I am becoming obsessed with the challenge of “not enough time” that I am seeing with ALL my clients, friends and colleagues. We are doing more, and it seems, getting less out of this frenzy. I am riveted to the concept of “creative destruction” to help understand and decide what tot STOP doing.
As a consequence, I’m seeing ideas everywhere. Here is one from Kevin Cashman from his book, The Pause Principle: step back to lead forward. And expect to hear more from me on this topic!
1. Pause for understanding. Certain that you know the answer? That’s a good time to step back, gather more information, ask another relevant question, listen to someone else’s perspective, consider alignment with values and purpose. ..
2. Pause for growth. Schedule time and invest in your personal leadership growth through self-awareness and learning. Help others grow and develop their talent… Step back to reward risk-taking; celebrate and appreciate failure for the learning that emerges.
3. Pause for teams. Lost your focus? Feel like you’ve gotten off track? Take the time to give everyone opportunity to express concerns, share their genuine feelings, ideas and listen authentically in the spirit of real collaboration…
4. Pause for resilience. Step back from the hurried, hectic pace, the onslaught of information and demands for energy, clarity, and fresh perspective. Go for a walk or run. Sit by the river… New ideas and innovation emerge in the spaces between the doing.
5. Pause for significance. Engulfed in hyper-speed and productivity? Next time you pick up your mobile device for a stream of transactions, pause and ask yourself, “What is really important today?” When you step back to reconnect with what you really value, what will you choose to do or not do?
Thanks to Christopher Robbins for creative-commons-ing his beautiful photo so I could share it again.