One to Ones

We live in an ever faster paced world, the wonder of technology means we are more reachable, making it easier to connect with others. Technology breaks down boundaries and opens up new possibilities.

The down side of this is that for many of us it is becoming more difficult to switch from the ‘doing mode’ as Marshall McLuhan said “When things come at you very fast, naturally you lose touch with yourself.”

If we look at this striking photograph taken in Inishowen by Adam Porter, we can see the Northern Lights, yet to the naked eye the lights were not visible, it was only through the camera lens that they could be seen.

Photograph by Adam Rory Porter – inishowenart.ie

In the same way, we often can’t see the best solutions from a place of busyness. Neuroscience research is showing us that if we can find a way to use a different lens and look at the situation from a place of ease we think a lot better, we see more possibilities and our next move becomes clearer. So paradoxically the research is saying the more we can find ease the better we can handle high paced activity, as Charles Morgan puts it the aim is to be still ‘as the axis of a revolving wheel is still.’

Companies are starting to question the status quo of constant busyness as the model for success. Even the biggies, including Intel, they trailed scheduled ‘downtime’ with over 300 managers, the majority of which suggesting the policy should be extended to all staff.

In line with research into how we think at our best the one to ones establish the conditions for us to do our best thinking.

“No problem can be solved from the samelevel of consciousness that created it.”  Albert Einstein