Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Attention creates energy

I've been reviewing a wonderful book "Energize Your Workplace: How to Create and Sustain High-Quality Connections at Work" by Jane Dutton, (Jossey-Bass, 2003). I was looking over highlighted sections, wondering how it might relate to students involved in group projects. The following passage caught my attention:

"When two people at work deliberately direct attention toward each other and away from other possible distractions, they activate a sense of mutual connection that energizes both people."

This quote made me wonder how we energize, or de-energize each other in dyads and group projects, based on our attention. Consider that if you and your colleagues put down your cell phones and email, and really focus with each other during group meetings, you may increase your effectiveness, efficiency, and the quality of your work. Thoughts?

Interestingly enough... Indira Nair, who I mentioned in my last post, said in an interview about mentoring "It's not about making time, it's about making attention."

Have a good day.

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