A fresh start
12 August 2011 Leave a comment
My work has taken on a new purpose and meaning as I am now working more with people who are managing different challenges in their lives. I have reached a threshold in my personal development where its time to move onto the next level with different work and people.
My intention is to focus on individuals and groups that are willing to look at themselves and the results they are getting and make some changes. This is no easy thing as most of us are being run by behaviours which were vital for our survival at the time we chose them, but now, are causing problems and limiting us.
To do this I intend to use a mixture of skills to suit the situation and people. (Click on ‘ABOUT’ above to see)
Writing my MA, psychotherapy dissertation and finally, qualifying, has been a life-changing experience and has stirred up lots of ideas for the future, as well as old processes long forgotten but still alive and kicking underneath.
What has inspired me is seeing the impact that a subtle change of approach or view on the familiar can have.
It’s a bit like the Einstein quote above, about using a different level of thinking to the one that caused the problem. By allowing things to slow down a bit, and bringing some awareness to the situation, in the right environment, space is created for change to take place.
This does make me wonder how different things would be in business if we stopped, momentarily, to assess how things were going and what would make them even better, rather than running on, sticking plasters over what needs mending.
Frequently, I work with companies that are struggling to get things out of the door. Sometimes these companies are victims of their own success. It can be a great temptation to throw people at a problem rather than making time for bit of observation and talking to the people who are running the process to get accurate data.
This points towards the main reason for the struggle being a lack of communication with staff and an ability to get the best out of them. These skills are not always natural and are generally learned through the pain of getting it wrong!
I believe they can be learned and a key skill is the ability to view the world from the standpoint of the other person. That and justifying time for some personal development and self-reflection.
I have read that most of us spend 95% of our lives living in some sort of trance, frequently created by pressure of work and keeping things going. Our heads become full of all the day to day problems and panics, not just at work but at home as well. What if we were able to momentarily stop, wake up to be present, here and now and review? What more might be possible then?