Paying attention to the here and now means not working on autopilot and becoming more aware of what is going on around you right now. Research has shown that less than 50% of individuals are concentrating on what is happening right in front of them. How many times have you sat in a meeting and your mind has wandered to what is happening this evening, what time you need to pick the children up or how you are going to run that performance appraisal? Killingsworth & Gilbert (2010) point out that “a wandering mind is an unhappy mind”. For teams this means focussing on the emotional climate that actually permeates all decisions and actions, and understanding where mistrust is eroding the ability to work effectively.
Organisations also need to pay attention to the here and now by carrying out an internal and external assessment of the company’s morale and culture as well as understanding the competitive and stakeholder landscape. Many organisations will formulate a strategy but then not focus on, or give space to enable the implementation of that strategy.