Anticipating Change by Finding True North


Anticipating Change by Finding True North

There are executive leaders who try to follow the compass and there are executive leaders who set a steady course and modify that course when necessary. When a novice pilot (navigator) of even the smallest sea-going vessel starts to “follow the compass,” they will invariably go in circles. An experienced pilot will first of all determine true north, and then when a course is set, to stay on that course. Staying on course takes discipline and if changes in that course is necessary, there must be corrections to resume the course. In other words, there is anticipation that the course must be corrected.

At VIM Executive Coaching our objective as a business coach is to teach entrepreneurs and executives to anticipate changes in their work environment and to respond to those changes. Notice we don’t say react, but respond. Reacting is like following the heading on a compass ‘round and ‘round. Responding to change is to be centered within yourself, to have a sense of true north in your life and to set a logical course in order to achieve an outcome in your organization.

Just as a navigator or pilot knows how to navigate by first determining true north, so that course corrections can be made, so too should an entrepreneur or executive in dealing with situations and management. Whether the executive is working with subordinates or superiors, he or she must be consistent in response in order to be highly effective. How do we do this? By developing an inner compass.

The Inner Compass

Do we have an inner compass that can be “trained” to help us find or cultivate a sense of our true north? Yes, we do, but we must work to cultivate that sense. In terms of executive or entrepreneurial leadership, very few of us – a handful really – are natural-born leaders. Without a true sense of our inner compass, most of us who find ourselves in leadership situations tend to make spur of the moment decisions based on reaction. This can often lead to inconsistency, being different things, a different leader, to different people or making rash decisions we later regret.

We are reactive when we are not grounded within ourselves and our work environment. Reactive leaders often fail to understand the damage their reactions have on their careers. How do we better ground ourselves to find our inner compass? How do we become more responsive?

Mindfulness meditation among other techniques is highly effective in developing a more responsive, more grounded sense of self.

One of the perceptions that people who have never tried to meditate have of the practice is that it takes too long, or that every responsive situation, such as dealing with two employees who are at cross purposes, it a long and laborious process.

In truth, responsive, fully attuned executive leaders who routinely practice mindfulness meditation are able to quickly anticipate change. More than that, they are consistent in their decision making because the inner compass that has attuned itself to their true north will invariably make the same type of decision in similar situations.

The workplace is hard enough. At best, it is a choppy sea. Having the ability to respond consistently will keep you on course. Anticipating change will lead to success. VIM Executive Coaching will help you to better navigate those


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