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    Ken Blanchard, Co-author of the one minute manager

  • So much big talk about transformation... Chris actually delivers it. Time and again. Part art, part gift, part crazy man. He works his magic every time!

    Maria Eitel - Founder and President of the Nike Foundation

  • Working with Elvis is like Rehab. I am energised and excited by that. I know who I am and what’s great about that.

    Dean Watson, Director, Roche

  • The session was very well received. Your suggestions were referenced many times over the rest of the meeting. Your approach is a breath of fresh air in helping my team consider different approaches to work with each other and with a very diverse stakeholder group.

    Peter Yribar, Global Head Product Development Quality at Genentech

  • Since starting my business, my group of Personal Trainers have delivered over 60,000 sessions. That’s 60,000 sessions being delivered with more “elvis” than last year…that’s pretty cool!

    Chris Burgess, Personal Trainer, after reading Shine!

  • Chris Barez-Brown is a modern day prophet. He has a gift ... an uncanny ability to inspire change agents in my organization. Everything he touches turns to gold and shines ever so brightly. He is our Elvis.

    Keith Wilmot - The Coca-Cola Company

  • Shine: How to Survive and Thrive at Work is a bright source of energy and ideas that will help you make the most of yourself.

    Ken Robinson, author of The Element: How finding your passion changes everything

  • The guys are exceptionally good at what they do. I was making a list of the most influential people or things in my career and this was in the top 3.

    Chris Binns, Managing Partner MediaCom

  • I can say without hyperbole that my week with Chris, Jim and the rest of the Elvis team down in Lyme Regis was one of the most enriching experiences I've had in my career. I immediately came away from the course with a new armoury of skills to help bring out my own creativity and that of others. Months on I am still feeling the effect of how the course has helped me to grow personally, in ways both tangible and tacit.

    Sarah Borland, Director MediaCom

  • Chris Baréz-Brown’s presentation style sparkled and inspired our team to think differently. His unique and powerful insights have the ability to transform any organization.

    Derek Kent, Chief Marketing Officer, Canadian Olympic Committee

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Are You Driven to Distraction ?

Are You Driven to Distraction ?

March 4, 2018

Distraction is my kryptonite. At worst, I actively go looking for it (usually when my energy is dipping.) At best, I am continually in a fight to resist it’s many tempting forms. There are of course benefits to a ‘welcomed distraction’, a chance to consciously step away from something in order to refresh, re-energise and relax.

My fight is with the unchecked, uncensored, continual interference that we’re bombarded with every minute of the day that threatens to take my attention away from the task at hand. My coping strategy is often to multi-task, deal with all the distraction and firefight my way through a day.

But I know this strategy is neither smart nor clever! We have brains with billions of neurons and many trillions of connections, but we don’t thrive doing multiple things at the same time. Sadly, I’m told multitasking is a myth, it does not exist, at least not as we think about it. Instead we switch tasks.

Apparently, it takes time (an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds) to re-orient to a primary task after a distraction such as an email, a tweet, a text, a WhatsApp ‘ping’, a Facebook ‘buzz’ and LinkedIn ‘whatever’.

According to the American Psychological Association our efficiency drops by as much as 40%. Long-term memory suffers and creativity — a skill associated with keeping in mind multiple, less common, associations — is reduced.

Our consultancy, Upping your Elvis, is all about waking business up and embedding a culture of energy, awareness and creativity. We want people to feel creatively alive.

I shared some of my tips I have learnt in dealing with the demons that drive me to distraction  with Minutehack. Click here to learn how to stay in the moment, remain focused and ultimately become more of a deadly creative ninja!


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