Archive for June, 2011

Intentional change

beforeafter by My brain hurts! (Meik Weissert)

I wonder if that’s how he pictured his ideal self…

How does change happen?

What motivates change?

What makes a change sustainable?

Richard Boyatzis, Professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, has the answers… or maybe an answer: Intentional Change Theory.

Professor Boyatzis has earned a mention on this blog previously for a natty little theory he developed with David Kolb (of learning styles fame)  about the various modes of performance, learning and development one goes through repeatedly in one’s career. He is also a researcher, writer and speaker on the subject of emotional intelligence.

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In the moment. When is mindfulness most useful?

Free Child Walking on White Round Spheres Balance by D. Sharon Pruitt

Be aware of where you are putting your feet and they'll be less likely to end up in your mouth

Mindfulness is a cultivated state of mind in which you pay attention to the present moment. The modern usage of mindfulness is based on, but differs from, the Buddhist concept of sati (awareness). It is often linked to the practice of meditation but is now being investigated in relation to a number of different areas.

The idea of mindfulness came to prominence as a technique for stress reduction in the 1970s. Since then has been applied to a growing number of areas, such as pain management, education, behaviour management and cognitive therapy. In fact, I’m even going to be referring to it in a workshop on time management this week.

In the dim and distant past, a comment on a post discussing the concept of ‘Flow’ caused me to speculate about the difference between the notions of Flow and mindfulness. Last week, on the Advanced Guidance Skills course, I discussed mindfulness with some of the participants. This was in relation to the need to be acutely aware of what is going on moment-to-moment within a guidance or coaching discussion, where there is a constant danger of getting swept up in thinking about what you will do next with a client.

It was, therefore, interesting to come across an article in the Journal of Management (Dane, 2010) which seeks to clarify the relationship of mindfulness to other states of mind and which tries to identify the types of situation in which mindfulness might be useful and when it might not.

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An apology and an invitation

Busy business man 1 by bizior

Post-it notes are very useful

I am currently scrambling to get ready for my tutoring role on the AGCAS Advanced Guidance Skills course next week. So, I probably won’t have time to write a post for the next couple of weeks.

Here are a few things to keep you busy in the meantime.

You could look through the archive of previous posts to see if there’s any you missed.

You could think about what topics you would like to see covered here and get in touch with me (just comment on this post or tweet me).

You could even contemplate writing something yourself for this blog. I welcome contributions from anyone with interesting ideas and theoretical tidbits.

Finally, you could mosey on over to LinkedIn and join the Careers Debate group where a number of interesting topics are being discussed right now. (I still have time to contribute to that because I don’t have to do as much reading before I shoot my mouth off!)

You may also like this discussion on the value or otherwise of career planning in the Career Thought Leaders Consortium group.

See you soon.

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