A reader recently sent me an article written by Kare Anderson that was posted in the Harvard Business Review online, titled “What Captures Your Attention Controls Your Life”. And WOW, if this article doesn’t wake us up and make us put down the smartphone while we’re engaging with others… I don’t know what will.
Anderson says, “A few years ago, DisneyWorld executives were wondering what most captured the attention of toddlers and infants at their theme park and hotels in Orlando, Florida. So they hired me and a cultural anthropologist to observe them as they passed by all the costumed cast members, animated creatures, twirling rides, sweet-smelling snacks, and colorful toys. But after a couple of hours of close observation, we realized that what most captured the young children’s attention wasn’t Disney-conjured magic. Instead it was their parents’ cell phones, especially when the parents were using them.”
Anderson also points out, “Giving undivided attention is the first and most basic ingredient in any relationship.” She goes on to say, “It is impossible to communicate, much less bond, with someone who can’t or won’t focus on you.”
Not only is this article great at pointing out the importance of our time with our families, it also has good information about this issue and how it relates in the workplace. Anderson says, “As leaders, what you pay attention to not only controls your own brain, but sets the example for your team.”
I’d love to hear your thoughts on her article.