Global Leadership Summit | Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt, CEO of Whitespace at Work, is an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, a tough yet loving guide to thousands of WhiteSpace friends, and a warrior in the battle against reactive busyness.

We are getting less and less comfortable with the PAUSE in our lives. It has become a memory for many of us. The PAUSE is slowing down enough to experience new ideas, fresh thoughts and break-through moments.

  • 100% exertion and 0% thoughtfulness.

The challenge is...

1. We are too busy to become less busy.

2. We don't examine the cost.

Whitespace is a strategic pause taken between activities. Great leaders use whitespace. Jack Welch called it: "Looking out of the window time."

Whitespace is  NOT 

  • Meditation
  • Mind-wandering
  • Mindfulness 

Rather is is a space with no rules, freedom to think the "unthunk" thought. 

How do we address the challenge?

Become conscience of the thieves

  • drive - over-drive
  • excellence - perfection
  • information  - information overload
  • activity - chaotic busyness

Which of these thieves takes me away from effectiveness? Away from needed Whitespace?

We defeat them with these question:

  • is there anyting i can let go of? (Drive)
  • where is good enough good enough? (Excellence)
  • what do I truly need to know (information)
  • what deserves my attention? (activity)

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