Attention Management and the Distractability

Psychologists at University College London have shown that different people have different levels of distractibility.  In an article called Are You Easily Distracted? A New Psychological Test Measures Distractibility they also show that it is possible to decrease distractibility  -or to put it another way to improve attention management.  Now most of the work seems to be in the context of attention deficit disorder and other child learning issues Рbut from my experience this could have enormous implications for managers.  Especially the ones who send text messages and e-mail with their mobiles under the table at a meeting Рor who keep checking their incoming e-mail when they are supposed to be having a conversation with me.

How good are you at managing your attention?

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