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How mindfulness makes you a more effective leader

In culture, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Leadership, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on December 6, 2016 at 5:17 am

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According to research conducted by Harvard University, about 47 percent of us spend our waking hours thinking about something other than what we’re doing. What this means is that we are not present or conscious in the moment to fully listen, connect and engage with events, opportunity and people around us; all vital elements to being an effective leader.

The Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard University claims that mindfulness enhances the qualities organizations need. Qualities such as increased brain-wave activity, enhanced intuition and better focus. All also vital elements to being an effective leader.

Mindfulness contributes to raising your awareness of self and of those around you. It increases your ability to be mindful of your emotions, reactions and therefore, your behaviors. These are all exemplary qualities to have as a leader.

To be an effective leader, leaders are taught to lead via the three vital pillars of leadership:

  1. Leading from within
  2. Leading by example
  3. Leading others

So what if as a leader, you practice mindfulness? How much more engaging would your leadership presence be? How much more effective and focused would you be as a leader?

A mindful and focused leader is a leader with a strong leadership presence. Someone who can lead better towards his or her vision via a structured business strategy.

Let’s look at how mindfulness can boost each pillar of leadership.

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How to use mindfulness to stay ninja focused

In culture, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on November 4, 2016 at 4:56 am

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The words busy, dynamic and stress are so rampant in our vocabulary that we forget to stop and focus on the core elements that contribute to each day.

What if there was a way to choose how we describe our perspective simply by using other words or a different thought process? How would that assist us in making the most of our potential skills and talents without exhausting ourselves? Here’s where we could consider practicing mindfulness.

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Five simple but powerful tips to increase your influential presence

In Change Management, Communication, Effectiveness, Inspire, Leadership, Performance Management, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on July 6, 2015 at 2:14 am

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Ever wondered why some people are so much more influential and persuasive than others?

American politician Jim Roth once said: “If you just communicate, you can get by. But if you communicate skilfully, you can work miracles.”

Now there’s a notion; working miracles. What exactly does that entail? A sense of power, achievement, and an ability to reach any desired goal. Profound attributes any leader would covet. Indeed, the quote certainly brings to mind the ability to communicate effectively with an aim to influence or persuade. Certainly an alluring quality. But not just for leaders. Why? Well, because influencing and persuading is a necessary skill for anyone, whether in the professional or personal sphere. It is a transferable skill that can be applied in various situations.

Influencing skills are critical to help you achieve your desired outcomes
Influencing is about being able to convince your stakeholder of the importance of an issue and to see things from a different perspective. If you haven’t got their buy-in, then you haven’t influenced or persuaded them effectively.

And here’s the thing. Influencing and persuading is not just about one conversation. I’m afraid there’s no shortcut. Sometimes, it can be a series  of conversations with the same or different stakeholder over a period of time. And in fact, how long it takes you to achieve the outcome that you’re looking for will depend on the rapport and quality of the relationship.

So what makes an effective influencer?

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Five simple listening tips that automatically change the way you listen

In Communication, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Leadership, Personal Branding, Philosophy on June 20, 2015 at 7:08 am

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I was sitting in a cafe recently and noticed the couple next to me. She was talking. He was on his smart phone. Scrolling. Reading. And nodding. Apparently he was listening. Apparently. She thought so, too. Because she kept talking. Mind you, she was looking at him. Talking and making eye contact. Or at least, attempting to. He had his eyes fixed on the phone.

Hands up those of you who have seen this scene. It’s not an unheard of situation. We see it all the time. But have we become so busy, we have to constantly multitask? Even at the detriment of how we connect with others?

If I was sitting across from someone who would dare do that, I would stop talking. It’s a waste of time. And energy. It is disrespectful. And it damages your personal brand to pretend to listen when you’re not. I wanted to shake that person sitting at that table across that poor woman.

But before we get there, there is hope. Here are five simple tips on how to listen actively.

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Three simple steps to state management

In Communication, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Leadership, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on February 9, 2015 at 10:54 am

How many times have we been in a situation where we lose our sense of state?

Ruffled feathers. Passionate heart. Blood boiling. Or just plain fear in a state of crisis. Just some of the ways to describe a state of flurry. These are merely euphemisms. Of course.

And we respond based on our emotional reactions. We freeze. Or we prepare to go for the jugular. Both not very constructive courses of action.

In his 1996 bestseller Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman calls this the amygdala hijack, where one responds inappropriately due to a hijack of the amygdala, a part of the brain that regulates fight or flight responses.

But in a situation where this can occur, it’s a very fine balance that one needs to strike. Pardon the pun.

So let’s look at three very simple steps.

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The art of mindfulness

In Branding, Creative, Development, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on July 21, 2014 at 10:50 pm

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I was watching an episode of ‘An Idiot Abroad’ the other night. And the protagonist, Karl Pilkington, was in Petra, Jordan.

In this particular episode, he had spent countless hours on a camel, then overnight in a camp with others and having dinner eating parts of an animal he didn’t care for, then finally had had enough and insisted they drive the rest of the next day’s journey to their destination.

By the time Karl Pilkington got to Petra, one of the wonders of the world, and one of my most revered dream destinations, he was beside himself.

I watched with amusement at how distracted he was. Despite standing in the presence of one of the world’s most magnificent wonders, the carved ancient city that stood in front of him was furthest from his mind.

I wondered how I would react given being in the same situation. I found myself empathizing with the man. It was humbling.

Then I started wondering how, if I could whenever I want to, tap into the resources I have within me, to bring myself back to the present moment to simply be.

Is it all easier said than done?

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Word of the day: awareness

In Branding, Inspire, Leadership, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking, Word of the day on July 20, 2014 at 11:57 am

I haven’t done one of these in a while. But I’m currently writing a blog about mindfulness and the word ‘awareness’ is a theme through it.

So it’s only fitting that it becomes the word of the day.

Stay tuned for the blog. Meanwhile, the art of practicing awareness comes from within and self first.

Only by mastering the art of being aware of self can we then learn the art of being aware of others.

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