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It seems like we’re immersed in noise these days. Audible sounds, sure, but also advertising and media and news and arguments and ….

Here’s the question: Are you adding to it as a leader?

People aren’t productive in noisy environments, unless they’ve found ways to mentally shut it out. That’s why many wear earbuds, or have “focus time”, or crave time away from meetings.

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I’ve found that one of the hardest skills today is just listening and being with someone. We’re constantly barraged with things demanding our attention.

The biggest attention-grabber is that device in our pocket. As if it’s ever actually in our pocket.

But as humans, we crave to have relationships with other people. To be understood and appreciated for who we are.

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This has been an extraordinarily distracting time for me recently. Family concerns, changes in my business, and other groups … a whole lot going on!

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
– John Lennon (perhaps)

So my task right now is to enjoy life as it’s happening, and to not try to fight it. Right?

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