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Present Present

Everything that happens, happens for the first and last time.

This alone could be reason enough to give meaning to the subject of mindfulness and awareness. Living in the here and now has become an almost proverbial aspect of the paradox of time for psychological systems. But teams and organisations also do well to check whether they can bracket or ringfence numbers, data, opinions and prejudices (=past), as well as strategies, visions and goals (=future). Then they could become free to see what unique chances this one moment offers. The ancient Greeks called the god of the present present “<a href=”” target=”_blank”>Kairos</a>”. He impresses with his hairstyle: He only has a little pony tail on an otherwise bald head, which is at the front, on his forehead. Therefore, one can only grab him from the front. Once he has passed, one can only touch the smooth back of the head, leaving one’s hand empty…

The emotional as well as the communicative competence “Holding Things in Abeyance” (Otto Scharmer) is necessary in order to embrace the respective present and the opportunities, decision alternatives, enjoyment possibilities, meetings, unions and circumstances, which lie solely within it.

“The mindful organisation” (Karl Weick) is the organisation-theoretical counterpart of psychological presence.

Recognising opportunities and dangers in the present is a condition of survival for all systems and is anchored in the time modality of the present present.