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Edwin Bosso – The Big Picture

It is all too common for leaders to focus so intensely on high priority aspects of the business, such as budgets, sales figures and the bottom line, that they fail to take a broad look at the state of their operations.

Edwin Bosso

A focus on budgets, sales figures, and the bottom line, without a broader perspective, is a sure-fire way to ensure you get out-innovated, out-worked, and ultimately, replaced in the market.

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Some Broad Thoughts on Focus

Research suggests that people don’t multitask. Instead, some people task-switch more quickly than others.

Whether people focus on one task for a more extended period of time or continuously switch between jobs is an individual preference. The key is understanding which you are so you can focus your attention as necessary to be as productive as you can. To accomplish the goals that matter to you the most. Be they of breadth or depth.

If you need quiet and like to work on one thing for prolonged periods, silencing your cell phone and closing your e-mail are practices you might need to do while you work.

On the other hand, if you like to switch tasks, and welcome quick distractions, you might prefer working in a loud, bustling, open-office environment where you won’t miss impromptu opportunities.

Understanding your ability to focus in short bursts or long sessions will go a long way to set up the right environments for maximum productivity.

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Tendayi Viki – Innovation Management

As the pace of change increases, the great companies will be the ones who can explore new opportunities, while running their current business. This ability to live in the two worlds of explore and exploit will be the true test of corporate leadership.

Tendayi Viki

On Monday, I talked about a quote from Talal Rafi about corporate innovation requiring a strategy. Tendayi Viki expands on that saying that a company cannot manage innovation the same way as it executes its core business. Companies will want to maximize returns on profitable operations, while concurrently exploring the next big idea. However, think about managing an assembly line and developing a new one. Even in that case, the program management structure is entirely different.

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My Favorite Productivity Adage

Parkinson’s law states that “work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”

Therefore, within practical limits, one could assume that the way to get more done is to set tighter deadlines.

The reality is that most people, whether in their professional or personal lives, don’t micro-schedule their days in a way to maximize productivity.

Work appears to take longer from lack of focus, distractions, inefficient task-switching, or “polishing a sneaker” syndrome. In the midst of, say writing a paper, they take three phone calls, make a latte, or go to the gym. It then seems that writing that paper takes a lot longer than it does.

The truth is that you’re in control over scheduling your time. You probably have more time than you think, and you can get things done earlier and faster if you prioritize and manage your schedule a bit more.

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George Day and Gregory Shea – Innovation Talent

Innovation requires intensely creative and tenacious team efforts in the face of frequent setbacks. So, it did not come as a surprise that a continuing commitment to investing in talent best explained growth leadership. Senior executives of the fastest growing firms pay special attention to nurturing the team leaders, project directors and program managers who champion and lead innovation initiatives.

George S. Day and Gregory P. Shea

I’ve talked about people being your number one asset and number one risk. One aspect of nurturing innovation leaders is formal education. Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and Disney all have excellent courses that our organization has utilized for folks to learn, network, and develop as leaders.

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