“Moments of Waking Up”

Kathryn Goldman-Schuyler, Susan Skjei, Jyotsna Sanzgiri, Virpi Koskela
  • Journal of Management Inquiry, September 2016, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1056492616665171

Becoming present at work--and throughout the day

What is it about?

The context for this article and the research project that it describes is the potential importance of being awake and present for leaders. This 2-year collaborative action research project was designed to explore whether simply intending to be present could make a difference in participants’ quality of experience at work and also to find out whether this would impact people with whom they worked. The study included a phenomenological analysis of contemporaneous notes taken several times a week for 4 weeks by two groups of 12-15 people from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. The study also explored the possibility that this approach to mindfulness might be useful for leadership development and education on a broad scale. The results suggest that sustaining ongoing awareness practices supports leaders in attaining the steadiness and flexibility needed for addressing the adaptive problems of our world.

Why is it important?

The results suggest that sustaining ongoing awareness practices supports leaders in attaining the steadiness and flexibility needed for addressing the adaptive problems of our world.

Perspectives

Dr kathryn goldman schuyler
Alliant International University

I have found it very touching that established scholars have come to me about earlier versions of this article and made comments like "I love this paper!" It seems like as an author team, we have found a "sweet spot" between rational analysis and touching people's hearts. I'm happy to have been able to create such a piece!

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