I am the owner of a training development company (secondg.net), the author of a successful teamwork and leadership blog (Teamwork and Leadership Bloggings with Mike Rogers) and the proud father of eight children. I have led, trained and consulted in business with hundreds of individuals and teams on leadership concepts. I have also served in a number of leadership capacities in both business and volunteer work (church and athletics). I love what I do! My greatest satisfaction in life is seeing others succeed.
How many IQ points do you drop when multi-tasking? The answer (insert drum roll...) - 10 points! That's right, a whole 10 points according to a British study. When people try to juggle reading email messages and/or chat while working , they lose the same amount of IQ points as if they had missed an entire night's sleep. And, more than double the four points lost from smoking marijuana! And get this, men lose more IQ points than women.
Studies have shown that our brains switch between one activity and another (called executive control). We really don't do two things at once very well. The more complex the task like browsing the web and talking on the phone, or driving and talking on the phone, the more difficult it becomes to switch quickly. Slower switching can mean more than just lack of productivity, it can mean life or death.
So what is the answer - FOCUS. What have you done as a leader in your organization to help create focus?
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10?! As Scooby Do would say, "Rut Row!" That is okay if you begin as an Einstein... but for someone like me-- that would have a greater impact at whittling away precious IQ points. Thanks for putting some science behind the intuitive knowing that we all need to slow down and give our attention mindfully to the task, person or job before us.. :+)