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Mindful : December 2017
1 2 3 4 5 THINGS GET HOT IN A MEETING AND EMOTIONS TAKE OVER If you ask yourself, “ What outcome do I truly want here?”, you may be able to see your true aim more clearly and defuse the excess emotion that may be getting in the way. It’s not about doing away with passion and emotion; it’s about assessing how to spend the precious resource of your—and everyone else’s— mental energy. SCENARIO RESPONSE SCENARIO SCENARIO DISTRACTION KEEPS YOU FROM ACCOMPLISHING IMPORTANT THINGS NEGATIVE MINDSETS SHUT DOWN SITUATIONS YOU TAKE OVER TOO MUCH— PERHAPS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE THE HERO WHO FIXES EVERYTHING YOU REGULARLY INTERRUPT PEOPLE By Jeremy Hunter, Founding Director, Executive Mind Leadership Institute, Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University Mindfulness can easily be thought of as a retreat from the outsized challenges leaders like Mark Tercek often face. But when things get tough, asking yourself what’s actually happening can be an act of mindfulness. Taking on the Big Challenges SCENARIO SCENARIO When you have that feeling of being lost, you can inquire, “ Where is the most impor t- ant place for my focus and energy to be right now?” To help promote deep focus, try creating a 90- minute block on your calendar (say in the form of a faux doctor’s appointment)— that is your untouchable focus time. RESPONSE Ask questions of yourself and others that lead to solutions or at least greater understanding, not blame and recrimination: “ What can we learn? What’s possible here? What are our strengths? What can we build on? What can we leave behind?” RESPONSE This is a prescrip- tion for burning yourself out while undermining others’ opportu- nities to learn and become empow- ered. You need to ask, “Why am I really doing this? Does ‘helping’ make me feel important?” You may come to see that you’re less overwhelmed and the team is more capable when you delegate authority to others. RESPONSE Oops! There goes that hair trigger again. See if you can use your bodily senses as an early warning system to interrupt hasty outbursts. Ask yourself, “ What happens in my body the moment before I interject?” See if you can step back and ride out the impulse to interrupt. ● RESPONSE MINDFULNESS IN ACTION December 2017 mindful 71