Being awake is about having presence of mind, which means that your mind is in the present. The practice of presence of mind is not to be in the present exclusively, however – we're constantly making sense of the world by moving between past, present and future. The question is whether this is done intentionally or not. In the Challenge of Change resilience programme, intentionally giving attention to the past or the future is called reflection, while waking sleep is having attention snatched away. Reflection requires detachment, which means being able to maintain perspective, and the trap inherent in this process is attachment. A detached view of the past allows you to learn from experience, and a detached view of the future provides scenarios that can be explored for their likely implications. An attached view of past and future leads to regrets, guilt, and expectations based on hope or fear.Read More
This month, Cynthia Johnson, an Associate of The Challenge of Change contributes a guest blog.
How is Sir Graham Henry coping with the stress of releasing a book and the furore surrounding his suspicion about match fixing in the 2007 game against France? From the comments he has previously made about pressure and stress, we imagine he is not doing too badly.Read More
There's an old joke about the aspiring jazz musician visiting New York and trying to find directions to Carnegie Hall. He stops and asks a jazz busker on the street how to get there, and the busker says "practice, man, practice".Read More
In my last blog I described a recent case study with a large NZ company, which began by questioning the usefulness of a 360 feedback system comprising 31 dimensions, each rated on a 0 to 5 scale. Complex rating systems like this are almost impossible to analyse, and as a first step the dimensions were reduced by factor analysis to just two, labelled Relationship Skills and Task Skills.Read More