What impact do you think that your mind conditioning have on your business decisions?
Everything we do, we do in our mind first then body follows the path as we have made in our mind. When we are planning, communicating, strategising & executing in our business, mind is our main hub responsible for our actions. Our mind performance will determine the quality of our plans, communications, actions, strategies & decisions. Business performance & decisions are entirely dependent on how we have conditioned our experiences in the mind. Now we are going to see usual experiences & problems in the leadership journey.
We as business leaders recognise various forces in the market working for or against us, which reveal valuable information about strategic opportunities or obstacles we may face. If we are not mindful or less attentive to the world around us or got busy with daily demands in the business then we are susceptible to attract unwelcome surprises or may miss window of opportunity. We get caught up in a chaos of thoughts & start loosing control over our present. So we miss to learn that ’Strategic Leadership’ is like our ‘mental radar’ that revolves continuously across the spectrum of our business life, which includes our team, organisation, functional area, our industry, the market, technology we use & so on. If we can not tune with the signal receiving out our radar, we may miss some information that can have significant impact on our business decisions. So what exactly aware business leaders for making rational conditioning of mind to enhance business performance & develop strategic leadership skills?
Following are the action points that can help us in conditioning our mind
Introspection: If we really want to do introspection, we need to be very mindful with ourselves. We usually have tendency to wander either in the past or in the future. We need to keep our mind in the present to portray the entire business surrounding, harsh realities, issues to be considered, keeping focus on goals & strategies. Without gathering this intelligence, it is difficult to introspect & to know where we are heading & what are we going to face.
Detection: Being business leaders, there are very few people who ask us questions directly. So it is better to question ourselves in our mind. It becomes easy to detect obstacles, problems, gaps, loopholes. Questions can be catalyst for our strategic performance because it provokes deep insights. It allows us to see things from different perspective, which may explore new possibilities.
Negation: After questioning ourselves & detecting gaps in our leadership journey, we have drilled down to choose options like collaborative approach or less – inclusive approach or some different combined approach. If we want to opt one way to walk then we need to negate ourselves from following other ways. Negating few things from our mind become slightly difficult which we are practicing in our daily life. But deducting unwanted things can make us more focused.
Substitution: When we make some space in our cupboard by removing some unwanted things, we fill that space with some important things. Similarly once we negate few strategies, tasks or ways from our mind, we need to create right strategies to fulfil that empty space. Thses newly aligned strategies can help us to achieve our business goals.
Above action point is like mental exercise, which we should do regularly in our mind. Specially when we are stuck with any confusions, we should practice such exercise.
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