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http://attentiontochange.com Wed, 13 May 2015 21:28:40 +0000 http://backend.userland.com/rss092 en Sustainable Business & Attention: Vertical Leadership Development Leaders in the sustainable business movement are not automatically inclined to come up with the most innovative sustainable solutions in the way that Ray Anderson of Interface did (see my last post for context on this). There are solutions categorized as the “low-hanging fruit” (like recycling office paper and offering ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/12/sustainable-business-attention-vertical-leadership-development/ Sustainable Business Business is a hugely influential force, and much of business operates single-mindedly based on monetary profit at the expense of social and environmental concerns (Bakan, 2005; Hartmann, 2010; Korten, 2001). Because of this, many people see business as the devil incarnate. But the growing sustainable business movement is showing that ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/11/sustainable-business/ Attention and Buddhism Take 2 Last week I posted on the topic of Buddhism and attention. This post is a continuation of that theme. According to Wallace (2006), the ten stages of attentional development are: directed attention, continuous attention, resurgent attention, close attention, tamed attention, pacified attention, fully pacified attention, single-pointed attention, attentional balance, and shamatha. Directed ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/11/335/ Buddhism and Attention Take 1 While Western psychology has focused on attention since the late 19th century, the Buddhists have been students of attention for the past 2,500 years (B. A Wallace, 1999). Western psychology looked at attention from the behavioral perspective (in the period of 1920-1949), from the information processing perspective (in the period ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/11/buddhism-and-attention-take-1/ Attention - A Brief History in Psychology While psychology is considered a dominant discourse on the topic of attention, “interest in attention began in the field of philosophy” (Johnson & Proctor, 2004, p. 4). Philosophers mostly focused on the role of attention in consciousness awareness and thought and conducted little experimental research on the topic, but “their ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/11/attention-a-brief-history-in-psychology/ Mindfulness and Mindful Leaders When I talk about my exploration on attention, leadership and sustainable business, many people think that when I say “cultivation of attention” they wonder if I’m referring to mindfulness. I wonder to. Here are some definitions of mindfulness. Mindfulness is usually associated with Buddhism. From the Theravadin Buddhist monk Nagasena, “mindfulness ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/11/mindfulness-and-mindful-leaders/ Global Presencing Forum Last week I asked you to consider an evolved form of attention metaphorically as a sunbeam on water. It is flexible – it can bend and even break up but still retain its light. It is fluid – the light appears to move in a fluid, flowing manner when water ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/10/global-presencing-forum/ Attention, Leadership and Sustainable Business I find that a way to explain something complex is to use a metaphor. In this video, I use a photo by Woody Woodworth of a sunbeam-lit wave in Mexico to describe the relationship between attention, leadership and sustainable business practices. View it now. The reason for using a sunbeam on ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/10/attention-leadership-and-sustainable-business/ Food, Attention and Leadership As I wrote in my last post, 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? I’m going to side step this a bit today ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/10/food-attention-and-leadership/ Welcome 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 ... http://attentiontochange.com/2011/10/welcome/