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Celerity

I'm listening to an autobiography of Octavian, the man who went on to become Augustus Caesar.

What's interesting from the book is that Augustus had more patience than his various rivals of the day in large scale affairs and reforms, but he moved with serious haste - celerity - when there was a situation that could be settled decisively.

Around six years ago, I started paying more attention to business and entrepreneurship and generally success and things like that. I remember coming across a lot of literature that encouraged doing things faster - especially in business. Shaving off the shipping time from 7 days to 4 days. Things like that.

Back then, I didn't understood why there was so much emphasis on speed. I thought, "Okay, obviously you wouldn't want to go too slow, but why go so fast? Why does it matter that much?"

And more recently, the answer has been clicking. It's not that getting your package 4 days from now instead of 7 makes such a big difference in all cases. Much of the time, it doesn't.

Meditation

On MGT500

Om.

An all encompassing sound. Sometimes Managing a a team or project can feel like an all encompassing task. So it would only be natural that managers take a bit of time to breathe, relax and let some Om into their lives, right? Except that rarely occurs. Management tends to be associated with being busy and moving at a swift pace. Managers should be meditating, and even having their teams meditate for a better state of mind and a higher level of productivity.

While the results are hard to quantify and the practice difficult for many moguls from Oprah Winfrey to the Tupperware CEO have been integrating meditation into their personal and professional lives and in some instances their own companies. These managers attribute meditation to a change in perspective and as a strategy for success.

Jason Voss a hedgefund money manager has attributed meditation to freeing him from bias and helping him see reality as it really is. (Saft, 2013) Any manager faced with making tough decisions would likely find that type of clarity beneficial. Robert Stiller of Green Mountain Coffee says that Meditation taught his employees focus which aids in tackling tasks and having more productive meetings. Other reported benefits are stress reduction, creativity boosting, (Lockhart, Hicken, 2012).

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