The Mental, Physical, and Professional Benefits of Pausing with Chris Johnson

Why is taking a pause from work such an integral part of healthy business culture? Because in this VUCA world—volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous—your future success depends on your ability to navigate the chaos by finding time to pause. In this episode, Chris Johnson, Founder of Q4 Consulting, debunks the notion that multitasking is the key to success, and gives insight into how slowing down is fundamental in helping teams become more cohesive. Listen to hear about the biological repercussions of too much work and what techniques you can implement to make your teams, communities, and businesses overcome challenges.

Guest Info

Chris L. Johnson, PsyD, Founder - Q-4 Consulting 

Chris Johnson, PsyD. has devoted her life to the deep listening that underpins ‘what matters most’ in people’s lives.  She’s the founder of Q4 Consulting, Inc. a Chicago based consulting firm committed to cultivating exemplary leaders, collaborative teams, healthy workplaces and engaged, thriving communities. An experienced psychologist, mindfulness teacher and executive leadership coach she’s known for creating trust with those who value her honesty, deep listening and commitment to their success.

Chris is the Chair of Conscious Capitalism Chicago and on the leadership team of Ellevate Chicago. Lately she’s been spending her time writing a book, The Leadership Pause: Sharpen Your Attention, Deepen Your Presence, and Navigate the Future that came out this year in 2022.

When she’s not working, Chris is likely either gardening, reading a great book, making art or at the aikido dojo where she practices and teaches the art of peace.


Guest Resources

The Leadership Pause: Sharpen Your Attention, Deepen Your Presence, and Navigate the Future by Chris Johnson

Your future success depends upon your ability to pause. We’re all navigating new realities.

The Leadership Pause is for anyone looking to deepen their impact on the lives around them, leave a profound mark on their organizations, and build a legacy of intentional focus, pragmatic ambition, grounded compassion, and empathy-in-action.

In it, you’ll find a step-by-step process to expand and amplify your influence as a conscious leader – mindful, embodied, generative – that will result in you skillfully navigating through the chaos and uncertainty.

Q-4 Consulting: Learn more about Chris and her services.


Show Notes

Key takeaways from this episode:

- Pausing reduces stress and helps you think more clearly

- Intuition and emotional intelligence are powerful business tools

- Aligning around a core purpose and shared values improves business culture

What to listen for:

[03:28] Using pauses as a tool for effective leadership
[09:48] The need for emotional intelligence in business
[12:14] How to overcome struggles at work
[14:28] Normalizing deep learning
[20:16] The purpose of embodied learning
[24:08] The dangers of multitasking
[27:04] Techniques to begin pausing
[32:51] Chris’s self-limiting story
[34:41] Quick questions with Chris
[37:50] Chris’s challenge to leaders for making a more human workplace


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