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Your Finest Hour: Leading Wisely in Challenging Times

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By Jay Forte, MBA, CPC, CGC, ELI-MP

When you’re the leader, the focus is always on you. People watch your every move, ready to judge what you decide to do and how you do it, regardless of the situation at hand. This holds especially true in challenging times because there is more at stake.  

Consider how some well-known organizations responded to challenging times. Some of the responses ruined careers because the careless, self-centered, or reactive comments created a negative impact in the mi…

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Taking a Tough Look in the Mirror

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By Dr. Karlyn Borysenko

There's not a leader out there who would tell you their goal is to create less productive employees, and yet data shows us that is precisely what many of them end up doing. About two-thirds of employees in the United States and Canada self-report that they are unengaged at work, 79% of employees do not see professional growth opportunities in their current organization, and 79% of employees who quit their job credit a "lack of appreciation" as their reason for leaving.  …

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The Art of Leading Yourself

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By Georgina Miranda

Gandhi said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.”

We can consider these impactful words when it comes to leadership today. Developing the art of leading ourselves, our personal leadership, becomes a critical step before we can lead others on the path to greatness and success. Human nature takes us di…

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5 Ways to Increase Remote Worker Engagement

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By Jay Forte

It might seem hard to believe now, but just a few short months ago, one of the biggest challenges organizations faced was keeping its employees engaged. In fact, the Gallup Organization reported in its The State of the American Workplace report that the percentage of engaged employees hovered around only 30% of the workforce for most of the past 20 years. 

Let’s put that into perspective: only 30% of employees were engaged in their work. They brought their A-game to work and were …

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Bringing Mindful Leadership Education to our MBA Program at MIT

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By Meggan Davis, José Ramos, and Jeremy Scharf

We started Mindfulness and Leadership (“M&L”) in 2019 as a student-led initiative at MIT’s Sloan School of Management with a firm belief that to lead others well we must first know ourselves. Despite research recognizing some inner knowledge is key to effective leadership, many MBA students graduate without a toolkit for understanding themselves or how they relate to others.

Jeremy Scharf, one of our co-founders and a second-year MBA, says about t…

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How Nature is Saving Remote Workers (And Can Help You Too!)   

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By Mark Morey

Remote worker burn-out is a tsunami slowly rolling towards every manager who thinks they dodged a pandemic bullet. 

As New York Times columnist Jennifer Senior put the matter bluntly in her recent op-ed: “We are not, as a nation, all right.” (1)

The ground is shifting beneath our feet. Life is confusing and yet our responsibilities are still requiring our participation and leadership. If you are in a company and have direct reports you have already seen the signs of what’s to co…

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The Power of a Pause

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By Chris L. Johnson, PsyD. 

COVID’s tragic impact—on health and the economy, working remotely or job seeking, juggling kids and school, racial strife, and a divisive US election soon—is like nothing we’ve ever had to address (1). Yet, if these past few months of enforced pause have shown us nothing else, it’s that we’re able to learn on the fly.

Conventional, rationalistic tradition—involving lectures, books, data points, and debate—has led us to believe that learning is something that happens…

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How to Hold Space for Mindfulness Online

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By Joy Reichart, New Ventures West 

As a school dedicated to everyone uncovering their authentic contributions to life, we at New Ventures West have always worked to cultivate optimal conditions for growth and connection. We are constantly honing and refining the ‘containers’ for our Integral Coach training programs—particularly now that we have moved to a virtual classroom.

What is a well-held container?

A container for growth is just that: a physical and energetic field around a group of pe…

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Checklist: How to Support Emotional Wellness for Remote Employees

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By Jay Forte

So many people today are working remotely. With a computer and Internet connectivity, employees can get most (or all) of their usual work done. 

But working from home during a pandemic is drastically different from the traditional work-at-home mentality. Today, remote employees have to juggle so many things that impact their productivity. There is family, home schooling, shopping in a pandemic, having enough of the essentials, finding and using safety equipment effectively, and tr…

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Challenges of Strategic Leadership: Mastering Executive Functions

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By Art Kleiner, Jeffrey M. Schwartz, and Josie Thomson

This is part of a series. You can find the first article here

Strategic leadership is the ability to handle complex problems: where there is no obvious or facile solution, the stakes are high, and collaboration with others is essential. In this series for Mindful Leader, we are exploring the seven challenges, based in the mind and brain, which strategic leaders can expect to face as they move through their careers.  

You’re running a vi…

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