Or, is it innate?
I’ve always thought I was pretty resilient, capable of working long hours with little sleep. Juggling multiple projects, constant travel, relearning how to use my iPhone after an update , facing major setbacks in my life and still carrying on with a smile and with energy.
I feel ashamed when I think of my judgment of others, in the past, who haven’t seemed resilient ... who have said they are too tired to engage, too weak to continue, too defeated to fight ... I always thought you simply needed mental resilience to overcome physical depletion.
Compassion comes from the Latin – compati – ‘suffer with’ and there is no doubt that at the moment we are all completely in the same boat and suffering in our own small or big ways.
So, it stands to reason that now is the time to show the greatest compassion we can to ourselves and everyone else – whether they be individuals, teams, groups, communities or society more generally.
Well, an easy answer is leading with presence by thinking about it …
Although, as with all things, that would be way too simplistic a view. To be a conscious leader we first have to invest time in understanding self – in fact to be any kind of fully functioning human being we probably have to do this! Let’s stick to leadership though…
As leaders, we contemplate more often on the nature and state of things. How are we managing at any one moment? Are we delivering consistency to others? How are we supporting the people that rely on us? What changes can we see coming over the horizon?
And on its way, at full throttle, presently is a message that speaks of a future laden with The New Normal. What does this actually mean though?
Since the end of the industrial age, our lives (personal and professional) have been getting more complex. This isn’t to say that things are getting more difficult, it’s that their form has become less static, less predictable – you will no doubt have heard of this explained as VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous), a term that emerged in the late 80s.
When it comes to personal health and mindfulness, one phrase we hear being used is work-life balance. Its use might imply that there’s work and then our actual life somewhere else and that somehow work is of low personal value, yet it’s required to partner our personal life which is of high value. This attitude tends to be counter-intuitive and inaccurate.
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