Call it a subtle shift, like waves licking at your toes or rays of the sun warming your face. The paradigm shift of mind management - mental skill - has never been more acute in our day and age. These six inches of premium space between your ears have become the new battleground.
Psychologists use the metaphor of taming the "monkey mind", that ever-negative chattering voice in our head, or as the Buddhists term it "as resembling a restless monkey".
COVID-19 kicked this into overdrive and every one of us became the proverbial chickens when a fox is in the chicken coup, together learning about vulnerability.
Neuroscientifically, we have one brain and two minds - the monkey mind, our conscious mind; and the real you, the inner you - your character, your experiences, lessons learnt - our unconscious mind.
As leaders, our attitude is to use these tools and mechanisms available - otherwise we're just swinging from tree to tree every day this new year.
Being from the Pacific reminds me of the adage that a pebble can cause ripples in a pond on one side of the ocean and a tidal wave on the other. Not only do we have no control over the pebble but its repercussions are also far worse. Climate change and COVID-19 are recent examples of this model.
The impact of globalisation on cross border trade of goods and services, people and information has rapidly evolved even more for far-flung islands across the Pacific. The pandemic has seen the emergence of physical distancing while maintaining a lifestyle with convenient access to your banking and to the world.
While it has come with a tsunami of cyber-crime from online fraud, the dark web, identity theft and scammers, the lesson of digitalisation is understanding risk is everyone's business.
In a world where technology has rapidly changed how we interact and conduct business, it's hard to imagine televisions were first introduced mainstream into Fiji only 30 years ago.
Long before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, the Nokia 3310 was the most desirable item at any conference table. And way before Blu-rays, CDs and DVDs, rotary dial landlines were standard in every home - as were cassette decks to record your favourite pop songs off the air.
It's from this world that emerged talent from Generation X, hardy souls suddenly exposed to change like no other generation and who now make up the crop of senior leaders in various industries and organisations today.
Reporting into them are Millenniums, talent who are as astute with the world wide web as they are using smart phones as an interface. They are natives in a virtual portal where jobs are boundaryless, applications are submitted online and getting your way around is dependent on terabytes, passwords and storage space.
It’s critical leaders understand this background in their roles and acknowledge this shift when managing people and talent.