Are We All Too Busy?

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Too Busy For What?

If we were to stop and write down a detailed list of all the things we’ve promised ourselves we’d accomplish we might find our minds rapidly spinning into a state of  frustration, and quite possibly become overwhelmed.

In less than 100 years the world has moved from a time of simple expectations to one of 24/7 frenzied expectations and information overload. Even while we sleep our phones and tablets cast an eerie light as they alert our sleeping self to another innocuous notification.


Innocuous: “not interesting, stimulating, or significant; pallid; insipid:” according to


We are urged and cajoled by phones, desktops, tablets and game consoles to stop immediately and pay attention to their bleating cries, and as if they possessed the power of a mythological Greek siren we surrender and obey.  

Many of us look up from what we’re doing to utter the same two words over and over when asked a question, “Too Busy”. We may find ourselves waking in the middle of the night and uttering “Too Busy”, as I myself did a short while back.

Our minds bounce from one thing to the next with nary a hint of conscious choice or recognition taking place. I need to ask, is there really a mindfulness revolution taking place in places of business or are we so busy during mindfulness class that we learn little

For me the real power of engaging with a mindfulness practice is developing awareness of what we are thinking, of learning to recognize what we are going to say before we say it. If we’re throwing out Too Busy when asked a question instead of the word no or I’m not interested then we need to pay closer attention to what’s going on and mindfulness can give us the needed focus to accomplish this deeper level of awareness.

developing-mindful-leaders-for-the-c-suite  Bill George writes a short yet powerful post about mindfulness in business. Take a couple of minutes and check it out.

It’s not a surprise that asking a person to take on another task such as learning the intricacies of  Generative Dialogue may cause them to pivot in another direction. For all its multitude of benefits both in our work and personal areas mastering Dialogue requires time and dedication for it to truly make a difference in a team’s innovation and creative skills.

Like most things of deep and lasting value learning the Dialogue Process and working with the tools you’ll master will open doors and expose opportunities that previously may have lived only in your imagination.


“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” Henry David Thoreau


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“Busy with the ugliness of the expensive success

We forget the easiness of free beauty

Lying sad right around the corner,

Only an instant removed,

Unnoticed and squandered.”

Dejan Stojanovic

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