The essence of “zengagement” is paying attention.
This post is in honor of Zen master, Shunryu Suzuki, who’s book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind actually got me to hit a blank page in a book when all I could see on the page was a fly.
Don’t break your monitor!
Focused attention is a robust way to ignite engagement.
A question I often hear is: How do I get fully engaged in my work? There are a myriad of pathways and methods but nothing simpler and stronger than paying attention moment-to-moment with the work you are performing.
Instead of asking how do we engage others start by paying close attention to them. I think most of the answers will come out of really noticing others and when they know you really notice them, they may also work towards higher levels of engagement.
In a future post I will write about paying attention more rigorously by pairing the Hawthorne effect with employee engagement.