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Description: Embracing the moments of space, silence and solitude that can instigate a greater understanding of self.


Thinking Partner Notes

What’s the fiction: Real leaders are the first ones in the office, the last ones to leave, and they’re constantly reachable by email, phone or IM.

What's really true: Truly effective leaders make regular time to be alone with their thoughts.




Things to try: Late in the day when your mind starts to wander, instead of checking your email, browsing online shopping sites or surfing social media sites 1) Practice leaving your desk/office for a walk outside; 2) Practice giving a family member or friend a quick call to say hello; 3) Writing a thank-you letter to a friend, family member, teacher, teammate or colleague who did ‘something’ for you for which you’re grateful. 

Next steps: 1) Schedule a block of weekly time (~90 minutes) when you can regularly remove yourself from the office; 2) Reference your goals for the year; 3) Identify the process goals that can be best achieved through solitary activities; 4) Identify the tools or resources that you need to accomplish your solitary process goals (Like books for reading goals or journal and pen for writing goals); 5) Spend your weekly solitary time away from the office, avoiding interruption with the necessary tools.

Additional Resources



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