September; Honing an essential skill

There is a skill not taught in regular business courses that is crucial to success. There is a skill your company highly values you for but won’t always know how to recognise it. This skill is going to be more and more important as we gravitate to higher value adding roles in the era of AI.

If that did not tempt you how about this, the skill will add value to your personal life and make you more mindful. OK no more stalling the skill is NOTICING. Wait don’t go, hear me out. Attention is a precious resource, one we waste in stupid ways. And attention is a muscle, one we can easily develop. Noticing things, taking the time to notice a person, a situation a view or even a moment will add a huge amount of quality to your life.

What you are looking for is not always what you are looking at

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At the heart of noticing it is observation and perception. You can develop this skill and that is what I will be doing over the next month. September will be my month of noticing. What a month to pick as the summer turns to autumn there will be lots to notice. I will devise several self prescribed assignments and tasks to help me hone my noticing skills and remember all the time some important tenets of noticing:

  • Look on purpose
  • Be present
  • Don’t be quick to judge
  • Focus

I am going to get more serious about noticing and share with you in September the things I have noticed, whatever that will be?.

Published by NCS

reader of great literature, teller of tales, photographer of mostly awful snaps but on occasion I am half decent.

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