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Give Space to Embrace

Laust Lauridsen, MD
5 min readSep 15

The complexity and uncertainty we live in, the need for new sustainable solutions, the agenda of diversity and inclusion, the digital technology that accelerates everything. It is easy to get caught up in the data tsunami and dragged away from what is important in life.

We all risk becoming narrow-sighted, flat-minded and stressed-out. In these emergency states, we become less embracing and more excluding, which lead directly to disturbed and impaired decision-making. Too often, we see good intentions of sustainable and inclusive outcomes sacrificed for quick fixes and practical solutions.

Have you ever observed a group of busy professionals rushing to reach an agreement, and wondered where that particular decision came from? Nobody was really present and engaged in the process. Was it the loudest voice, the routine pattern or a random selection that won?

The more complex the problem, the more diverse the group, and the more urgency, the harder it becomes to make balanced and informed decisions. Without individual awareness, it is impossible. If the mental space of each person is flat and full, the resonance and synchronicity between minds are never established.

Of course, it helps to have a common model of decision-making, but it is even more crucial to learn to give space and establish a shared scope of mind. Especially if you want to make bold decisions beyond expectation and imagination — to benefit not only the few, but also the many.

The psychological notion scope of mind refers to what we are aware of and have access to at any given moment. It is important, because what we are aware of and hold in our minds will attract energy, be cultivated, and eventually manifest.

The scope of mind shapes our perception of what is true or false in the world, possible or impossible, important or unimportant, wanted or unwanted. It directly influences our decision-making and action taking.

When we enter a certain scope of mind, we activate a cluster of preset attitudes and automatic reactions. The advantage is we don’t have to waste precious energy on thinking. We behave as the scope of mind directs and facilitates. Naturally and often unconsciously.

Laust Lauridsen, MD

Help leaders and teams go beyond to transform and perform. Writer, speaker and facilitator.