Bright Idea

An excerpt from the book The Transition Game, written by CFOLC member Greg Olney. For more information on Olney, scroll down.


The reason that people drive so horribly when they have cell phones next to their ear is that the cell phone cuts out the peripheral view. Someone might think that cutting out the peripheral view would lend to focus, but it doesn’t. Cutting out the peripheral diverts attention away from multiple points of view. You may need multiple points of view to properly assess your position. Without multiple vantage points, most good decisions cannot be made. Distraction is defined as diverting attention away from something. Eliminating multiple vantage points can be distracting.

Distraction can also happen when you aren’t solely focused on one thing. You could be distracted by all the preparations that have to be made and completely miss the point of the party. You’ll begin striking out at others:

• “Doesn’t anyone else care?”

• “Why am I left to do all this work by myself?”

• “Tell someone to help me!”

All of these utterances would be stated by someone who’s worried and upset about trivial matters, but this person will miss the one point. Don’t get distracted by the preparation when the time has come for a Commitment to Change. There is time to do the prep work. That is important. Prepping in the kitchen means that the food will come out better in the dining room. But prepping in the kitchen shouldn’t be done when the party is going on unless you’re not part of the festivities. Some people want to be poor pitiful Pearl. “Oh. Woe is me. Look at all I have to do. I am so much better than all of you who haven’t prepared anything.” What does that thinking get you? Nothing, except missing the party at which you should be.

Desires of this world are also distractions. Too often we all get sidetracked by the shiny object on the side of the road. Pleasure is not an indicator of what’s good. In fact, “doing whatever feels right” gets you into trouble a lot of the time. I can tell you from personal experience. Distract becomes dis-track. These distractions take you off the tracks that would have led you to your destination.

About The Author

Greg Olney-780863-edited.jpgGreg Olney is a business and management professional with over 30 years in management of Finance, Operations, Client Service, Project Management, and IT with companies ranging from multi-million dollars to multi-billion dollars.  He has consulted with large and small businesses to create new departments, improve service, develop people, and “projectize” organizations.

Greg lives in the Southern California area and utilizes his time with his wife and children while doing volunteer work.   He also holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, Real Estate, and Law from the California State University, Long Beach.  In the past, he has attained his CPP (Certified Payroll Professional) and insurance licenses.  He has expertise in developing people through programs involving Project Management, Leadership, Business Motivation, and industry-centric areas.

He has authored books centered around change management – The Transition Game, Commitment to Change, Why Change Fails, and (yet to be released) Restoration. All of these books describe the model he built about the transitional movement from the status quo to each person’s and organization’s commitment to change.  Greg founded a business called GONATELLE, a consulting company, which focuses on Needs Assessment and Transition to the next Echelon while understanding Lessons Learned and Executing solutions.  He lives out his purpose and has done presentations for people ranging from prisoners to presidents.  His purpose is to affect change in others so that they can do great things.