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“Attention is all there is.”

Controlling one’s attention can contribute to safety in the workplace

One of our favorite quotes from Tom Peters is his statement that after so many years of consulting, everything he’s learned can be boiled down into five words: “Attention is all there is.”  What you put your attention to is what you get. Try to wake people up to the fact that all of us have attention patterns that are somewhat restrictive, that are useful in certain circumstances but mismatched in other kinds of situations. Generally, people who are very good at focusing their attention and blocking out distractions also miss things in their environment. When you’re driving, for example, you’re looking straight ahead and you don’t see things on the side. On a safety level, that can be dangerous. And there are now obvious parallels to texting and driving. Try to show people where they’re good and where they need improvement, and give them some specific exercises and techniques for broadening their effectiveness.