It’s so easy to give the ‘take some time out to think’ advice: much harder to act on it. Like daily exercise and early nights we all know that we would feel better.
But who can just drop the ‘priority got to do’ list? Everyone’s daily reality now is of demands and pressures that require constant vigilance to keep chaos from the door. (Or if it’s already there, from breaking through). Inevitably, it can feel hard to justify some hours out of the office to think. To think about change, say, or leadership, or simply to share experiences.
Thus most training days, almost whatever the subject, involve detailed agenda,
minute by minute day plans, and usually plenty of reading material for extra heft. While completely understandable, this can all become a justification process of
such effectiveness that real, long lasting benefits can be squeezed out.
Because ironically, the biggest ‘ahas’ are unplanned and unexpected: occurring
when space opens up to let them happen. Again and again I hear reported that it was the unplanned discussion or encounter that produced a new thought or perspective.
If you are able to ‘take some time out to think’, and find yourself reviewing any
power-packed training on offer, check for some space and time that isn’t
completely accounted for.
Oscar Wilde’s take on this was that ‘To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly
Go a step further: demand the unexpected.