November 19, 2017

Archives for October 2015

It’s the orderliness of you (or your business) that matters…

Four business people in a discussion…not necessarily the orderliness of your systems.

Order around us is generally helpful and a good thing—of course it is, but at the end of the day…

What really counts is our own internal order—how organised we are in what we do and how we think and who we are.

Sometimes we need to allow a little disorder outside to have order inside.

For example, it may not be vital to have one neat and tidy task management system. What is vital is effective and, ideally, efficient completion of tasks in a sensible enough order. That might mean running several management systems in parallel and accepting the messiness that entails.

In other words…

Make sure you’re optimising the right thing.

Culturally, the assumption is orderly externals lead to orderly internals. Sometimes it’s the other way round. We need to allow for the possibility—in organisations as well as in ourselves.

And if you’re more orderly inside, you’ll create more order outside.

From where does personal presence come?

TeamWe’ve all experienced people who have a powerful presence, whether we’ve come across them individually ourselves or just observed them as public figures. Indeed, we may well have that quality to a degree—even a considerable degree—ourselves. Perhaps we might like to strengthen it, or helps others strengthen it.

Presence is a key competent of natural leadership after all—the ability to make something useful happen without necessarily having the explicit authority that might appear to be needed. It’s also a key component of influence in relationships, both personal and professional.

The question is…

What are the key ingredients of presence?

Wisdom, attention to others, inner peacefulness, the capacity to absorb input, resilience, flexibility, needlessness, the ability to sense, the capacity to care… could be some of them. Perhaps being in touch with an inner strength and an openness to go with it is the key.

And how can these ingredients be developed?

By gathering knowledge, by accepting what “is” (i.e. what is unchangeable), by owning what we manifest and, therefore, can change, by seeing clearly, by overcoming our ego and identifying with our Self, by acting with courage and belief…

What do you think? What else is needed?