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Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High Performance Teamwork

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By John J. Murphy

In 1993 I wrote a book titled, Pulling Together: The Power of Teamwork. The book aimed primarily at helping leaders unite people and inspire them to work together for common good rather than separate and point fingers. It also helped team members see more value in one another and use this insight to boost synergy – the power of teamwork. Today, almost thirty years later, the lessons seem more relevant than ever. 

In 2010 Simple Truths, now a publishing brand of Sourcebooks, r…

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4 Tips on how to get buy-in to fund your mindfulness program

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By Holly Duckworth, CWMF Alumnus

You have a vision, creating a successful mindfulness program! Sadly, other key influencers do not see it. Now what? No matter if you are a vendor to companies or an internal champion for mindfulness, we have one unexpected thing in common. Sales. Yes, you read that correctly.  We both must sell the return on mindfulness to get buy-in and funding.  Did you know, according to Fitt Insider, the business of mindfulness is fast becoming a pillar of the $4.5T wellness…

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Five Mindfulness-Based Practices for Difficult Times

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By Rich Fernandez, guest contributor

There are many events taking place in the world today that challenge us severely, from the tragic and shocking news of mass shootings in the U.S., to ongoing challenges in places such as Hong Kong and Venezuela (to name only a few), to the latest report from the United Nations on the dire state of climate change.  

There are also many other challenges that don’t come across our screens or manifest on a global scale but can affect us daily and deeply. 

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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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