You may have noticed a recent proliferation of media attention to the benefits of mindfulness. As a decades-long meditation and mindfulness practitioner, I’m glad to see all this good press. Indeed, Huffington Post names mindfulness as a top trend for 2014.
If Mindfulness is the solution, what’s the problem?
If you’re going to commit time to develop a skill like mindfulness, you need to know not just the general benefits, but which of your specific challenges it will help with.
… Read more Mindfulness – Getting Real in Your Own Life
Like many others, I have been reflecting on the life and global contribution of Nelson Mandela. What struck me most was how over the course of his life he embraced paradox. He experienced the suffering of 21 years of imprisonment, yet learned to forgive. He started as a freedom fighter, “the spear of the nation” for his people, yet followed a path of peace and reconciliation.
As leaders, many of us find ourselves ‘on the horns of a dilemma’,
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When you think about the successful change efforts you’ve seen, either at work or in your personal life, have they been heroically directed or skilfully facilitated? I thought of this when reading a recent Globe and Mail article. George Edwards, a leading political scientist at Texas A&M University, asserts that part of the reason for Barack Obama’s current ‘lame duck status’ is an attempt to heroically direct change by using his personal intellect and charisma to sway public opinion and reshape the political landscape.
… Read more The Myth of Directing Change
Ask 12 people what’s going on during change and you’ll get a dozen different answers. Researchers know that change within a dynamic human system – our workplaces – is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous; ” VUCA”!
Faced with charged words like “volatile” many project managers hunker down and pay close attention to the concreteness of their deliverables. Anything that can’t be scoped out and assigned, is best ignored. They assume that, with good control mechanisms and good people in place,
… Read more Don’t miss a thing in your change project
I recently led a workshop on Change Management for HR professionals in Toronto. Most people are familiar with the planning and communication skills needed for the objective side of change; the new behaviours and new systems we want to put in place. We are not so comfortable with the subjective side of change – the personal transitions we need and want to make. But how do you put new resolutions into effect when you are already totally busy?
The busy person is full up
Let’s face it –
… Read more The Busy Person’s Path to Personal Change