Focus Break with Curt Steinhorst

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By: Curt Steinhorst

Focuswise CEO, Curt Steinhorst, helps leaders harness the power of human attention. Curt works with innovative leaders around the globe, using the Focuswise approach to teach, train, and provide tools that enable individuals and organizations to eliminate costly distractions and create cultures of focus — achieving greater productivity, engagement, innovation, and joy.

The future of work: Can you have your cake and eat it too?
#33
Last Thursday at 12:56 PM

Companies everywhere are determining what their human management style and next steps will be. And there's no shortage of surveys revealing what employees want. But what do we do when the data is confusing and contradictory? This week Curt Steinhorst discusses the future of work and whether it's possible to maintain the benefits of flexible, remote work without paying the price of its disadvantages.

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Keynote SpeakerFounder of FocuswiseForbes ColumnistBest-Selling AuthorFocusFit ChallengeProfessional Speech Coach


Are leaders out of touch? New data suggests so.
#32
04/08/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with Curt Steinhorst. A new study from Edelman Microsoft reveals that leaders today are thriving (but no one else is). Indeed, the majority of employees are struggling. This week, I discuss one possible explanation for the disconnect – and how to prevent this gap from impacting our organizations in the immediate future.

Episode links

https://msworklab.azureedge.net/files/reports/hybridWork/pdf/2021_Microsoft_WTI_Report_March.pdf

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The Harvard professor who can't focus alone
#31
04/01/2021

We usually think focus happens when we're alone in a quiet space – but social psychology tells us that's not always true. In this week's Focus Break, I recap a conversation with Dr. Peter Blair – a dear friend, economist, and Harvard professor – about his unconventional strategy for finding focus.

Episode links and references:

https://www.peterqblair.comAllport, F. H. (1920). The influence of the group upon association and thought. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 3, 159-182. https://brocku.ca/MeadProject/Allport/Allport_1920a.html

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How to focus when you feel anxious
#30
03/25/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with Curt Steinhorst. This week, I address how to focus when you have anxiety or depression and I offer three tips for shifting your focus when you find yourself in all-consuming mental state that makes work feel impossible.

Links from this episode: 

Conquering election day chaos podcast episode

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What do conference calls and SWAT teams have in common?
#29
03/19/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst.

In a year of crazy distractions, the most bizarre happened a couple of days ago while I was on a conference call with a client – something that made focusing on that meeting nearly impossible! Listen in to hear the story (spoiler: there's a SWAT team involved) and to find why that event led me to ponder the societal consequences of a dispersed and overly-fragmented workforce.

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Millennial employees are struggling. (Help them.)
#28
03/04/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst.

In this week's Focus Break, I discuss why millennials are struggling with isolation and how to make sure your crucial employees don't become culturally exiled.

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How One Thing Makes Everything Else Better
#27
02/25/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with Curt Steinhorst.

In this week's Focus Break, I show you the one skill that can give you (or anyone) an enormous advantage in today's distracted world. Listen in and remind yourself to leverage this simple talent as a superpower.

If you'd like to practice, you're welcome to join a conversation I'm hosting on the Clubhouse app tonight (February 25, 2021) at 9:15 PM CST. It's a discussion about the changing workplace with CEOs from two multi-billion-dollar companies and an eminent Princeton professor.

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Finding Calm in the Storm
#26
02/19/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst.

In today's podcast, Curt discusses how (and why) the challenges of this week's severe winter storm in Dallas have brought clarity instead of chaos. Please listen in.

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Super Bowl Commercials, Emotions, and Work
#25
02/12/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst.

In this week's podcast, I reveal how Super Bowl commercials, emotions, and work are all intertwined. I also challenge you to try a 10-minute exercise to focus your to-do list so it truly aligns with the big goals that matter. 

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How to Find Clarity for Big Decisions
#24
02/04/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst.

In this week's podcast I challenge leaders to consider how they make big decisions and where they seek advice. I reveal something many of us do that hinders our decision making abilities, even though we think it's helping.

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The #1 Hidden Distraction Hurting Your Team
#23
01/22/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst. 

In this week's podcast I challenge leaders to look for hidden distractions that continually derail productivity — and I'll reveal the main distraction that keeps us going 'round and 'round. 

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How to Use Distraction to Your Advantage
#22
01/14/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with Curt Steinhorst. In this week's podcast, I'm shifting from my usual position on distraction and discussing how it can be beneficial at times – especially when worry is consuming our thoughts. Here's how to use distraction to keep you focused on what you can control to get the important work done.

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The Essential Skill for 2021
#21
01/08/2021

Welcome back to another Focus Break with Curt Steinhorst. Do you have the one super power that will help you achieve your goals in 2021? 

In this week's podcast, I challenge you to master the essential skill of all great achievers, and make this the year you're known for giving full attention to what matters most.

Learn more about Curt Steinhorst's work:

Keynote SpeakerFounder of FocuswiseForbes ColumnistBest-Selling AuthorFocusFit ChallengeProfessional Speech Coach


Finally, the End of 2020
#20
12/18/2020

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst. 

If 2020 has wrung you out, you're not alone. And you deserve to end it with some well-earned rest! This week, I'm looking at how to find that rest, and I'm challenging you to give yourself at least 24 hours of respite from one of the toughest years on record. 


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Welcome back to another Focus Break with Curt Steinhorst. This week we're discussing the commute and why it mig...


The Other To-Do List
#19
12/10/2020

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst. 

This week, I am challenging the traditional to-do list and sharing a simple tip to ensure that what's receiving your daily attention and focus is what really matters. 

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The Best Gift You Can Give
#18
12/04/2020

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst. 

'Tis the season for giving — and today's episode will tell you how to give the most precious gift to someone who deserves your full focus.

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How to Be Productive by Doing Nothing
#17
11/20/2020

Welcome back to another Focus Break with Curt Steinhorst. Today's episode explores the science behind information retention and how doing nothing can actually aid processing and productivity.

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How to Rise Above Information Overload
#16
11/12/2020

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst. 

Today we're looking at ways to work with the brain's bias towards recency and frequency that can help you keep your focus on what matters most to you. My hope is that these simple changes will allow you remember, synthesize, and apply important and incoming information in meaningful ways.

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Conquering Election Day Chaos
#15
11/03/2020

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst. 

Today is Election Day — and with so much at stake, the world can easily feel out of control. To help conquer the chaos that so many of us feel in this moment, I am sharing a powerful stress-relieving exercise that is critical on a day like today.

Learn more about Curt Steinhorst's work:

Keynote SpeakerFounder of FocuswiseForbes ColumnistBest-Selling AuthorFocusFit ChallengeProfessional Speech Coach


Want a Stronger Team? Try Fewer Virtual Meetings
#14
10/26/2020

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst. This week, I'm sharing new ways that leaders can alter rhythms of work and communication to foster authentic community.

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Ode to the Commute
#13
10/15/2020

Welcome back to another Focus Break with the #1 expert on focus and attention in the workplace, Curt Steinhorst. 

Benefits of today's pandemic-stricken world seem hard to find, but gaining back the time previously spent commuting just might be one of them. Or is it?

Perhaps the commute is more valuable than we give it credit for.

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A Tale of Two Leaders
#10
10/12/2020


Fill the To Do List
#9
10/05/2020


The Fundamental Human Fear
#8
09/28/2020


Fewer, Bigger, Better
#12
09/24/2020

Curt recaps a conversation he had with business icon, Liz Smith. Liz is a former CEO and current executive board chairman of Bloomin' Brands — one of the world's most successful restaurant operators with 1,500 restaurants in 20 countries and 93,000 employees worldwide.


The Loss of Control
#7
09/23/2020


The Sound of Silence
#11
09/21/2020

Curt discusses the "silence" he found on the open highway during his month-long road trip in August.


Too Much to Process
#6
09/21/2020


When Other Things Matter More
#5
09/14/2020


Community
#4
09/14/2020


Curiosity
#3
09/14/2020


Capacity
#2
09/14/2020


Refocusing in the Time of Coronavirus
#1
09/14/2020