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October 7, 2011

It has been my experience that the most significant changes have happened to me not because of what I paid attention to, but because of what has paid attention to me. For over a decade, I had the attention of four mentors. Their attention was like a sunbeam that helped to better expose what was happening for me in the moment. Prior to receiving this attention, I would often experience resistance to being present to what was happening. This exposure to the mentors’ attention allowed my resistances to come and go, and, in doing this, I was able to better navigate challenging situations. As a result, it is my belief that attention is our single most powerful tool to create change.

What I learned from these mentors was instrumental in laying the foundation of my knowledge about attention. In my position as adjunct faculty at Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) teaching Leadership and Personal Development (LPD) in an MBA for Sustainable Business program, as well as in my attention coaching practice, I experience a relationship between attentional abilities and leadership development.

In my blog I will be exploring work from different disciplines (e.g., leadership, psychology, Buddhism) related to my curiosity: In the quest for sustainable business, how might the cultivation of attention contribute to the process of leadership development?

Join me in my journey!

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