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The Balance Between Being and Doing

I am reminded in my work and life. . . there is a deep way and need to respect the timing of events. Too often, we force action when we need to value flow. We move into reaction, when what we really need to is to create space for learning. We act, when it is time to merely observe.

I often sit with executive teams and watch them as they wrestle with a difficult issue. In the corporate world, there is generally little space for “wait and see”. There is also often little forgiveness for errors or mistakes in decision making. This fear continues to bind us to choices that have not matured; situations that require ripening. We rush the process and forget the wisdom that surfaces from pausing.

The gift of strong leadership is that they have learned and know when to observe and when to move; how to pause and when to act. Ultimately, they have learned how to be in flow. They have learned how to balance BEING and DOING.

To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
a time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to (destroy) and a time to heal …
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance …
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to lose and a time to seek;
a time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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Laurie Cure

Dr. Laurie Cure holds a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology and a master’s degree in business administration. She is the president and CEO of a growing consulting company; Innovative Connections, Inc. Laurie has over twenty years’ experience in helping small businesses and larger organizations on their journeys toward excellence. She also teaches at the university level and delivers seminars and lectures on organizational psychology and personal development. She lives in Colorado with her husband of nineteen years and their eighteen-year-old son and sixteen-year-old daughter.

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