I suppose it’s a sign of the times …
Many people have been and are writing around the concept of mindfulness these days. With economic, social, and political turmoil, an increasingly rapid pace of technology change, and deep uncertainty about the future, we human beings naturally find ourselves looking inward for help.
Mindfulness is being touted of late as an overlooked and essential part of our daily mental routine. My thinking about it has to do with leadership and management. Generally, mindfulness has one essential characteristic:
Attention to the now ~ not looking ahead or behind, but focusing on now
To do this in our busy, busy world, we need to carry out two sub-tasks:
Consider without judgment or filters ~ most problematic for our judgment-oriented selves
We learn to make judgments and evaluate situations. As a young military leader, I was hammered with the concept of “decisiveness”, closely linked to “action”. In other words, decide quickly and then act.
Useful in some situations, really harmful in others.
Consider without distractions ~ being fully present in the moment without allowing anything else to intrude
Have you ever had the full attention of someone? I mean, their complete attention ~ total concentration on you without anything else getting in the way.
The interaction has a definite beginning and end. It’s an event. The power of this in terms of authentic leadership and motivation cannot be understated.
Mindfulness is powerful stuff and too often only experienced with a professional therapist or counselor. This is how you should be with those whom you lead and manage and how you should experience those who lead and manage you.
About the leading quote: Michael Carroll writes about being “Awake at Work” and is one of the more helpful sources for mindfulness in the work environment. I suggest you get to know him and his work … soon:)
Being mindful of myself in the Heartland …