Running businesses, chasing success, and juggling priorities — leaders are charging through life full speed ahead with little time to be still.

That's where the Mora exercise comes in.

Mora, from Latin, translates to “pause.” The exercise facilitates clarity that allows business leaders to break the cycle of continually reacting to what life throws at them.

On this week's episode of the podcast, Ken Weigel joins Jared Siegel to discuss the Mora exercise and many of its benefits. He also talks about the role self-care has in business and what clarity contributes to performance.

Ken is all about strategy. He is a strategy consultant and the Strategic Advisor at The Contingent. He also works in the strategic advancement department of The Bible Project.

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Here are a few highlights from their conversation:

  • “What I like about [the Mora exercise] is that rather than prescriptive, it’s facilitated,” Jared shares. “Having somebody else ask me questions that I haven't yet ever thought to ask myself, and then challenge the answer that I'm offering, allows me to see opportunity or challenge framed in a new light.”
  • You don’t have the same perspective on your life, your organization, or yourself that a trusted advisor would. As you have been your main problem solver for most of your life, you don’t often stop and recognize patterns between your previous challenges, Ken remarks.
  • “Stillness aims the archer’s arrow,” Jared quotes. A moment of clarity on what matters most, and why it does, can add a layer of precision to your execution that would otherwise be absent.
  • “When we can get to those places where we’re asking ourselves [what we want to do and what would bring us the most joy] and listening carefully to the answers, we find ourselves at a tremendous place of clarity; it allows us to have more confidence as we make decisions going forward,” Ken comments.
  • “[We should] have a culture that allows us to see the benefit of taking some time to take care of ourselves intellectually, emotionally and physically, and the role that plays in our responsibilities,” Ken says.