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When You’re Mindful, Mistakes Become Friends

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In this HBR interview with Ellen Langer, she shares how mindfulness benefits you in many ways, including better performance, increased attention and creativity. 

Most importantly, “When you’re mindful, mistakes become friends” — something absolutely necessary at the very highest levels of any field.  From Fortune 50 CEOs to top athletes to the best teachers and mechanics — “you’ll find mindful people, because that’s the only way to get there”.

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Mindfulness for Effective Leadership

Your second quarter is coming to an end and your sales team isn’t closing the number of deals it had forecast. As expenses outweigh the current cash flow, your CEO is forced to prune the organization and puts the pressure on you to perform. You take a stand and demand immediate compliance from your team, …

Source: www.mindfulnessstudies.com

In recent years, mindfulness has become more accepted in business — especially when it comes to leadership.  As a senior executive, you must model the behavior that you expect from the people in your organization. “Empathy, conflict management, influence and self-awareness [have become] essential leadership skills in a highly-connected organization”.

To create positive change, the journey begins within.  The turbulent waters of today’s business environment requires the ability to steer your ship in a way that is “steady in the face of adversity, maintaining your leadership rudder amidst difficult decisions.”  By practicing mindfulness over time, you cultivate your “inner resources and lead in a more grounded, caring, deliberate way.”

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Stop Scaring Your Team Into Mediocrity

Are you scaring your team into mediocrity? Learn how to stop promoting fear and start producing results.

Source: www.forbes.com

My business partner, Joseph Jaworski,is known for this mantra: “In order to transform any organization, you need to drive out fear!”

The time is long overdue for leaders to be agile, fail forward, emotionally engage, and collaborate — and take accountability for getting their teams there as well.

“Are your team members taking initiative and owning their roles or are they cowering in the corner?”

Wherever they are…rest assured…as their leader, you helped to put them there.

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Meditate Without Sitting Like A Monk

Here are 13 examples endorsing action-oriented meditation for most Americans.

Source: www.marketwatch.com

To fully renew an organization involves fully renewing its people.  And this means adapting a discipline for contemplative practice — like meditation.  But after sitting in an office all day, who wants to sit to meditate?

Turns out that sitting meditation only works for about 20% of people.  This means that “8 in 10 of today’s busy folks are more suited to action”.

If you want the benefits of meditation — “stress reduction, physical health, increased energy, higher productivity and success on the bottom line” — then take action.  Here’s how:

  1. Focus on what you’re doing in the moment — nothing else
  2. Remember that anything you are doing can become a meditation — anything
  3. Trust yourself — the results are within.  You will know what works — the best way for you
  4. Keep it simple.  You can meditate — simply and naturally — doing it your way

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Not Yet Sold On Meditation? Studies Show It’s Worth Another Try

Many people have tried to sell me on the idea of meditating. Sometimes I try it, and have an incredible,…

Source: themindunleashed.org

Life is frantic.  Our minds are constantly busy; there is always something to do.

The “cure” for this?  Meditation…

Yet in this incredibly busy world, how are you supposed to let thoughts go when all your brain wants to do is let more and more in?

You try to meditate.  You sit back, close your eyes…relax and breathe.  But you “have a laundry-list of ‘to-do’s’ in [your] head…and then [your] legs fall asleep. [And] it’s all downhill from there.”

If you’ve tried meditation in the past to no avail, this TED Talk might actually persuade you to give it another try.

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How To Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions

Emotions such as fear, anger, frustration, and immobility are energies. And you can potentially ‘catch’ these energies from people without…

Source: www.whydontyoutrythis.com

Emotions are energy.  Positive emotions feel light; negative emotions feel heavy.  “And you can potentially ‘catch’ these energies from people without realizing it.”

In Dialogue, it’s important to pay attention to your internal reactions to what others say.  It’s also important to understand which emotions are your own and which belong to someone else.

Learn how to tell the difference and “strategically bolster your positive emotions so you don’t shoulder negativity that doesn’t belong to you.”

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Meditate Without Sitting Like A Monk

Here are 13 examples endorsing action-oriented meditation for most Americans.

Source: www.marketwatch.com

To fully renew an organization involves fully renewing its people.  And this means adapting a discipline for contemplative practice — like meditation.  But after sitting in an office all day, who wants to sit to meditate?

Turns out that sitting meditation only works for about 20% of people.  This means that “8 in 10 of today’s busy folks are more suited to action”.

If you want the benefits of meditation — “stress reduction, physical health, increased energy, higher productivity and success on the bottom line” — then take action.  Here’s how:

  1. Focus on what you’re doing in the moment — nothing else
  2. Remember that anything you are doing can become a meditation — anything
  3. Trust yourself — the results are within.  You will know what works — the best way for you
  4. Keep it simple.  You can meditate — simply and naturally — doing it your way

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