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Can I Have Your Attention?: Inspiring Better Work Habits, Focusing Your Team, and Getting Stuff Done in the Constantly Connected Workplace

ISBN: 978-1-119-39046-6
256 pages
October 2017
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"A must read for anyone in the business of leading others."
Ken May, CEO of Top Golf; former CEO of Fedex

"If you want your team to stay focused, you will want to read Can I Have Your Attention?"
Chester Elton, New York Times Best-Selling author of All In, The Carrot Principle and What Motivates Me

Inspire better work habits. Focus your team. Get stuff done in the constantly connected workplace.


As our workloads expand, attention has never been more valuable. Or more difficult to keep.

In Can I Have your Attention?, Curt Steinhorst shows business leaders how to cut through the noise and get their employees back to work. Curt has spent years helping Fortune 500 companies overcome distraction and achieve focus. With technology creating endless opportunites to "improve productivity", people spend so much time responding to the interruptions that they've lost the ability to focus and do their jobs. Yet, the potential for harnessing the power of your team's attention has never been greater--if you can capture it.

You'll learn how to:

  • Implement a comprehensive organizational strategy to increase focus and overcome digital distraction.
  • Take back control of the technology in your organization and life.
  • Establish a Communication Compact, defining how, when, and why your team will communicate with each other.
  • Create a "vault" to increase productivity, decrease stress, and boost your creativity.
  • Free yourself and your employees from the never-ending flood of emails and messages.
  • Achieve unmatched focus in the age of distraction.

The smartphone isn't going away. Learn the simple rules and guidelines that will improve focus and create the mental space needed for your people to work to their full potential.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Prologue: You Don’t Have Jack xi

SECTION ONE NOBODY’S WORKING 1

Chapter 1 The Curse of the Overwhelmed 3

Chapter 2 It’s Not Their Fault 7

Chapter 3 Tools of Our Tools 11

SECTION TWO FINDING FOCUS 19

Chapter 4 The Science of Attention 21

Chapter 5 Focus-Wise in the Age of Distraction 33

Chapter 6 The Four Elements of Focus 41

SECTION THREE FOCUS-WISE SPACE 47

Chapter 7 In Praise of Walls 49

Chapter 8 Office Space 57

Chapter 9 The Vault 67

SECTION FOUR FOCUS-WISE TECHNOLOGY 75

Chapter 10 Relationship Status: It’s Complicated 77

Chapter 11 Message Undeliverable 83

Chapter 12 Free at Last 89

Chapter 13 Best Buddy or Big Brother? 97

SECTION FIVE FOCUS-WISE COMMUNICATION 105

Chapter 14 Can You Hear Me Now? 107

Chapter 15 Digital Communication: E-mail, Messaging, and Everything in Between 113

Chapter 16 Face to Face in a Facebook World 121

SECTION SIX FOCUS-WISE WORKDAY 131

Chapter 17 The Balance Myth 133

Chapter 18 Managing the Minutiae 145

Chapter 19 Can We Get an Extension? 153

SECTION SEVEN FOCUS-WISE LEADERSHIP 159

Chapter 20 The First Filter 161

Chapter 21 Individual to Institutional 169

Chapter 22 Filling the Digital Skill Gaps 177

Chapter 23 Competing with Zuckerberg 183

Chapter 24 After All, We’re Here to Work 189

Chapter 25 The Focus-Wise Leader 195

About the Authors 203

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 209

Index 223

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Author Information

CURT STEINHORST is a speaker, business owner, entrepreneur, and founder of FocusWise. He equips professionals across the world to work smarter and stronger in this constantly-connected age. Steinhorst is a leading voice on strategic communications in the age of distraction and a certified speaker at the Center for Generational Kinetics. He is also the founder of a communications consultancy called Promentum Group.

JONATHAN MCKEE is an expert on youth culture and Millennials, and the author of over twenty books.

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