The Power of Pause

by Kevin Pokorny, Pokorny Consulting

Kevin Pokorny

Kevin Pokorny

Janice Marturano, founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, shares this story in her book Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership. Janice has offered mindful leadership training to leaders from around the world. Her observations over time from leaders is they execute well and meet their goals, but they simply do not feel they are living their best lives. They tell her something is missing. When she asks them what is missing, the most frequent answer is SPACE.

“Space, the breathing room, necessary to be clear and focused, and to listen deeply to ourselves and to others.” Creating space requires practice with intention. That is where pause comes in.

Mindful practices creates a pause in our day to ground ourselves in the moment, to respond to work and life situations instead of reacting. What is a mindful practice that creates a pause for us?

  • Finding quiet time in our day, to just be and breathe. When we are able to do so, we can be present to whatever is at our feet without the feeling of being on autopilot.

When we pause, it creates space for awareness and self-reflection in choosing a response. For example, recognizing to focus on one thing at a time, or look for opportunity in change, or make peace with not knowing.

During my April 16th workshop, at the IBA Human Resources Conference, we will create space, the breathing room, with some quiet time. Then, I will introduce you to a number of mindfulness practices for leaders that allow a different, more powerful response, in our work and daily living. You will walk away to begin your journey of creating pause and practicing mindfulness in your work as an HR professional.

Kevin Pokorny is the owner of Pokorny Consulting who partners with small and mid-size businesses to connect, collaborate and create solutions to their issues. He offers advisory consulting to individuals and small groups to make conscious decisions, and empowers them to become more purposeful leaders through learning mindful practices. He will be presenting at the IBA Human Resources Conference on April 15-16, 2015.


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