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Creating Conditions for Success

Educating both parties about the purpose and process involved in the use of a new skill or practice will increase the likelihood of its success. The leader who is using the new skill will have more confidence through knowing that their team members understand what they are looking to do, and are clear on their role in the process and therefore less likely to resist its introduction.

‘Being Present’ is a Present

‘Being present’ is truly a present. Eckhart Tolle in his book ‘The Power of Now,’ defines presence as the moments between Perception and Thought. Presence is used interchangeably with ‘equanimity.’ Equanimity is a state of mental or emotional stability or composure arising from a deep awareness and acceptance of the present moment. ‘Being present’ is increasingly a rare state of mind, unless we really work at it. Distractions abound. If you feel as though you’re not getting traction, practising presence may be just the ticket. Proponents such as Jon Kabat-Zinn and Eckhart Tolle write of the virtues of presence and its link to effectiveness, efficiency and life enjoyment. Presence is strongly linked to self-efficacy, because it is based on a sense that we really can make an impact. Presence is also linked to elegance and ease of execution, sometimes referred to as ‘the sweet spot.‘ Presence is strongly linked to leadership, as well as to enduring relationships. As a state of mind, presence becomes easier when we truly accept the situation we find ourselves in. Regular mindfulness practice helps with the every day presence. It doesn’t sound a lot, but just 10 minutes a day, twice a day, can make a massive positive difference to the quality of our day. Less struggle, more appreciation for what is going right, are some of the things we’ll notice.

Struggle of the juggle

The struggle of the juggle is a topic very dear to my heart as a working mother of three, a Director, a Chairperson, a wife and an individual. So what is the struggle of the juggle? When I asked some of the key New Zealand women I know, they talked about this being the reality… Read more

Sustainable 180 by 365

One of the Altris values is Sustainability. A question we are asked about that is ‘what does this mean in reality?’ Like all organizations, the trick with company values is to put them into action. In this blog we want to share a few things that we’ve found out already about being sustainable in everything we do, all year round (180 degrees by 365 days)

Thoughts on Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems to have been one of the favourite flavours of the past year. Jon Kabat-Zinn is a key proponent of mindfulness. Through his efforts and others, it is moving towards becoming a respected approach for business people to experience increased head space, in an ever-demanding world of 24/7 availability.
There’s mindfulness in walking, picture drawing, washing yourself, juggling …. and the list goes on. Mindfulness to me is doing whatever you’re doing with awareness and appreciation, however difficult and unpleasant doing that thing is. Through it, we endeavour to gain access directly to the experience itself, whether that is a breath, a thought, a perception, a judgment….and all without judgment, which then gives us true wisdom and perspective. But mindfulness is not a panacea. Like any tool and philosophy, its use needs to be thoughtfully applied. I recommend the very readable book, ‘Wherever you go, there you are’ by Jon Kabat-Zinn.