A follow-on to the discussion in the June, 2016 LEAD-ZINE – Back in the day, when I was a psychology intern in the mid-70’s, Carl Rogers was a mentor-professor. He always spoke of a concept that he called “centeredness” – which has been picked up by the super-chic these days who refer to it as “mindfulness.” – sounds so much more “hip,” doesn’t it. The 70’s was a time when psychologists were starting to treat greater numbers of those falling prey to stress-related illnesses. And, by the way, cancer was considered one of the “stress illnesses” during that time period – that aspect of the disease is never mentioned today, but might bear more thought. The conversation in LEAD-ZINE was prompted by recent data showing the higher incidence of stress among German workers. This was found hard to explain, since German workers work less than any other work force in developed countries. My current working theory is that since all modern workers are asked to “prove themselves,” the stress of doing so in reduced amounts to time is simply too much to handle. Which wraps us back around to the subject of how to balance work obligations with personal contendedness. Rogers’ solution was that one has to learn how to become “centered” – which requires getting to know oneself very well and being at ease with all that one sees in one’s personal and private self. Then, and only then, one can face adversity with the resilience that is needed to take things head-on in an offensive, rather than a defensive, way. Bill Campbell, recently deceased, was once head football coach at Columbia University and later personal consultant to Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Steve Jobs and others. Campbell was famous for his ability to solve human problems and motivate others. Rich Karlgaard, writing in the May 31st issue of Forbes contends that “the question of how to achieve continual improvement in one’s career and with one’s team should be front and center for every serious adult.” He quotes Pontish Yeramyan, of Gap international, as believing that every action comes from thought and thought comes from language. She say, “High performers have created a successful inner language about themselves that middle and poor performers haven’t.” Again – Carl Rogers’ idea that great people achieve great centeredness. Centeredness precedes access to the right information, which promotes the right thought, and fosters continuing centeredness necessary for producing creativity, purpose, and promise.

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