With lives that are overbooked and constantly distracted, this headline sounds good, right? Only 2 things? Sounds simple.

And it is simple. Simple but not so easy.

Your ability to lead and live with excellence is directly related to:

  • Your ability to connect with yourself, others and the community; and
  • Your ability to skillfully initiate and meet change.

The ‘not so easy’ part is taking the time to stop long enough to allow yourself to see how you are meeting the moments of your life now, and opening yourself to what you might learn from your discoveries. This learning can help you become more connected and more skillful in meeting the many changes that all of us face in life. Training ourselves to stop, look, listen and respond is what Manager Connection has had the honor of teaching to professionals from around the world for more than a decade.

For most of us, our days are packed with meetings and appointments, deadlines and family pressures. It is easy for us to slip into autopilot mode, and go through each day without noticing what is happening. And when you don’t notice what is happening around you, how can you expect to feel connected? How can you be ‘skillful’ in meeting changes, or, for that matter, how can you identify the changes that should be initiated?

Perhaps you aren’t sure if you are on autopilot. Try a little experiment right now-look at today’s date, are you surprised? Does it somehow feel that it can’t possibly be late fall? What happened to early fall? Does it feel as though it should still be early summer.

When you are on autopilot, you miss your life. You are not connected to your body, your family, your business colleagues or your community. This disconnect can reduce your opportunity to make the kind of conscious, creative and clear choices you need to live a life that is fulfilling and nourishing. And, when you are not paying attention, it can impact your innate ability to lead in a way that makes a difference in your workplace, in your family and in the world.