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Management By Calm

July 19, 2010

Guest post by Dr. Stephen Payne.

We all know that we work far better when our inner balance—that deeper, more spiritual part of us—is in a “good place.” Things just go a lot better, especially our connections to other people.

But knowing it and living it are totally different. Especially in today’s fast-paced workplace where we can easily get knocked off our Platform of Calm. So anything we can do to stay on the Platform (or climb back on it!) is really valuable.

What kind of moments keep you comfortably on your Platform of Calm?

Here’s a tip: 

As you go about your work week, spot one moment that brings you real unadulterated joy.

Often this is doing something simple like talking with a colleague, writing out your thoughts and plans, or meeting with a customer. Record the experience of that moment in your mind. Focus on it. Expand it. Express your gratitude for it to someone.

These moments are gateways to a far greater future for you and many others.

Dr. Stephen Payne is a former-CEO-turned executive leadership coach, as well as a speaker, MBA teacher, author and founder of A New Equilibrium – a community of men and women dedicated to expanding their spiritual journey through their leadership work. Combining his faith, his experience as a CEO, and his 15 years of leadership consulting, he challenges leaders to stay more accountable to God throughout their entire career.

Photo by nAncY.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2010 7:37 pm

    I like Management by Calm (it beats MBO, MBWO and all the rest hands-down). You’re right it isn’t easy in highly stressful environments. But there’s no question that my mood, perspective, attitude, etc have a huge impact on my staff. So I take it quite seriously. Prayer is key for me – sometimes a “bathroom visit” can be the most important part of my day 🙂 Sometimes it is thinking complex matters through (I use mind-mapping quite a bit) or talking through with others. Either way, it is mostly about perspective – this is God’s work, and in the context of God’s Kingdom my little worries don’t really come to very much.

  2. July 19, 2010 8:40 pm

    Dr. Payne has a very positive approach.

    ( how is he at poetry ?)

  3. July 19, 2010 10:59 pm

    I love how Dr. Payne says to “record” the experience “in your mind”. Sometimes, in a busy day, the only tool I have to slow down with is my mind. Visualization is a powerful tool for me. I will try this this week.

    How about the poetry?

  4. July 20, 2010 5:59 am

    I’m reminded of Paul’s admonition in Philippians 4.8 to think on such things. Thanks.

  5. July 25, 2010 6:47 pm

    I work for a relatively fast-growing software company. Sometimes, it’s difficult to keep up, but I think the culture that we’ve developed lives by this. We make it a point to take walks together at lunch (not my whole team, but several of us) and we do everything we can to enjoy the day… and it all comes out on one whiteboard reserved for whatever pleasurable nuggets we come across in the day. It’s got notes, stories, “art” (ha) and so on, but you’ll see every one of us stop and admire something on it, at least once a day.

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