18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

2016 SHRM Talent Management Conference & Exposition

We squander a tremendous amount of our individual potential—and organizations waste a tremendous amount of their people’s potential—by focusing on the wrong things or not following through on real priorities. It’s not that people don’t try hard enough; it’s that their efforts don’t reap the benefits they could. Peter Bregman will set out simple rules for leading in a way that brings focus to an organization and makes the best use of everyone’s talents. Bregman will show how getting people to fit in or fix their weaknesses works against us. Instead, he tells leaders to help people embrace their weaknesses, assert their differences, leverage their strengths and pursue their passions. You will learn ideas, practices, tips, mind hacks and gentle nudges to help you bring focus to your people and your organization. This keynote session will show you:

•  An 18-minute plan to manage your day—empowering you to get the right things done.
 How to get traction, stick to your focus, ignore nonpriorities, avoid the allure of unproductive busyness
   and master your boundaries so you can resist distractions.
 How to build a plan that places people at the intersection of their strengths, weaknesses, differences and
   passions,  maximizing their success and impact on the organization.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Peter Bregman

Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a company that strengthens leadership in people and in
His most recent book is Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results
You Want, a New York Post top pick for your career in 2015. His previous book was The Wall Street Journal best seller 18
Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom
Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year on NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the
New York Post as a top 10 business book. He is also the author of Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change and
contributor to five other books. Featured on PBS, ABC and CNN, Bregman’s articles and commentary appear frequently in
Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Psychology Today, Forbes, The Financial Times,
CNN, NPR and FOX Business News.
Bregman began his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions and then moved into the
consulting field with the Hay Group and Accenture, before starting Bregman Partners in 1998. Bregman has advised
CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, American Express, Brunswick
Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, FEI, GE Capital, Merck, Clear Channel,
Nike, UNICEF and many others.
Bregman bases his work on the notion that everyone—no matter their job or level—has the opportunity to lead.
Unfortunately, most do not. There is a massive difference between what we know about leadership and what we do as
leaders. What makes leadership hard is not theoretical, it is practical. It is not about knowing what to say or do. It is about
whether you’re willing to experience the discomfort, risk and uncertainty of saying or doing it.
In other words, the critical challenge of leadership is, mostly, the challenge of emotional courage. Since 1989, Bregman
has trained and coached all levels of management and individuals to recognize their leadership, exhibit leadership
behaviors, model and stimulate change, and foster growth of their own emotional courage as well as that of their teams
and colleagues.
Bregman earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and his Master of Business Administration degree
from Columbia University.
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