Here are a few really great links:
I must start off by directing you to Evelyn's blog. She is over in Thailand, talking to people about the one year anniversary of the Tsunami and processing through her memories and feelings about being swept away by the waves. It is riveting reading and nothing like the polished versions of information we see on the news. She's been there about 10 days now. She has started posting photos, too. I find her stories of real people wonderful.
Kathy Sierra has a special gift. She can put 1000 words into one picture or graph. Here is a great and simple message about the perils of over managing or micromanaging. Notice the people in your organization... any mental zombies out there? Here's a nice snippet:
"If you asked 100 managers which they'd prefer--employees who think, or mindless zombies who respond only (and exactly) as ordered, you'd get 100 responses of, "What a ridiculous question. We hire smart people and stay out of their way so they can do their jobs." And if you asked 100 managers to define their management style, none would claim to be micromanagers. Probe deeper, though, and the truth begins to emerge."
When we ask employees how engaged they are and whether their managers micromanage...well, we get another picture now don't we?
Adrian over at the Coyote shares more proof that multitasking is bunk.
Slacker Manager Bren refers to the same proof and shares a few of his strategies for fighting distractions including, just eat the $#*& donuts!
Here is an interesting picture of Flow vs Concentration from Flamenco Guitarist Ottmar Liebert. I like this snippet:
"Attention flows from that harmonic is a little off - try to bend the note to the lights are hot in the back of my neck to I cannot hear the bass clearly enough to that Cajun is funky etc. Now, if one were to concentrate on the melody only, one's rhythm might be off, if one were to focus on the bowing of the string, the flow of the melody might be off etc. If one gets stuck on just one aspect of the music (rhythm, pitch, melody, sound-production etc.) the result will sound wooden and not musical. In other words, letting our attention naturally flow between all of the different elements of making music is better than concentrating."