “What if I miss something really important?” she asked. “I’m not productive if I’m not juggling a number of issues, projects, or conversations at once!” she stated.

This multitasking misconception arises quite often, especially with high performers who see their success as driven by the ability to do many tasks at the same time.

Yet, there is a downside to always being “on.”  Consider:

  • “Attention Deficit Trait,” a new condition rampant in the business world, which mimics Attention Deficit Disorder and results from extreme multitasking behavior.
  • Researchers at the University of California found it took workers on average, 25 minutes to recover focus and attention after interruptions such as phone calls or answering email.
  • Dr. Rene Marois of Vanderbilt University found evidence of a “response selection bottleneck” that occurs in the brain when it is forced to respond to multiple tasks.  This results in diminished productivity.
  • In a 2008, a piece within the New York Times by Jonathan B. Spira, an analyst with the business research firm Basex, “estimated that extreme multitasking – information overload – costs the U.S. economy $ 650 billion a year in lost productivity.”  And that was in 2008!

Is it possible that any of the above might contribute to the 33% worker productivity rate in the U.S? 33%!!!

There are also other, more personal costs.  This particular client was referred to me due to increasing conflicts between her staff and those in her chain of command – she had become “hard to work with” and was close to losing the job she so valued.

Additionally, her marriage was on the verge of divorce and she had been diagnosed with digestive/intestinal issues primarily caused by stress.

Coincidence?  Not likely!

Sound familiar?  Chances are if you are reading this then you have experienced, or know someone close to you who has experienced, a very similar chain of events.

Take time to focus within the moment, express gratitude, and disconnect at least once daily.  You will find you are actually more productive, healthier, and happier.  Then lead all those around you to do the same!

 

Greg Styles

Director of Special Projects

Executive Coaching University

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Leading vs. Managing

By: Jenna Forster

 

Are you Leading or are you Managing?

Turnover can cost a company 24 times a person’s salary.

More than two million workers say their bosses are so overworked they don’t really have time to manage their staff properly.

80% of people never use their greatest gifts at work.

Sound familiar?  Can you recognize this within your own organization?

What’s happening within our workforce to allow for this impact of statistics?  Most organizations are running at about a 33% human capital, aka your employees, efficiency.  Why?

We believe it comes down to poor leadership; it ripples from the top down.  We have spent so much energy creating “good managers” that we have become disengaged with what it means to be a good leader.

Managing comes from a need to produce an outcome which is very big reality however, when we can move to a place of leading those around us the organizational momentum transforms.  Your employees more than anything want to make a contribution.  It’s time to lead that charge and enable your workforce through focus, alignment, action and accountability.

 

Jenna Forster

Director of Operations and Training

Executive Coaching University

 

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Coaching in the Workplace

By: A. Drayton Boylston

 

All of your employees are happy and productive, right?  Thought so…

According to Gallop (and other leading survey firms) here is the reality:

  1. 75% of people wished they had a different job
  2. 51% of “A” workers are actively looking for a different job
  3. Worker productivity is only at 33%
  4. Lack of engagement costs U.S. businesses over $385 BILLION a year!

What do you think of these smelling salts?!

Coaching can address all of these issues…in fact; it may well be the ONLY thing that can cure these workplace “ills.”

If you don’t have a coaching strategy in your organization, I can guarantee you one thing—these statistics will not go down…

Coaching is the “cure.” Isn’t it time you used coaching to focus on your most important asset…your people?

 

A. Drayton Boylston

Founder and CEO

Executive Coaching University

 

 

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ICF Certification!

BIG NEWS TODAY!

We just received word that our flagship Executive Coaching Training Program (CMEC) was approved by the International Coach Federation! We can now award 15 CCEUs (credit hours) toward coaching certifications with the ICF. This is a wonderful compliment to our SHRM certifications.

This is such a beautiful reflection on our entire team. Congratulations to all of you!

Many thanks to all of you for your support over the years. We are so blessed…

You can find details here:

http://www.executivecoachinguniversity.com/

Warmly,

Drayton

Founder and CEO

www.RescueInstitute.org

www.ExecutiveCoachingUniversity.com

 

 

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Announcing The Executive Coaching University!

It is with great pride that we announce the launch of The Executive Coaching University! This has been in the works for quite awhile and we are so very pleased to see it come to fruition. It has been an amazing team effort.

For all the details, please click here:

Executive Coaching University Overview

Our mission continues to be to serve corporations and individuals through Coaching. We felt the best was to do that was to separate our corporate training from our personal training programs so that we could hyper focus on each respectively. We knew that we needed to create a separate identity for our corporate programs, thus The Executive Coaching University was born!

The Executive Coaching University is part of our Rescue Institute family of companies. ECU’s focus is on Executive Coaching training in the commercial marketplace. Our audience is Coaches (internal and external), HR professionals, Executives, Managers, OD professionals, trainers, and anyone interested in leadership development. This is where our industry leading Executive Coaching MasterMind Program (CMEC) will reside alongside our Executive Coaching QuickStart program, and many other offerings.

We continue to be certified by SHRM and CPD and offer 15 credit hours/CEUs in our flagship CMEC program.

The Rescue Institute will remain focused on personal development and Coaching through our various programs. We will be introducing many new offerings in the coming months.

We are so privileged to have served thousands of people in 32 countries through Coaching and look forward to furthering our mission each and every day. We are blessed to have amazing supporters around the globe who serve others so unselfishly. It is so wonderful to belong to a community of such incredible individuals!

Please take a moment to view our new video:

Executive Coaching University Overview

We look forward to serving you soon!

Warmly,

A. Drayton Boylston
Founder and CEO
Executive Coaching University, LLC
www.ExecutiveCoachingUniversity.com

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