10:45-11:45am Juliet Funt: WhiteSpace at Work
12:30-1:00pm Susan Jordahl-Bubacz: Union Gospel
The Strategic Pause – from the 2017 Global Leadership Summit Telecast
In the flow of our days, all of us are getting less and less comfortable with the pause. Our schedules are overflowing and our minds are buzzing and connection is constant. This loss of time with no assignment has hefty costs to our lives, our minds and our businesses. The pause is a formidable source of professional power. We need to slow down enough so great ideas can grace us with their presence. When talented people don’t have time to think, business suffers.
The solution? WhiteSpace — A strategic pause between activities, Recuperative to your body and brain, Drives business results
- The Concept of WhiteSpace
• WhiteSpace is not meditation.
• WhiteSpace is not mind-wandering.
• WhiteSpace is not mindfulness.
Instead, WhiteSpace has no rules and no goals. It is boundary-less freedom where the mind can play, improvise and think new thoughts.
You gain WhiteSpace by following a two-step process:
• Become conscious of the “thieves of productivity.”
• Defeat them with specific questions.
- The Thieves of Productivity
Juliet’s team studied 33 unique sources of pressure and found that certain themes emerged. There are four main drivers that fuel overload. They are all positive assets that have run amuck.
- Becoming Aware and Defeating the Thieves
STEP 1: Become aware of the thieves and label them when they appear in your life.
STEP 2: Defeat them with questions
- A Reductive Mindset
The thieves are the cornerstone of what we call a reductive mindset.
- A Tactic for Email
- WhiteSpace at Home
The business part of WhiteSpace is important, but it is more important to build some WhiteSpace into your personal life so you can say “yes” to the things that truly matter.
Juliet Funt, CEO, WhiteSpace at Work
Juliet Funt is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and employees flip the norms of business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. With thought-provoking content and immediately actionable tools, she has become a nationally recognized expert in coping with the Age of Overload in which we all live and work. Juliet helps attendees learn the pivotal difference between activity and productivity. She teaches them a streamlined method for personal process improvement – leading to more creativity and engagement. She helps executives, managers and teams answer the critical question “What thoughts deserve my full attention today?”
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