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Beyond Meditation: How Leaders Can Put Mindfulness into Action

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Mindfulness continues to garner significant attention in business. And it makes sense. When companies like Google, Apple, McKinsey, Intel, and General Mills all focus in a particular direction, others will naturally follow—especially when research paints such a compelling picture of the possible benefits of mindfulness, from stress reduction to improved relationships to better problem solving and decision making. There’s no argument that today’s always-connected, 24/7 workplace is ripe for mindfulness. People aren’t paying attention to what they’re doing 46.9% of the time according to research by psychologists Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert of Harvard University. Depending upon the study one consults, US …

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When the Growing Gets Tough

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Think about the learning that contributed most powerfully to your development and who you are today. Consider the experiences that built the expertise you use and value most every day. Reflect on what you’re most proud of mastering during the course of your career or life. This memorable learning that has made a significant difference to you (and to the organizations you’ve served) likely didn’t come easily. The kind of learning that sticks with people, helping them achieve lifelong results, generally: Challenges them to change how they think, act, or perform in new ways. Takes significant energy and attention. Involves …

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And the Envelope Please…

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Few leaders are tested on as big a stage or under as bright a spotlight as Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger, the producers of LaLa Land, who in a split-second decision, transferred their award to those who made Moonlight. How many of us could…. Graciously pass off a prestigious new contract we’d been awarded to a competitor after being told ‘it was a mistake’? or Generously and genuinely congratulate a colleague who received a job or promotion we were promised? Under these circumstances, it would be very challenging to rise above the personal disappointment and tap into our higher selves. But …

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Meditation Alone Does Not a Mindful Leader Make

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Mindfulness and meditation are quickly becoming mainstream in corporate America. The research is irrefutable that meditation contributes to positive outcomes along countless physical and mental health dimensions. And even the most traditional, conservative public and private enterprises are incorporating mindfulness and meditation into the cultures. Unfortunately, in the process, some confusion has arisen. Some people are confusing the two topics, erroneously believing that they are actually the same thing. But meditation is not mindfulness. It’s helpful to think of mindfulness as the ultimate goal or outcome that many leaders are striving for. It’s a sense of presence, being in the …

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Shining a Light on Focus

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Last week’s blog post addressed focus and how most of us have been brainwashed about what it is and how it works. I shared my view that what 90% of the population considers to be focus is actually a huge threat to long-term progress, results, and success. And I suggested the possibility that there’s another – more sustainable and joyful – face of focus. The Physics of Focus You may remember from high school science that ‘focus’ is where rays of light converge. Yet, too many of us internalized it as something hard, oppressive, and unyielding. In my life, focus …

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