Podcast #100 – Dave Crenshaw, “The Myth of Multitasking”


Wow, 100 episodes of my podcast since 2006! For this episode, I'm thankful to have the author of one of my favorite books in the last two years – Dave Crenshaw, author of The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done, a book I blogged about back in 2009. Dave's new book is called Invaluable: The Secret to Becoming Irreplaceable, a book I'm hoping to read soon.

In this podcast, Dave and I talk about so-called multitasking – why are we so tempted to do it, what are the costs of this switching back and forth between tasks, and what are some alternatives for individuals and for organizations?

Dave received his B.S. in business management-entrepreneurship from Brigham Young University, one of the nation's top entrepreneur programs, and began his coaching career in 1998. Dave is the President of the National Association of Productivity Coaches. He is also the founder of Invaluable Inc., a coaching and training corporation dedicated to helping companies, their leaders, and their employees become truly invaluable. You can read Dave's full bio here.

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  1. Mary Schlosser says

    Mark – Congratulations on podcast #100! And what a perfect guest, as I became a myth of multi-tasking “evangelist” (Dave Crenshaw’s term) in early 2009 after having read Dave’s book.

    You are to be commended for the wide variety of podcast guests. You give those of us who choose to listen some great exposure to exceptional people and ideas. Just another avenue for me to expand my Lean knowledge. Thank you for all of your behind-the-scenes effort involved with producing your podcasts.

    1. Mark Graban says

      Thanks, Mary! It’s my pleasure to do these interviews, as these are all people I enjoy talking to and I’m glad I can share them with you and the other listeners.

  2. Mike Butler says


    Your tireless efforts to share & build knowledge within our community does not go unnoticed in the far flung reaches of the world.

    Thank you for introducing me to Podcasts in general, helping me learn via them & the value these have helped me contribute to my organisation.

    Keep ’em coming & can’t wait to listen to this one!


  3. Jon Wetzel says

    Great podcast
    It was very interesting to hear that during multitasking we lose 28% of day by switching back and forth between tasks. It made me really think about my day. Sadly the number seems about right.

    The entire podcast was great. A lot of good information. Definitely worth a listen! Thanks Mark-

  4. Daniel Sullivan says

    I began listening to this podcast, at first, while trying to work on something else — that is, in a state of unconscious multitasking. However, I kept hearing Crenshaw talk about how multitasking actually decreases productivity, which made me very self conscious and convinced me to set what I was doing down in order to really listen to the podcast. I think I got much more out of it, by focusing. So maybe Crenshaw is right!

    1. Mark Graban says

      That’s very funny, Dan — it’s so tempting to multi-task and you realize you just lost what that podcast or TV show or person on the phone was saying. Thanks for admitting your lesson learned!

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  6. Matt Palmer says

    The link to the MP3 of this episode appears to be broken. Other episodes appear fine. I’m heartbroken, because I’d really like some more ammunition for those people who insist they can do quality work on four different things at once.

    Thanks for the podcast, it’s always on my regular listening list.

    1. Mark Graban says

      Thanks for pulling the proverbial “andon cord,” Matt. I’ve fixed the link. Sorry for any inconvenience…

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