When was the last time you ask yourself what you should stop doing (or spend less time doing) whether at work or in your personal life or do you just keep adding things? Kevin Cashman asks this question in The Pause Principle Step Back To Lead Forward. He believes the best way to successfully move ahead is to slow down and step back (pause). He indicates that what sleep is to the mind and body, pausing is to leadership especially in our fast-paced, achieve-more-now culture. Ask yourself what our addiction to action, our busy-ness, our preoccupation with incessant distractions and pursuit of the ubiquitous "more" in our 24/7, constantly connected globally caffeinated culture is doing to your leadership effectiveness? Is not your job as the leader to sort through the complexities and come to conscious connections with what is truly important? Do you ensure you frequently have the time and space for thinking, reflecting and decision-making? Think about using your pauses to;
In my leadership experience unless you schedule on your calendar this “pause time” and get away from your desk you will never benefit from it and you owe it to your staff/organization to be the most effective leader you can be.
Please share what works for you in getting this time.