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distracted-at-workThis is the latest slogan in use to get the attention of the numerous already very distracted drivers of vehicles. The point is – it is a warning that you will be getting a fairly expensive moving violation ticket if you are caught texting while driving. The amount of the fine gets progressively higher as you are issued the next ticket for this offense.

The more important point of this slogan and the effort by the local and State Police is the prevention of the recently higher and higher number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. The numbers are staggering. At least ten percent of drivers are utilizing, looking at or holding onto some type of electronic hand held device while driving. The ten percent number seems low to me based upon my unscientific look around at other drivers while driving. Probably should not do that either as it is distracting.

What may be even worse is the children in the car see the driver texting while driving. Think about it – these are the future drivers who will model what they are seeing from the passenger seat when they are the one behind the wheel.

Which brings me to the point of this article – Are U DISTRACTED at work? The most recent survey conducted of the workforce in the U.S.A. and the U.K. reflected 28 percent to 35 percent of the workforce are fully disengaged from their work, while at work. Close to 44 percent do not respect or even like their managers or leadership at their workplace.

These numbers tell many stories. In fact, these figures would easily support an article about leadership, motivation, culture and much more. For now let’s focus on distractions in the workplace. Specifically, if the distracted driving epidemic exists and pervades our society out on the roads, similarly the handheld devices are a cause for distraction at work.

Further the desktop PC, laptop or any connection to the world outside may be a cause for distractions in the workplace. Here is the rub. A workplace in a lock down mode is setting itself up for a huge problem. The up and coming workforce in the age group under 35 years old right now is not interested in working in this type of an environment. Ask anyone in this age group and they will tell you they are able to quickly scan a few sites or newsfeeds and be caught up on anything going on anywhere on any topic. In a few minutes they are able to assess who is thinking about what on any topic with a few taps on the keys going through their social media accounts.

These are not distractions. These are attributes and tools to be properly utilized in the context of the position in the business held by this person. Unfortunately in many cases the job description is crafted by legal or by someone who has rewritten the former job description from a 1980’s manual.

It is time to assess what is a distraction at work and what attributes may be brought to the table to add value by enabling the broader utilization of the internet in a variety of job functions.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified personal and executive coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

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Are You A Giver Or A Taker?

giver-or-takerThere are two types of people. There are Givers and there are Takers.

Feel free to go right to the comments area and let us know which you are and why.

Here is the thing – How you do anything, is how you do everything.

In our time here on earth we have multiple aspects to our lives and in our interactions with other people. My name for this is The Compass of Life™.  We have our career, our family, our social, our health, our spiritual, our educational to name some of the main areas.

Would you say you are a Giver or a Taker for each area?

Take a moment and grade yourself. Seriously consider how you act and what your behavior is like. Are you a Giver or are you a Taker? As you move through this process how do you feel about yourself?

For example – if you are certain you are a Giver, do you ever feel you wish someone gave more to you? Do you ever feel “I love to give, but when do I get?”

For example – if you are noticing you are a Taker, do you ever feel you wish you took more or that you are owed more than you take? Do you ever feel “They owe me more.”

Consider these two statements and consider which statement you identify more with.

A. “You know you can’t take it with you, so I am going to have a great time and spend everything.”

B. “For every single dollar I earn I give at least ten percent to charity immediately.”

This is not an article about judgment. It is not for me to judge you or anyone other than myself. As a side note, are we not the harshest critics of ourselves when we really take a deep look inside ourselves?

The real question to consider is this one – If everyone is a Taker, who will be the Giver?

While – Everyone may be a Giver and everyone may be open and receive.

Think through these concepts and consider how might these play out in dealing with your customers, your staff, your co-workers, your family, the barista at Starbucks and anyone else you may come into contact with once or multiple times each and every day.

One closing thought – if you have an idea or a concept – if you have song to sing or a book to write – and you do not act on these – you do nothing with any of it – the idea, the concept, the song, the book, they die with you. Are you a Giver? OR are you a Taker?

Mitch Tublin is a business consultant, executive coach and professional speaker who resides in Stamford, CT. 

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The Changes Brought By A Piece Of Glass


A piece of glass that weighs a few ounces how much of an impact or change could this possibly bring to our lives? Who would have imagined ten to fifteen years ago how much we all feel our piece of glass, our cell phone, must be in our hand, pocket or purse all of the […]

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‘Paleo-ing’ Your Business and Career Is the Key Ingredient for Your Success

Dr. Patty Ann

By Dr. Patty Ann – This article was featured on Huffington Post Eating “paleo” refers to consuming foods eaten by man during the Paleolithic Era, i.e., meat, vegetables, fruits, sugars and other natural foods found in nature. All processed foods are considered a “no no” and are banished from your diet. This back to […]

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The End of The First Quarter of 2015


In a few days the First Quarter of 2015 will be completed. How did you make out? If you created and wrote out or otherwise created a plan, how did the reality compare to the plan? Large publicly traded companies go through this comparison on a regular basis. Entire departments spend the majority of their time […]

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What Are Your Favorite Taglines?


Please take a moment to think about it and then ten seconds to post one or more in the comments area. Taglines are a funny thing. There are companies and people who get really possessive about each word and go to great lengths to trademark their unique tagline. Other people pretty much change their tagline like […]

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