Leadership Tasks

Advice and recommendations for applying mindfulness in leadership situations

Feedforward
Feedforward
January 19, 2017
Feedback usually relates to past events – „I noticed that you…“

Try feedforward. What potential to the people have who are working with you that they have not yet recognized? Look forward, even if the future is not yet visible. Try this experiment.

Don future glasses and look to the future. Let go of all experience.

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Dreams
Dreams
January 12, 2017
Your days at work are full – a lot to do, many discussions and projects etc. Your mind is constantly stimulated. When you finally finish work, are you able to shut down then? What do you do at home in the evening? What about your sleep – do you dream? And if so, what do you dream? It may sound odd but it is possible to dream consciously. Being asleep, your brain processes the day in an amazing way. Put pen and paper next to your bed, and try to write down your ... READ MORE
Beginnings
Beginnings
January 1, 2017
Intention 2017 Starting the year, you have the unique opportunity to write an intention for it. Be aware of the new year and don’t start habitually. You may have the intention to treat yourself better or to live a healthier life. You may also have the intention to do things in a more conscious way. Or you may want to spend more time with the ones you love, or, quite the opposite, to commit yourself completely to success.

Write down your ideas and notions, then think about an intention. Best would be a photo ... READ MORE

Christmas Time
Christmas Time
December 22, 2016
Things you can do during Christmas time: Did you work like a maniac until the end of the year or did you gently fade out? Anyway, allow yourself to relax and enjoy your holidays. It is an appropriate time for “the year in review”. Which title would your “Movie 2014” have? What went really good, what went wrong? What exactly would you like to avoid and what to cultivate? Did you lose something in your life over the past year? And what’s new?

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Check-in
Check-in
December 15, 2016
Over the week try out a daily check-in: As soon as you sit down in your office chair, maintain a straight posture for three minutes. Feel the contact with your chair and sense your breath. On the body-level: Which signs does your body send out this morning? Sense your tensions – try to release them somehow. Which parts of your body feel good? Emotional level: In which mood are you today? Name this feeling or give it a colour or perhaps a metaphor. On the mental level: Which thoughts dominate your mind this ... READ MORE
Ideas
Ideas
December 8, 2016
Do you have a lot of ideas or rather no idea at all? The question is rather, what you do with your ideas even if they are rare? Do you keep or implement them? Just rate yourself. If you buy a little book to write down all of your ideas, think about them thoroughly: Is one of them worth implementing? Just ask yourself: Is this idea helpful for anyone? What would be the effect of its implementation? Is it the right time to realize this idea? Do I have enough resources for it? ... READ MORE
Orientation
Orientation
December 1, 2014
Are you a beacon for your colleagues? Where does your light shine to guide them? Take a look at your speech. Do you say: “Please avoid mistakes“ ?or do you ask: “Which opportunities do you see?“ The first question will shift their attention to sources of error and less to development. The second question will bring about development and people’s potentials. Both possibilities are true, there is no judgment. But please ask yourself what exactly you want. It is possible to focus the attention of your colleagues on certain objects, attitudes or point of ... READ MORE
Balance
Balance
November 24, 2014
In this week, observe yourself precisely – How do you keep your balance? Where do you add “too much” or “not enough”? In which context do you act „too fast” or „not fast enough”? There is no reason to judge your behavior. The question is, however, if your decision was based on a conscious mind or done in an unconscious way based on habitual patterns. If you listen to your body you instantly feel the extremes.

Could you find a happy medium for yourself? A medium is only a medium if extremes are allowed. ... READ MORE

Management by walking around
Management by walking around
November 17, 2014
Every step keeps you healthy, and also affects the healthiness of your colleagues working close to you. Walk around and visit your colleagues at their desks this week. Have a look at what they do and how they do it. Join in, watch your colleagues in a benevolent and supporting way. Talk to each other, show your interest and be enjoy time together. Take this precious time! People depend on contact and compliments. After all, we are social beings. What you need is the clear decision for time – it facilitates development.

 

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Put your cards on the table
Put your cards on the table
November 10, 2014
How much transparency do you show to your boss and colleagues? Be straightforward and face things – as soon as you are honest with yourself and others, new opportunities arise. If nobody knows what you think or what you want, you won’t expect no change, impulse or innovation at all. Try not to manoeuver around. Others easily sense all kinds of secrets and underlying comments – „something’s wrong, … he acts very strange, … feels like he is leaving soon, … what‘s going on here?“ People can feel if something is wrong. Be ... READ MORE
Development
Development
November 3, 2014
You may be an experienced leader or just started your job. One thing is for sure, you never stop learning… As a leader you continue developing yourself.

Over the week, think about the next steps and what kind of training is needed to further this development.

Don’t stop and rest on what you have achieved until now. Development is fun! During the week, be inspired by any possibility to learn.

 

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Using the intelligence of emotions
Using the intelligence of emotions
October 27, 2014
Do you think emotions do not belong in the workday? Far from it. Emotions contain intelligence and ensure our survival – not just physically but also socially. They give us hints and orientation. Emotions can be felt in the body and are there to make us aware of something. In working life we are used to trying to control or even suppress our emotions. We do not appreciate them or trust them. In the course of this week develop curiosity towards your emotions. When do you feel them? What? Where in your body? ... READ MORE
My source of strength
My source of strength
October 20, 2014
Reflect on your source of strength this week. Why did I want to become a leader? What inspired me and inspires me? What has changed since then? If you fly over your day in a helicopter, what has become of you?

Write down your thouhgts about this on a daily basis, without judging yourself. Be honest but appreciative.

 

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Surprise
Surprise
October 14, 2014
When was the last time you surprised your team – except with new deadlines? What about nice surprises?

It does not have to be much – sometimes less is more. But just expressing appreciation, thanking them for a good collaboration. A nice breakfast together. A nice mail to all.

Surprise them.

 

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Review and preview
Review and preview
October 12, 2014
Is life what you imagined it to be? What were your plans? Wishes? What did you maybe forget at one waystation? What have you neglected? What do you maybe want to take up again? Is something new about to arise? Should things stay the way they are? Take a walk to reflect on these things, nature might help you with finding some answers. ... READ MORE
Transitions
Transitions
October 6, 2014
Transitions impact our lives deeply. From being asleept to being awake, from youth to adulthood, from sitting to standing. We think life is continuous, often with no space. But actually there are gaps all the time if we notice them. In the lift we have a moment to think, in a traffic jam a moment to notice a beautiful flower. There are always transitions between things and we can pass through them consciously. The transition from work to home. Do we leave work at work or do we take it with ... READ MORE
Rules
Rules
September 29, 2014
Every culture develops its own rules. Everyone can orient themselves according to these rules, as long as they are known and explicit. Often there are unspoken rules, such as we don’t have conflicts. Take some time this week to reflect on which rules of communication apply in your team and department? Are these known to everyone? Are they helpful? Do they need to be adjusted? Which ones should we put to rest?

Reflect on them together – ideally with your team. ... READ MORE

Listening mindfully
Listening mindfully
September 22, 2014
Direct your attention this week to listening. Do you listen when someone is speaking to you? Or are you already thinking about the next sentence, the next formulation? Do you already have answer ready because you know what someone is going to say?

Reflect on the following three principles of listening:

Listen positively and empathically – be in contact with your conversation partner with open mind and open heart. Step into their shoes. Listen from the future. Feel what the best future would be for your dialog partner. How could they flourish? Power of ... READ MORE
The big picture
The big picture
September 15, 2014
In the hectic of daily working life we can easily lose our overview. What is the impact of our actions on the bigger whole? Take a moment to reflect on the bigger picture, of your department or your company. What is needed? Take a moment to think about the wider view, and not be so caught. Open the window and raise the gaze to the horizon. ... READ MORE
Leadership is lonely
Leadership is lonely
September 8, 2014
Being a leader is often a lonely task. You have to resolve a lot with yourself, or at least we often think so. Sometimes we feel lonely with this responsibility. With whom do you talk about these things? With whom do you engage in confidential dialogues. Who helps you in difficult times. Whom do you really tell how you are. Do you speak openly with other leaders in your organization? Who do you help? For whom are you there if they need someone?

Reflect on this. If someone is there for you, be grateful ... READ MORE

Vision
Vision
September 1, 2014
Where is my lifes journey going? Where do I want my company to be in 5 years. Do I have pictures and feelings for this? Is this vision inspiring for me. Does it move me? Others? Does it fit with the heart of what my company does? Remain in contact with this vision for this week. Keep it in your heart and mind. Speak about it – share it with others, enter into a dialogue with others about it. Visions are emotional messages, they are not rooted in numbers. They are rooted ... READ MORE
Success
Success
August 25, 2014
Perhaps this coming week will be a challenging one. See if you can remain present and mindful throughout the week, and fulfill the tasks before you. Rouse your energy to be on the spot, mindful. This is also a question of willpower. Avoid fragmentation and distraction – do not let your attention be frittered away. Be focused without being harsh or unkind, simply on the dot. Take 5 minutes before you day begins and actually think through your tasks and goals for the day. Do not let yourself be distracted. Be mindful of ... READ MORE
Meeting culture
Meeting culture
August 18, 2014
How many meetings do you have a week? How many of them are really productive. Imagine you could shorten the meetings by 25% and still include the essential points, how would you have to plan your meetings? On what would you have to focus? What would you have to agree on with the other participants. What would you need to avoid? Pay attention to the meeting culture in the coming week. Remain focused and awake – a mindful posture can help. When you notice things are drifting, have the courage to change ... READ MORE