A lion’s hunting is cruel, but has a message. The lion focuses its mind on the prey (goal) and pulls through the obstacles till it wins. Humans too focus on goals and attempts to win (different context intended). But the technology constraints us to tread through the laid out lanes ignoring the sideways. This is more harmful.
Amishi Jha, neuroscientist @ University of Miami says a leader needs to properly calibrate his/her level of attention. An overly intense focus on a goal, or micro managing, makes the strategy collapse or par with the nil focus. This is called goal neglect in business parlance. Under goal neglect, a leaders cares only the trees and not the forest. But the goal has many building blocks. Don’t they need attention? A fire fighter can’t just focus on the closest fire-eye and forget the rest; lest the outcome is disastrous.
he W’s (when, what etc.) of focusing a task is the brain’s job. The brain centers work here on a triangle formula.
Flashlight: Selective attention.
Floodlight: Collaborative attention.
Juggler: Aligns actions with goals.
Ideally, all the three parts should work in tandem. But seldom does it happen. For instance in goal neglect, flashlight works intently, but the floodlight lags.
Human brains are intrinsically capable of hinting if the thought process is moving well. But such triggers are often ignored. The result is, you work hard but not smart.
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“Human brains are intrinsically capable of hinting if the thought process is moving well. But such triggers are often ignored.” Any personal experience? Pl brief
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Source Article Theodore Kinni- Pay attention to your attention- Strategy+business- February 10, 2022