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  • Addicted To Your Smartphone? Hope You’re Not a CEO

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    You might not realize this, but smartphones are becoming more and more common when it comes to managing a company. With their ability to text, talk, email and tweet on-the-go, people, especially managers and CEOs, are turning that habit of always being on a their phones to an addiction. Communication coach and Forbes writer Carmine Gallo discusses how this addiction to smartphones is an unwise decision when it comes to running a business, and how it effects a manager's communication skills.

    Your “habit” of checking emails, Twitter, and Facebook messages on your smartphone might have turned into a full-fledged addiction.  That’s the argument of U.S. and Finnish researchers in a new study published in the Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.  On average the subjects in the study checked their phones 34 times a day primarily out of habit or compulsion, and rarely out of need.  Researchers point out potentially damaging results of this habit such as “chronic detachment of one’s surroundings.”

    Chronic detachment can lead to catastrophic results like car accidents, which is why many states ban texting while driving.  But think about the ways “chronic detachment” can also undermine the workplace. As a leader or an aspiring leader, “detached” is not the way you want to be described by your employees, colleagues, or partners.  How do you feel when someone is checking their smartphone every two minutes in the middle of your conversation?  If you’re like most people you probably feel ignored, marginalized, or slighted.  Why would your employees feel any differently when you’re doing it?

    By definition, a “habit” or “addiction” means that we have little control over our actions.  We might not even realize we’re doing it.  Leaders must give their full and undivided attention if they hope to be admired as inspiring communicators.  One of the “7 Secrets of Inspiring Leaders” is the quality called Inviting Participation.  It means great leaders solicit feedback, listen to the feedback, and incorporate what they hear.  It’s hard to listen while you’re checking your smartphone for how many followers re-tweeted your brilliant comment.

    Read more at Forbes

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