Too often we travel through spaces, interact with people and do our work, all with very little mindfulness of our surroundings.
This, says Patrick DiMichele, is because our focus is limited and our attention split. And it leads to lost opportunities.
Patrick leads the interaction design practice at Manifest, the largest independent interactive agency in the Midwest. He’s spent his career using the web to create connections between audiences and organizations.
At WebVisions Chicago, Patrick will discuss purpose-driven approaches to the places, people and situations we encounter every day in “Be Here Now.” He’ll offer insight on how to be truly engaged in where we are, mindful of what we’re doing and focused on helping creativity flourish.
And for all of you list-lovers, he’ll explore five key ideas to set mindfulness into action:
- Being a better observer – Patrick says that, when you’re aware of your surroundings, the world around you “becomes a behavioral research lab.”
- Being a better practitioner – focus on your audience’s and collaborators’ needs when you begin work and plan collaborations deliberately.
- Being a better facilitator – how to lead discussions of three types: exploration, decision-making and review.
- Being a better manager – identifying personality types and approaches managers should use to create happy and effective workplaces.
- Being a better leader – the importance of drawing a line in the sand… “And acknowledging that it’s just sand.”
Patrick’s understanding of how purpose-driven teams achieve great results comes from an inquisitive approach to life, work and learning. Outside the office, Patrick is both a teacher and a student and spends much of his time dreaming-up ways for each role to inform the other. He has an abiding love of books, basketball, Basecamp, bicycles and beer. Also alliteration.
The journey toward mindfulness is a series of small, purposeful steps…best begun after Patrick’s 45 minutes of illumination.
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