“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change; until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.” – R.D Laing.

Q: What am I not noticing – in my life?

Q: What am I not noticing – in my leadership?

What Am I Not Noticing?

Tom’s Reflections on These Questions

You may wonder how you can notice what you aren’t noticing. And yet, much of the time some part of us is waiting to share some key insights if only we take the time to give them space to speak up.

Creating space for reflection is thus an essential part of any leadership practice. This doesn’t have to take endless hours. Just taking a notebook and a 15-minute coffee break to sit in outward silence can be really beneficial.

For starters, it allows you to note down all those reminders and random thoughts that are floating around your brain and preventing that inner silence. This reduces the noise and allows us to hear the fainter voices in our psyche. If necessary, prompt yourself with a number of questions:

  • How am I doing?
  • How am I feeling about life?
  • What conversations am I avoiding?
  • What may need more attention?
  • Who may need more attention?
  • What is my number one challenge today?

These questions are merely intended to inspire. Come up with your own questions – questions that truly speak to where you are now and the challenges you are facing.

Programme Overview

The Curious Leaders programme is designed to foster a deep sense of curiosity about who you are as a person and as a leader. It challenges you to reflect on what you can do each day to become a more effective leader. The premise is that before we can truly lead others, we first need to lead ourselves.

It thus ultimately starts with self-leadership. This is about building a practice of reflection and action whereby we become increasingly curious about how our thinking is impacting our actions. This is the first step in building a world in which curiosity shapes leadership.

In this world, leaders aren’t boxed in by traditional thinking or established playbooks. They are open to fresh ideas and diverse perspectives, fostering a culture of exploration and learning. In truth, nurturing curiosity in leadership is essential if we are to address the key challenges of the 21st century.

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