PRACTICAL MINDFULNESS for THE BIGGER VISION
by Brent Stackhouse, MBA
September 12, 2017
PURPOSE & MEANING
During a business trip, I had the opportunity to consider Purpose. As part of my work, I look at data, I look at numbers, I read, I travel, I develop, I experience, I communicate. During that particular business trip, I was booked in a beautiful hotel adjoining an area with places to shop, places to work during the day, and places to dine. I complete research of various types.
I have completed work with percentages, formulae, correlation, and other variables. What was important about my business trip? I liked the space. There were other areas of meaning that I considered during my trip, yet I did not want to neglect meaning, experience, and connection. I noticed there were people that kept the space safe, beautiful, and functioning. There were several mindful people.
I noticed people that could decompress, experience, and have quiet work space. People held informal meetings and enjoyed conversations. There were people able to make purchases and have items of value in exchange for a monetary value. There was an overall Purpose for my business trip. There was a sense of Purpose as many individuals completed basic tasks with a sense of focus and attention, with mindfulness. Organizations often have a particular purpose. Individuals also complete tasks based on a purpose.
AWARENESS & MINDFULNESS
Our purpose impacts the particular tasks we include for completion. Within an organization, we are often tasked with:
- knowledge about the global economy,
- awareness of our company culture, and
- awareness of other organizations.
Such areas that gain our attention may result in an enlargement of our presence or allow us to improve and determine our efficiencies.
Awareness requires our giving of attention to external forces and internal processes. What about workers feeling inundated?
Placing Attention Upon: Technological innovation, New entrants in the marketplace, Acquisitions, Changes in the workforce, and Performance Goals could lead to feelings of being inundated.
Various messages are available about many subjects. However, as an organization, the company culture and basic task completion are important. Mindfulness allows the individual to encompass purpose while providing attention to skills and the tasks at hand. Mindfulness allows the worker to find contentment in present tasks. There is an awareness that as individual or department tasks are completed, greater objectives – with their returns of value are being fulfilled. A worker has an important role in the larger world of messages and events that may be equated with certain types of feelings.
VALUES & THE MARKETPLACE
Values. What are they? What does the term mean to you, to your associates, to a customer, to another organization’s customers? Here, we have messages. We have questions that may lead to numerous meetings and business analysis data sets. We also have the opportunity to determine our roles and implement mindfulness. When we consider organizational values, many people would desire a level of understanding, a level of connection, a level of competence, a level of interest, and a level of reliability or standardization. When we have a level of attention expressed about our tasks, the service or product is associated with company values and values in the marketplace. A larger vision is often attainable with practical mindfulness and task completion.
Brent Stackhouse, MBA
CEO/CVO, Consultancy Firm Manager
The Stackhouse Agency, LLC
High Point, North Carolina