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Sustaining Executive Performance: How the New Self-Management Drives Innovation, Leadership, and a More Resilient World by Steven MacGregor

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10. FOCUS

Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time.

—Peter Drucker

Pep recognized the signals. His mind started to wander. He couldn’t stop his hands fidgeting. His heart started to beat a little faster in anticipation, and he felt a bead of sweat begin to trickle down the side of his head and past his ear. My God, he thought, when did it get this bad?

Mr. Pep Vicens was an addict, and it was affecting his work and life. Yet his was an addiction both depressingly familiar and socially accepted in today’s world and workplace—that of smartphone addiction. Whether it was going online to check his social media status, email, or simply to ask Google or Wikipedia to answer a nagging question, he wasn’t able to retain ...

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