If you contract, question your assumptions.

It was a leadership seminar in Hamburg, which Groupmind had organized. It was about using our whole being to improve leadership skills. The speaker, Diane Hamilton, shared this one-liner with us as one of her markers.

I could do something with it right away, even though I had never consciously brought together the connection between my physical sensation (my brain, my heart, my stomach contracting) with my assumptions.

“How clever,” I thought, “my own body as a warning system for colliding assumptions.” Instead of looking for the culprit for my malaise on the outside, my attention was directed inward, to my immediate sphere of influence. What were my assumptions here? Where did I disagree and why? The answers to these questions, help me into relaxation and from there into a good exchange with the one who obviously starts from different assumptions than I do.

Christiane Schneider

Management consultant for
Identity and development in organizations

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