The other day I was having dinner with a friend and couldn’t help but notice the family sitting next to us. The parents and children were all focused on their own mobile devices, no eye contact made nor words exchanged for several minutes. This sight unfortunately is not uncommon in today’s world. Distractions are everywhere. Over the years we have become accustomed to behavior such as texting during meetings, answering emails during a presentation and interrupting a conversation to take a phone call. We have become less accustomed to experiencing an interaction with a listener who is fully engaged. Take a moment to think about the last time you had someone’s full attention. How did it make you feel?
It is human to emulate behaviors of those who surround us but as an Emerging Leader it is our role to exhibit behaviors we expect. We need to challenge ourselves going forward to be present. Changing this simple behavior can set you apart from others and leave a lasting impression. The video below is from the perspective of Olympic Alpine Skier, Kaylin Richardson who reinforces this message of being present.
Post by Elisa Hudson.
Elisa is an HR professional who is passionate about helping others gain perspective through a different lens. Her years of coaching managers through complex situations has allowed her to hone her skills on getting to the root cause and offering sound solutions. Elisa is currently working on getting to the root cause of why her ten year old son, Bing continues to have a messy room and coach him to be the boy she knows he is capable of being.