By Rick Banas of BMA Management, Ltd.
The importance of being in the moment arose during one of the interviews Friday night on Fox-TV following the St. Louis Cardinals victory in the seventh game of the 2011 World Series.
Allen Craig, who was playing left field for St. Louis, was asked about what was going through his mind when Texas Ranger David Murphy hit a fly ball in his direction with two out in the top of ninth inning. All Craig had to do was make a fairly routine catch and the St. Louis Cardinals would cap an incredible run. The team was 10Â˝ games out of the wild card spot near the end of August and three games out with just five games left to play. They had beaten the division-winning Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers in the playoffs to reach the World Series. After committing three errors early in the game the night before, they had rallied to overcome deficits in the late innings to tie the game and then win on a dramatic home run in the bottom of the 11th.
Craig noted that he focused his thinking on one thing, catching the ball. He didnâ€™t let his mind race ahead to the Cardinals winning their 11th World Series title and the ensuing Cardinal Nation celebration.
Craigâ€™s comments especially caught my attention since earlier in the day the importance of â€śbeing in the momentâ€ť and â€śslowing down to the speed of lifeâ€ť were emphasized in a BMA â€śLeading the Wayâ€ť leadership workshop.
The workshop was conducted by guest speaker Mark Sasscer, who is the Founder and CEO of LeadQuest Consulting, Inc., an international leadership, consulting and training firm that specializes in leadership and team development and organizational culture change.
As an aside, Sasscer lives on property on Marylandâ€™s eastern shore where the thoroughbred race horses â€śMan Oâ€™ Warâ€ť and â€śWar Admiralâ€ť grew up.
In the workshop he conducted for folks from BMA and the senior living communities that we manage, Sasscer talked about the relationship between BMAâ€™s Values of love, compassion and dignity and our patterns of behavior. He especially focused on our decision to boldly proclaim love as a value.
The commitment to love residents is so much more powerful than providing them with the basics of care and safety.
To love residents as well as those you with work, it is important for you to â€śbe in the moment,â€ť Sasscer said. You have to be there for them fully, not only physically, but also mentally. You have to slow down to the â€śspeed of life.â€ť
Sasscer also stressed the importance of curiosity and developing an understanding of other peopleâ€™s values, beliefs and traditions. As noted in â€śYou Can Be Happy No Matter Whatâ€ť by Richard Carlson, Ph.D., â€śbecause every human being lives in a separate reality, itâ€™s impossible for two human beings, from the same culture or not, to see things precisely alike.â€ť
Great leaders create an environment where people want to be here and do their best. They create an environment where people willingly volunteer discretionary efforts over and above what is minimally required to do their jobs.
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