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Mindful : August 2015
Imagine you’ve just been promoted at your job in a large organization. That’s the good news. The bad news is that you’re asked to fly tomorrow to sort out problems in a branch office you’ve had no contact with before now. No one is clear what the core problem is, but you are sent there to sort it out—with the power to hire and fire. You are overwhelmed. How do you begin? When faced with a challenge, we should ask ourselves two questions: “What’s actually going on?” and “What should I do?” How we follow through on these questions will determine the wisdom and effectiveness of our actions, be it with family, work, or our personal lives. Of course, we all differ in our approaches. Some of us feel more comfortable thinking about the questions that a challenge raises rather than rushing to act. Others prefer acting quickly rather than pausing to inquire. But in order to act wisely, we need to access both clear insight and decisive action. Insight without action is By Michael Chender HOW TO ACT WHEN YOU’RE STUCK Michael Chender teaches workshops in Wise Action, with master big brush calligrapher Barbara Bash, through the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute and elsewhere. Acting wisely means marrying insight to action. Here’s one approach to help you decide when to act, and when to wait. 72 mindful August 2015 practices insight