5 Ways to Harness the Value of Getting Present at Work

During a corporate retreat, a great discussion ensued when the participants identified the value of Getting Present at work. They had just been introduced to the first of my proprietary 7-Step PROCESS and it was obvious that they had much expertise in the area. Interestingly, their understanding of the value of Getting Present came from their lack of experience. Let me explain.

Me to Participant: Pretend I am your supervisor and you come into my office to discuss an issue. How would it feel if I greeted you by name, smiled, and asked how I can help you, at the same time that I close my laptop and turn off my phone?

Participant: I don’t know how it would feel. I’d be passed out with shock and lying on the floor because it has never happened before! But, once I came to, I’d feel like she thought what I had to say was important. I’d feel like she finally listened to me.

It was one of the most impactful exchanges that happened during the course of the workshop. Participants continued to make reference to it throughout the day and I’ve continue to share it because it is more common than we’d like to admit and if we want to create a culture of empowerment in the workplace, we must harness the value of Getting Present.

Do you ever struggle to give your undivided attention to your staff or your clients? When you are working on a project, do you usually feel focused and productive? Have you ever considered the implications of multi-tasking on the quality of your work, your relationships, and your bank account? Imagine what would happen if you harnessed the value of Getting Present.

When you Get Present, you will change your experience at work forever and the positive impact will be felt by all those around you – your coworkers, direct reports, customers and clients. Even your family will notice because you’ll invariably get hooked on the value and start implementing at home, too! What is that worth?

Here are some suggestions to Get Present at work:

Pause. Take time each morning to quietly plan your day. Remember that you are in control as long as you stay focused on the present moment. When you get lost in the worry about the future or regret of the past you cannot access your highest potential.

Prioritize. At the beginning of each day, identify 3 to 5 things that, if completed, would have the greatest impact on the success of the company. Set boundaries and commit the space on your calendar to ensure that these important tasks get done.

Focus. Do one thing at a time. The quality of your work will increase with your concentration. When you are tempted to switch or do more than one thing at a time, remember that your lack of diligence affects your performance and the organization as a whole.

Disconnect. Turn off your technology when working on projects, in meetings, and talking with people. Technology is our biggest distraction but you can control its hold on you. If you expect others to do it, lead by example.

Listen. Your clients, staff, and investors deserve your undivided attention. Your conversations will likely be more direct and satisfying and your relationships will be more respectful and rewarding.

I believe that Getting Present will change your world. It will differentiate you as a person and as an employer. You have an incredible influence over your experience and that of the people around you. Create a work environment that is reflective of your personal and professional values. It’s your time for a fresh start! Step into your power and feel the value of Getting Present.

Yours in possibility,




Lisa L. Payne, BBA, MER, CPC is President of Connections for Success Inc. To her corporate clients, she offers executive coaching, motivational addresses, and a new interactive workshop called “Engage and Excite Your Team through Change: 7 Steps to Create a Culture of Empowerment.”  She is also the author of “What If They Knew? Secrets of an Impressive Woman.” http://LisaLPayne.com.


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