ontological inquiry

The Cost of Being Vague

A hidden element in improving the quality of our attention and effectiveness may be tied to vague thinking. The connection between thinking and action, while often overlooked, can reveal important blind spots.

In working with professionals, I’ve come to experience the effects of our digital age: Fragmented attention causes us to skim and scan instead of reading, multitasking causes us to speed through tasks rather than experience them, and the fear of missing out (FOMO) produces reflexive thoughts and actions.

Our Tranquilized Obviousness

This digital mentality has come to cloud our mind and cultivate a tranquilized obviousness, a DOWNLOAD PDF

By |2022-07-15T12:13:42-04:00October 5th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Discovering Context, Part 2: Listening for the Unexamined

The nature of being human shifts when we listen for context rather than for mere content. In part 1 of this two-part blog on the Importance of Context, I distinguished between the significance and decisiveness of context. We saw that listening, more than any other human faculty, is our access to context. This blog explores ways that listening is decisive.

Listening and Meaning-Making

Humans make sense of life in the meaning we assign to events. In a sense, we are literary beings. Things matter to us because they bring meaning to our DOWNLOAD PDF

By |2022-11-14T16:40:41-05:00June 8th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Discovering Context, Part 1: Shaping our Experiences

“Information is now both content and context.” A passing comment made by my mentor in 1999, has since stuck with me and changed the way I think and listen. It was as prescient as Marshall McLuhan’s 1964 comment, “the medium is the message.”

To date, the importance and pervasiveness of context remain a mystery. What is it? How can we discern and create it? The subject of context—defining, distinguishing, and examining its application—is worth exploring.

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on context and listening. This blog defines “context.” Part 2 illustrates how our listening shapes context.

By |2022-11-14T10:14:26-05:00May 19th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments
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