Vertical Silos vs. Multitasking

Lots has been written about the downside of multitasking. And research shows that when it comes to tasks, at least amongst pre-millennial generations, it doesn't work. Working on more than one thing at a time, e.g. talking on the phone and filling out a form or writing a paper, doesn't work. It actually takes longer to get both tasks done when we multitask because our attention is divided. And yet as leaders, we must pay attention to both the content, and the context of each situation. Isn't this a form of multitasking? I was discussing this with a friend recently and he had the following commentary, "My view is that we don't really multitask but hold vertical subject or action silos in our heads, and each time we get an update for that silo we mentally log it in, decide if it's critical or not and then process the next data segment for another silo." For me this was an 'ah-ha'. As leaders, we...
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