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Alicia Blain

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I came across this great article in the AARP website called “Power of 50: Television’s Defining, Changing Moments” written by Betsy Tower.  It highlights 25 of the most highly viewed TV moments in the last 50 years.  It goes as far back as the Kennedy-Nixon debates in 1960 and as recent as Hurricane Katrina.  What a great way to travel back in time.

You can select from the list of 25 events. Once you do, it is shown on an old TV with YouTube imbedded in it to show the particular event you selected.  Really cute idea.

My favorites:  The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Apollo 11 Moon Landing,  Saturday Night Live Debut with George Carlin and Charles & Diana’s wedding.

I could think of a few others that I would have added.  That’s the beauty of lists.  They always make you think of other things to add.

So what about you?  What are your favorites and which other TV moments would you add.

Share the link with Millennials.. They love anything on YouTube and imagine what they’ll learn in the meantime.

Happy Friday, everybody!!!

Do you ever get the urge to go back to the good ‘ole days and live a simpler life?  The life we had before so many techno gadgets robbed us of focus and time?  Here’s a quick video that I found at the AARP site that talks about that.  Can you recognize yourself in the video.  I can.  According to Dr. Edward Hallowell, a psychiatrist, specializing in Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD),  it is almost impossible for us to go back to the good ‘ole days.  According to him, our brain “squirts” a dab of dopamine everytime we hear an email or voice message alert.  We can’t help ourselves from stopping what we’re doing and opening the email or listening to the voicemail or reading the text.  According to the video, we spend 20 minutes out of everyday dealing with interruptions and taking time away from “think time”.    That’s a third of our day lost to interruptions.

I’ve talked about the need to really carve out think time for leaders & their teams.  Whether it’s an innovation day or an idea day or just a couple of hours in our day, we need time away from these interruptions to sort out problems and think of new ways to deal with existing issues.  Without that time, as Dr. Hallowell talks about in his book “Crazy Busy“, we succumb to “office ADD” and nothing is accomplished.  Innovation and creativity get stifled by “office ADD”.  

Back in the day, before the interruptions created by all the technology devices that are designed to help us work better, we actually had time in our day to sit and think problems through.  Today, we have to make time to do that if we want our organizations to stay competitive in a increasingly global marketplace.

So what about you?  Do you wish for the good ‘ole days?  What can you do today to fight back  your “office ADD”  tendencies?