Can you shuttle back and forth between efficiency and visions?

Sille Lundquist is mindfulness teacher and coach at Lundquist’co

Sille Lundquist has developed the White Space theory and uses Dialoogle picture cards to help people find peace of mind and positive energy.

This scenario may be familiar to you: You must be efficient, result oriented and resourceful at work. You focus on the work, shut off all disturbing impulses and switch on the auto pilot. Sille Lundquist call this ‘the red track’.

Then situations arise when you are expected to have a general view and visions, be ale to research, create and innovate! You need to work in a completely different track: the green track. This requires a completely different mental attitude, and it can be very difficult – sometimes impossible – to change tracks if you are going at high speed with the auto pilot on.

If you continue on the red track you risk losing your visionary abilities and the capability to prioritise, thus wasting your energy. One of the most quoted management gurus, Peter Drucker, says: “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all!”

“If you are not aware of it, it can be extremely difficult to move from the red track to the open and observant green track, where ideas can be born and have room to expand. This calls for a mutual understanding,” explain Sille Lundquist, owner of the company lundquist’co. Sille is a mindfulness teacher, connector and coach, and has developed the White Space theory in collaboration with some of the most ambitious and successful businesses in Denmark.

“Your personal White Space is a place where you feel in touch with yourself and where blocking habitual thinking dissipates. Here you can switch off the auto pilot and find your way into the open space where you can unwind and generate positive energy – and you can also easily find your way to the green, observant track,” Sille explains.

The Dialoogle cards are good because they are poetic and open to interpretation, and this is valuable in itself.

Some people experience their White Space when they take a walk in the countryside or have a good laugh; others feel the reigns loosen when they spend time with their children, clean the windows or something completely different. Sille Lundquist uses Dialoogle picture cards when helping people find their White Space.

“The Dialoogle cards are good because they are poetic and open to interpretation, and this is valuable in itself. You need to be in touch with yourself and find images that evoke the same physical feeling you get when in your White Space. One person senses the feeling in connection with the image of a wise snowy owl’s stoic countenance; others’ senses are called by light summer clouds, the sea’s waves or a cute toddler.”

“In the process we work with the dogma that the road will reveal itself as we go, that we learn from our mistakes, and that the senses, not the brain, should speak. This is very unusual when you are used to constantly being evaluated.”

The effectiveness of the method is confirmed by leaders, scientists and business developers in the companies that have taken part in developing it. Their cooperation have improved greatly, they have become more skilled at prioritising their efforts, their ability for visionary thinking has improved, and they have learned to engage in shared goals instead of focusing solely on their own performance.

“The White Space mindset is a good way of developing strong, open relations, original ideas and true leadership, and the method can be used in all situations where people are working, living or creating something valuable together,” concludes Sille Lundquist.




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