Here’s an idea to help you think more clearly. Reading time 2:31.
There’s no place like “om” when a leader needs to think through contradictory issues.
Om is the centuries-old meditation mantra where the incantation of the voice hums the body’s muscles into a state of relaxation. Ommmmmmm!
Om slows down the heart beat. Ommmmmmm!
Om channels the mind to focus on the important no matter how demanding the urgent. Ommmmmmm!
Om turns solitude into a catalyst for breakthrough ideas. Ommmmmmm!
Thomas Edison felt at “om” in his solitude. The inventor of the light bulb and owner of nearly 1200 patents fomented his creative zeal in silence: “To do much clear thinking a man must arrange for regular periods of solitude when he can concentrate and indulge his imagination without distraction.” Ommmmmmm!
Billionaire J. Paul Getty would sit alone in his library for an hour or two each day. Thinking. Not reading. Not writing. Just thinking. Ommmmmmm! Then he would make a phone call or two that would generate additional millions of dollars into his oil empire. Continue reading “There’s No Place Like “Ommmm””→
Here’s an idea to remind you to relax in order to be more productive.
If there is an art to serving as President of the United States, I’ll vote for President Dwight Eisenhower.
Eisenhower, an artist in residence, relaxed between meetings in the White House with his oil painting hobby that eventually created more than 260 paintings.
Eisenhower said the art hobby he started at age 58 helped him think more clearly. “You put the surface of your mind on the canvas while you work through problems in the deeper recesses of your mind,” said Eisenhower, the former five-star General who commanded the Allies in winning World War II.
Eisenhower picked up the hobby from another famous political leader in World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain.
Recreational pursuit in general and the “art” of leadership in particular is lost on too many of us smart-phone wielding 24/7 leaders. Today’s leaders are more apt to define the art of leadership as the ability to Tweet or Text while driving at 70 miles hour between meetings.