Stop all of your doing-ness, all of your thinking. Just be for a while. Even for only a moment. It can change everything.
– Neale D. Walsch
We’re often so busy rushing around trying to change, fix, or improve things that we miss what is really going on in the world around us. Mindfulness is a core zen concept that involves being truly aware of the world around us.
Perhaps a leader’s greatest responsibility is is to enable himself, and others, to be mindful. Being aware of what is really going on leads to calmer leadership and a better perspective for decisions. It can even improve ethical decision-making as a larger context is considered.
Slow down, even stop, take a break and look around. What is really going on around the office, the factory, or the home that you haven’t noticed? Right here, right now? Can you be aware of your surroundings without being judgmental? It can be a tough shifting of gears. How does your personal and professional leadership change as being mindful changes your perspective on the here and now?