Monday, February 17, 2014

WHY Multitasking
Does NOT Work:

And How to Get Your Focus Back

Several weeks ago I took my First Degree Black Belt Test in Modern Kempo Jujitsu. It was the most exhilarating thing I have ever done in my life. But it didn't happen overnight. It took 6 years, 3 broken ribs, one broken toe, a sprained ankle, black eyes and bruises galore and I was knocked-out once, (I volunteered for that last one).

My training regiment consisted of 3 weekly sessions of an hour to an hour and a half each, rotating from traditional Kempo animal forms, traditional kicking, simulation of real-life attacks as well as take-downs and Brazilian Jujitsu.

We all know that staying focused is paramount to success, yet, everyone is multitasking all day long. Living in a modern world with multiple devices draws our attention away from getting things done. So much so, that it's become an epidemic.

Recent studies found that the average employee uses Social Media sites like Facebook for 2 HOURS or more during work hours!!!

We call this jumping from one thing to another Shiny Object Syndrome. It's so addictive, many young people refuse to work for a company that doesn't allow them access to social media during their workday. And it isn't just young many of you find it hard to finish reading a book? Or an online article? There is always something to distract us in this would, but it is the disciplined mind that makes one aware of his [or her] own productivity.

The human brain is simply not built to multitask.

Want to get focused? Tune out everything and tackle one task at a time. Or better yet, listen to my friend and fellow Black Belt Jim Bouchard:

Check out Jim's Website: Think Like a Black Belt! Also check out Jim's Books and Videos and training courses while you are there.

Focus is the only way to make headway in this world today. Get rid of those distractions and spend some time with yourself...without TV, music, The Internet or anything else.

I know, scary in the Digital Age. But getting unplugged for a little while will help you accomplish a heck of a lot. Try it. You'll like it.

Thanks for stopping by...

PS: Interested in the MMA of Kempo Jujitsu? Here is my dojo: Victory Martial Arts.


And a BIG THANK YOU to my good friend Bob Christiansen for making this: 

Brad Szollose
Bridging Generational Chaos: Multigenerational management expert, award-winning author, business consultant and keynote speaker

Brad Szollose is a much sought-after generational expert, management consultant and keynote speaker who helps smart companies understand just how much technology has transformed corporate culture and behavior… and how that impacts management interaction, expectations and sales in The Digital Age.

But this is not based on management theory: With a 30 year career as an entrepreneur he knows firsthand what it’s like to grow a company from a simple idea in a coffee shop to an internationally recognized brand.

Brad is a former C-Level Internet Executive who went from entrepreneur to IPO in 3 yrs—co-founding K2 Design, the very first Dot Com Agency to go public on NASDAQ. His company experienced 425% hyper-growth for 5 straight years, expanded from 2 business partners to 4 with 60+ employees and offices worldwide. At its height, K2 was valuated at over $26 million. 

His results only management model (ROWE) was applied to the first wave of young Generation Y workers producing great results—winning K2 the Arthur Andersen NY Enterprise Award for Best Practices in Fostering Innovation.

Brad Szollose is also the *award-winning author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia which explores the subject of new leadership styles – mainly how to get the tech-savvy Generation Y and analogue driven Baby Boomers working together. ISBN-13: 978-1608320554

Known for his humorous and thought-provoking presentations, Szollose received the highest testimonial of his career from a C-Level audience member: "I just had my mind blown." Brad’s keynotes and workshops are highly interactive, heart-warming, humorous, and filled with high-content information that challenge assumptions and help leaders and managers create a better work environment for innovation to thrive.

Liquid Leadership has been called "THE guidebook for the 21st Century" and has won the 2011 Axiom Business Book Award silver medal for leadership, The Indie Business Book runner up silver medal as well as becoming a #1 Best-Selling Business Book on Amazon for Organizational Learning. Published in the United States by Greenleaf Book Group, in India by Prolibris and in South Korea by UI Books/Iljinsa Publishing.

Mr. Szollose also writes a monthly column on business and marketing techniques that reach Generation Y for A Captured Mind newsletter and is part of The Mind Capture Group faculty.

Today, Brad helps businesses close the Digital Divide by understanding it as a Cultural Divide – created by the new tech-savvy worker...and customer. 

* 2011 Axiom Business Book silver medal winner in the leadership

* #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author

"I just had my mind blown..." - A.S., Vistage, New York

Liquid Leadership by Brad Szollose is available at all major bookstores and for Kindle, Nook, iPad and Sony ereaders. Internationally published in India and S. Korea.

Leadership Lessons from a Web Pioneer.

The Art & Science of
Leading a 21st Century Workforce

Brad Szollose's (pronounced zol-us), is a globally recognized Leadership Development and Management Consultant who helps organizations dominate their industry by tapping into the treasure of a multi-generational workforce. 

He shares his management strategies within the pages of his award-winning, international bestseller Liquid Leadership...strategies that ignited his own company, K2 Design, beginning as a business idea in a coffee shop to a publicly traded company worth $26 Million in just 24 short months with an IPO on NASDAQ.

As a C-Level executive, his unique management model was awarded the Arthur Andersen NY Enterprise Award for Best Practices in Fostering Innovation Amongst Employees (the phrase Workforce Culture did not exist back then).

Today the world’s leading business publications seek out Brad’s insights on Millennials, and he has been featured in Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, Advertising Age, The International Business Times, Le Journal du Dimanche and The Hindu Business Line to name a few, along with television, radio and podcast appearances on CBS and other media outlets.

Since the year 2010, and the release of his award-winning international bestseller, Liquid Leadership, Brad has created customized training programs for The American Management Association, Tony Robbins Business Mastery Graduates and Liquidnet Holdings, as well as several dozen Fortune 500 companies to name just a few; preparing them for the next generation of business leaders.

Mr. Szollose is also a TEDXSpeaker, and his talk The Age of Radical Disruption, focuses on the impact video games and serious gaming has had on the work habits and behavior of Generation X & Millennials.

Brad’s programs have transformed a new generation of business leaders, helping them maximize their corporate culture, creativity, innovation, productivity and sales growth in the new Digital Age economy.

Brad's work will expose the secrets to managing a cross-generational workforce:

Brad is the author of Liquid Leadership: From Woodstock to Wikipedia: Cross-Generational Management Strategies That Are Changing The Way We Run Things and the publisher for Journeys to Success: The Millennial Edition: 21 Millennial Authors share their personal journeys of failure and success…based on the success principles of Napoleon Hill.