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How To Tilt the Field For An Uphill Climb

November 5, 2011

Whether you are in a start-up or a mature venture, New Market Entrepreneurs are overwhelmed by too many ‘a-plate’ priorities and not enough time to do them.  Blazing a trail through the thick underbrush of a New Market Opportunity usually means your are under-staffed and under resourced.   As a result, you may be falling into one of the four traps outlined below by a insightful CEO blogging for Harvard Business Review—  and if you are, you might actually be tilting the playing field for an uphill climb over the long haul.  

Myth #1: Multitasking is critical in a world of infinite demand.

On average, according to researcher David Meyer, switching time increases the amount of time it takes to finish the primary task you were working on by an average of 25 percent. In short, juggling activities is incredibly inefficient.    -read more

Myth #2: A little bit of anxiety helps us perform better.

As a boss, your energy has a disproportionate impact on those you lead, by virtue of your authority. Put bluntly, any time your behavior increases someone’s anxiety — or prompts any negative emotions, for that matter — they’re less likely to perform effectively.  The more positive your energy is, the more positive their energy is likely to be, and the better the likely outcome.  -read more

Myth #3: Creativity is genetically inherited, and it’s impossible to teach.

As it turns out, the creative process moves back and forth between left and right hemisphere dominance. Creativity is actually about using the whole brain more flexibly. This process unfolds in a far more systematic — and teachable — way than we ordinarily imagine. People can quickly learn to access the hemisphere of the brain that serves them best at each stage of the creative process — and to generate truly original ideas.   -read more

Myth #4: The best way to get more work done is to work longer hours.

Rather than systematically burning down our reservoir of energy as the day wears on, as most of us do, intermittent renewal makes it possible to keep our energy steady all day long. Strategically alternating periods of intense focus with intermittent renewal, at least every 90 minutes, makes it possible to get more done, in less time, more sustainably.   -read more

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