When we talk about being present in our Vistage meetings, the request is to turn off the outside world and be present with the conversation in the room. Many of our members have similar requests for meetings inside their companies. Some leaders even collect everyone’s mobile devices when they enter the room so that no one is tempted to check messages and check out.
And of course, its easy to check out without a mobile device nearby. We get lost in our thoughts. And, meetings are only one place this can happen; it also happens at home. When our partners, our children, our friends are speaking, are we listening? Or are we waiting to respond, or simply lost in our thoughts?
Perhaps 2017 is the year to begin… finding time each day, or even each week, to shut out the noise, to be in silence or even meditate, all as practice for being present.