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Distracted Driving: Lead with Care

by | May 27, 2013 | By Karin Hurt, Communication |

You’re distracted. Multi-tasking. Getting work done. You’re trying hard to give everyone the attention they need. It’s hard. If you’re like me, being spread too thin leads to distracted focus.

Distraction speaks louder than words.

Today’s post, Distraction Speaks Louder than Words,  comes via the Lead Change Group, a terrific community of leadership thinkers. My inspiration for this topic came from comments on my Effective Listening: Necessary But Not Sufficient post.

Distracted Driving at Work

What Your Team Hears When You Can’t Hear Them…

  • You are not that important to me
  • Others matter more
  • Your project is not my priority
  • Your project is not important
  • I don’t respect your opinion
  • I don’t really care about you
  • I’m not invested in your success read more here

Happy Memorial Day From Let’s Grow Leaders. Lead well. Drive safely.

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


  1. Ali Anani (@alianani15)

    @Karin. This post and full citation show signs of high emotional intelligence. Distraction is not welcome; responding to distraction in a demoting way is even worse.

    Light scatters; to converge is the focus. Distraction is the reverse process. We tend to deal with distractions in negative ways. To bring the scattered mind to focus you suggest, Karin, alternatives such as meeting later to discuss the issue at hand.
    Turning negative responses into positive ones is a high rug on the emotional ladder.

    The story- All my family members have very elegant handwriting- except for me. People used to mock my handwriting. I tried my best to improve it so that it would become readable. I succeeded to some extent Thinking differently with a focus resulted in me attending the first course on computing 1969. I saw the possibility that keyboards write better than I.
    The lesson- never say to somebody your handwriting is bad. Rather, with slower writing your handwriting will become joy to read.

    Never use negative approaches to solve a problem, including distraction.

    That is the great lesson from this post

  2. letsgrowleaders

    Ali, What an fantastic expansion of the conversation. Encourage from positive. Perfect.

    • Ali Anani (@alianani15)

      Karin. Well- I know I wrote a lot. But the idea was to establish scatter to focus. You summed it up greatly: Encourage from positive.

  3. Sridhar Laxman

    Thank you for another great post, this one reminds me of the old saying
    ‘ The greatest gift you can give anyone is your complete and undivided attention ‘
    Such an important topic, sadly ignored by most.


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