August is a funny time of year in my experience. On the whole business activity tends to be quieter than other months as so much of the northern hemisphere heads off on holiday. The TV channels have absolutely nothing to offer and the garden is sort of taking care of itself apart from a bit of watering and deadheading (that’s a non-gardener speaking so watering and deadheading is my limit).

That change in pace often throws up the opportunity for more space to appear or perhaps I should say sneak up on us. And space offers us the opportunity to reflect, to stand back and consider ‘life’ more deeply. Life could literally be an aspect of our personal lives, it could be a tricky work-based issue or opportunity, or perhaps a challenge on more of a global, humanity level. Being prepared to ‘go there’ and open up that space can feel very scary and added to that, we may not feel equipped to do it.

What is that fear of ‘space’ and time to reflect? It often seems to be associated with change.

If we allow the truth that lurks in the space of reflection to see the light of day, then maybe we will have to take a different course, open up a new path, make a difficult decision, one we’ve been successfully avoiding and dodging.

Acknowledging that, in fact, there is something more important that wants to make contact with our conscious mind and affect our actions in a different way, is an act of courage.

Our world is in such need of that courage, of leaders who are prepared to think more deeply, to open themselves to the space where new, important insights can show up. It can feel easier to let the days, weeks and months pass by in the comfort of our routines no matter how tough they may feel – we get used to them and they become a comfort blanket. As leaders, we need to be better than that. We have to see the fullness of the contribution we can make and to do that means we have to be prepared to step back, to create, or (if it’s August) utilise, the space to see more clearly and act more powerfully.

And if it’s a case of ‘how’ to do that…we could do worse than follow this simple ABC:

  • Acknowledge that space is needed and has a value and find somewhere peaceful to access it
  • Breathe rhythmically and mindfully for 5 minutes each and every day, ideally in a quiet space
  • Capture the insights that will start to appear – not necessarily immediately in the silence but they will pop in at some point, somewhere, if we pay attention

Every day we are faced with more and more craziness which will only be solved if we all get off the merry-go-round and apply our talents to really changing the world – one reflection at a time.


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Lorraine Flower
As a Corporate change agent, consultant, coach and mentor Lorraine founded azzur and is completely transparent about the spiritual principles on which it operates. Alongside her 18 years as azzur’s founder, Lorraine brings 20 years' service industry experience to bear through her senior leadership roles at British Airways (BA) and Great North Eastern Railway (GNER). It is Lorraine's belief in individual and organisational power for good that gives azzur its raison d'etre. azzur and Lorraine specifically has worked with clients across the business spectrum from financial services, to retail and transport to healthcare an in both the public and private sectors. azzur is focused on developing contemporary, spirited leadership capability, and organisations built on inspiring purpose, empowering cultures and a powerful vision and values. She is championing new models of leadership and organisational development founded on the principles of conscious leadership and writes extensively on these topics.She is a member of a number of global spiritual groups and communities serving the greater good of Humanity and the planet. She works and studies extensively in developing and exploring conscious leadership believing that business leaders are key players in transforming the well-being of the planet and humanity as a whole.
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Aldo Delli Paoli

Happiness comes when your work and your words benefit you and others. “(Buddha)
Using one’s own strengths and talents to contribute, for something superior and greater than us and to contribute in some way to the world is also one of the ways to increase one’s happiness rate.
The side effects are that we can totally find ourselves in the flow of what we do, work or relationships, and we can begin to notice greater excellence in our performance.
The key question here is: how can I contribute with what I know? How can I make a difference in this world to help improve it?

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Thanks Aldo – I completely resonate with your observations about flow – when we create pace for reflection and contact our higher knowing it fuels the quality and impact of our daily living in so many ways…not least we contribute to the greater good. Lorraine