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Peace attracts others
Necessary for a leader
How do you manage at the speed of light? Deftly. You need speed and skill. If you were training for a high-speed race you would make sure your vehicle was in top condition. So too, for your body and mind. You would search for the “zone” to be at your best. What is the “zone” for your managing? You would train and practice. You have opportunity to do that each day. Why manage at the speed of light? Our world now requires it. The choice is manage there or burn out.
I just signed up for Zen Habits’ Mindful Eating program. Doing so, I started thinking about being mindful at work and what that means. It is about being fully in the present moment. Doing this in quiet, harmonious surroundings is an advantage. Doing this at work with the pace, interpersonal relationships, stress and physical environment is another thing. What are the advantages of being mindful at work? By being mindful, you bring your best to everything you do. By being mindful, you recognize early signs of stress, conflict, crisis and opportunity. You are healthier, happier, focused and more effective. How to start? Small steps. First, observe how mindful you are in the course of your workday. Answer the question, are you mindful. If there’s room for improvement, take one hour a day to practice mindfulness at work. See where it brings you and go from there.
Respect for others is an essential element of good leadership that is often disregarded by those who manage. Respect demands honest and frequent communication, acting in a way that affirms others’ dignity, evaluating the effects of actions and decisions on those you manage and treating others as valuable partners
Why is respect so often disregarded? I think many managers are afraid of taking accountability for the choices they make and would rather not communicate or connect on an interpersonal level. Others forget the importance of the people who report to them. Others value other aspects of their business much more than people.
If you are disrespected at your work, even if only once, give this some thought. What is the disrespect communicating to you, whether intended by the other person or not? Is there something to speak up about? Is the organization the right one for you? Do not let disrespect grow. It erodes your sense of dignity and does you no good.