Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Mindful or Mindless?

As a leader, are you mindful or mindless?

A mindful approach to any activity has three characteristics: the continuous creation of new categories; openness to new information; and an implicit awareness of more than one perspective.  Mindlessness, in contrast, is characterized by an entrapment in old categories; by automatic behaviour that precludes attending to new signals; and by action that operates from a single perspective.  Being mindless, colloquially speaking, is like being on automatic pilot.

From: The Power of Mindful Learning by Ellen J. Langer
Published by: Da Capo Press

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