Is there a colleague with whom you have a strained working relationship? If, by chance, you are some kind of work superhero who just answered “no” to that question, is there at least someone with whom you would like to have a better relationship?
If so, please ask yourself the following questions in relation to that person:
Do you notice him as he truly is today, or based on your memory of how he was last week or last month – or even last year?When you have a conversation with him, is your only aim to change his mind? Or also to change your own?When you see his name in your inbox, do you already have a “story” about him, before even opening the email?
These issues get to the heart (and brain) of executive mindfulness. While we know from research that mindfulness is good for us, what seems to be missing from the conversation is how one might be mindful at work, without meditating at our desks or breaking into a sun salutation. But an understanding of mindfulness – how it really operates in the context of daily work activities – is essential to good working relationships; relationships that let both us and our coworkers grow and change over time.
Via The Learning Factor