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How to Face the Challenges of Going Back to the Office

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By John J. Murphy

We all know the eternal optimist says “the glass is half-full,” while the pessimist says “the glass is half-empty.” But as the author Simon Sinek says, “People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.” That’s the real optimist. 

Research shows that positive energizers, those who are not only optimistic, but who uplift, motivate, and renew others usually wind up uplifting themselves and their organizations. Their contagio…

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Are You an Authoritarian or an Influential Leader?

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by Jocelyn Davis, guest contributor

Command authority is a poor basis for life. Whether you’re atop a corporate jungle gym, reaching for the next rung, or off playing in the sandbox, your long-term professional and personal success is a matter of influence, not dominance.

Some consider influence synonymous with persuasion, but, influence is really the art of getting things done without coercion. More precisely, it’s the ability to engage and guide others in collaborative work without relying o…

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Killing the Buddha

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As a pioneer in workplace mindfulness, we're always looking for new perspectives on our field. So, when we came across Work Pray Code by Carolyn Chen which was published last month, we decided to do a series of articles exploring this work with you. Our hopes are to encourage conversation and critical thinking. This excerpt is the second article in our Work Pray Code series. Check out the first article in the series here!

By Carolyn Chen

[Various consultants] and coaches teach Buddhist meditat…

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How Can Corporations Become Healing Forces in the World?

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By Raj Sisodia & Michael Gelb

What if there was a company whose CEO said, "Let's pay our people as much as possible"? What if that same company showed up to help communities in distress before FEMA and the Red Cross when there was a disaster? What if your company treated your spouse, your children, your parents, and even your pets, as stakeholders, and made it a priority to ensure that you can be present for them? What if there was a company that not only reduced its environmental footprint to …

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Book Review: Work Pray Code

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By The Mindful Leader Team

As a pioneer in workplace mindfulness, we're always looking for new perspectives on our field. So, when we came across Work Pray Code by Carolyn Chen which was published last month, we decided to do a series of articles exploring this work with you. Our hopes are to encourage conversation and critical thinking. This review is the first article in our Work Pray Code seriesCheck out the second article in the series here!

What Happens When Work is the Place Where Amer…

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5 Ways to Bring Your Whole Self to Hybrid Working

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By Dan Nixon, guest contributor

Between the busyness of our work lives and shifts towards flexible and hybrid working patterns, the ability to remain grounded, and to be fully present, becomes ever more challenging. Add to this the bottomless newsfeeds on our phones and the blurring of home/work boundaries, and it can easily feel as though our lives become a series of “to-do list” tasks and back-to-back meetings, with any spaces in between quickly filled with emails and other updates.

All of t…

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Why is a Mindful Workplace Essential to Thrive in the New Era?

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By Peter Calin, Mindful Leader MBSR Instructor

The level of stress we’ve experienced in the past two years has increased significantly due to an environment full of uncertainty created by the pandemic, climate change, social unrest, inclusivity and diversity issues, a heightened awareness or concern for work-life balance, and a myriad of other factors.  As a result, the workplace is a fast-paced and stressful environment. How do leaders now lead their organizations in a global market that has c…

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Four Mindful Steps to Lead With Compassion

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By John J. Murphy, guest contributor

In 2009 I wrote a book titled, Beyond Doubt: Four Steps to Inner Peace. Originally, the book was intended to help people in all walks of life live with more presence, confidence, compassion, and abundance. It was the first book I wrote outside of the business and leadership genre, so I was surprised to learn a few years later that it was being used by a “sensei” (master teacher) at one of the world’s largest corporations to train business leaders how to lead…

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Leaders Connect With Empathy, But Lead With Compassion

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By Jacqueline Carter & Rasmus Hougaard, guest contributors

For decades, leaders have been taught the importance of empathy. Its importance cannot be overstated, especially in today’s world of work. Empathy is the ability to recognize and share others’ feelings and perspectives. Empathy is the ability to put yourself in others’ shoes. As a leader, this ability is obviously important. You can lead others more effectively if you can understand what they might be experiencing. Research also shows t…

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How Can Mindfulness Help You Become a More Agile Learner?

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By Andy Lee, Mindful Leader CWMF and MBSR Instructor

There’s an old adage that in ten years on the job, some people amass ten years of learning while others gain one year of learning ten times over. The difference between these two types of people can be described as a difference in learning agility.   

Learning agility, a term coined by Lombardo and Eichinger (2000), is the capacity of a person to learn and develop as a result of their on-the-job chall…

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