Dandapani shares why leaders need to train their teams how to focus

The Business Organization (BO) empowers entrepreneurs with the tools and strategies needed to reach their full potential. Dadapani, a Hindu priest, entrepreneur and former monk, is a highly rated speaker at many EO capital learning events where he teaches business leaders how to focus to improve their lives and companies. Dandapani’s new book is a step-by-step masterclass on how to implement Unwavering focus. We asked Dandapani why entrepreneurs should train their teams in this often overlooked skill.

As an entrepreneur, you know the importance of having the right people in the right positions, performing their roles at the highest level, and driving the company forward.

But what if you’ve neglected to train them in the one skill that could increase individual productivity well above current levels?

In addition to the business benefits, as a result of this training, what if every employee reaped far-reaching benefits that would greatly enhance both their personal and professional lives?

What’s more, what if you knew that this skill is rarely taught at any other company — and therefore represents both a competitive advantage and an employee privilege?

The most important life skill no one ever teaches

You hire employees with skills accumulated through study and experience and ask them to perform specific roles. You provide them with training on the software, devices and processes needed for success.

But there’s one common tool that employees use every day—the one they use to learn software and processes—and they’ve almost certainly never been trained on how best to use it.

The tool I’m talking about is the human mind, the most important tool we have. It creates our very reality and dictates how we perform and what we think — and yet it’s the only tool we use every day that comes without a user manual. (Seriously – a blender comes with a 28-page instruction manual in six languages. But have you ever seen an instruction manual for your brain?)

The mind has incredible potential as a productivity tool, but most people don’t understand how to use it effectively. Schools teach writing, math, and science — but have you ever taken a class about your brain? If you did, you would have learned how to harness its power to support your life’s endeavors, instead of distracting you from achieving them.

Of all the employee training that companies spend millions of dollars on, the most important they could invest in would be teaching their teams an understanding of mindfulness and the mind, as well as instruction in the art of focus.

The sad reality is that we are often told to focus, but no one has ever taught us how to focus in a specific, step-by-step way. It is one of my goals to change that.

Why people benefit from learning to focus

Focus is such a critical skill because once you understand how the mind works and how awareness moves through the mind, you can leverage it to overcome distractions and achieve your goals. Once your team learns how to focus, they will have the ability to pay attention and learn all the other skills they need. If they are distracted, it will be difficult for them to learn anything. If they can’t focus, how can they concentrate enough to even listen to what is being taught?

In the corporate world, where productivity and efficiency are so valuable, most companies fail to do the fundamental thing that can have the biggest impact – learning and practicing the art of concentration. I’d like to think that leaders don’t teach their teams how to focus because they simply ignore both the cost of distraction and the fact that focus is a skill that must be learned and practiced.

Most companies are clear about what they want their teams to focus on. The missing piece is actually teaching them how to focus.

Concentration breeds efficiency and productivity

Have you ever been in a meeting where the topic competed with the team’s chatter — and you lost? It’s frustrating and a waste of time. Conversely, I can’t even begin to describe how effective meetings become when everyone present knows how to focus and stay on topic.

So much time and energy is wasted by the inability to bring teams together, not to mention the exorbitant financial cost. Critical information is lost, opportunities and pitfalls are overlooked – all because people don’t know how to focus.

Here are seven benefits of a focused workforce:

  1. Increased efficiency and productivity
  2. No more distracted, pointless meetings
  3. Happier, more satisfied employees
  4. Minimize downtime and wasted time
  5. Lower levels of anxiety and stress
  6. Controlled reactions and responses
  7. Empowered team members who live more fulfilling lives

Here’s the bonus: The benefits of knowing how to focus don’t end with the workday. Your employees will also enjoy their improved ability to focus on their personal lives. This means they will be mentally present to enjoy life’s milestones and live their purpose. Additionally, each person whose life is positively transformed by a new focus skill will have the expertise to empower their loved ones with this life-changing knowledge – so the circle will expand exponentially.

As a leader in your company, I urge you to apply the power of unwavering focus to your life, first. Then lead by example as you train your workforce in this superpower that will help change our world for the better.

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