Mindfulness: Disrupting Oppression in the Workplace
By Regina Smith, guest contributor
I am a black woman in my mid-forties and a senior executive at a small progressive predominantly white organization. I have approximately 10 direct reports, and I report to the president. Of the people who report to me, two are people of color (male-identified), and none of the other executives who report to the president are people of color. Even at a liberal and progressively-minded spiritually-based organization, the air we breathe is still the air of domi…
The 5 Abilities Mindful Leaders Cultivate
By James Van Auken, guest contributor
People constantly wrestle with themselves. An impulse, a habit, an expectation—juxtaposed by a limitation, governance, or imposed denial of desire—all create disorienting dilemmas that can drive behavior and diminish mental resources. And in this internal wrestling contest of impulse, desire, and habit on one team and moral reasoning, responsibility, and “doing the right thing” on the other, a cyclical battle pervades.
In our contemporary society, we are o…
Burnout and the Mindfulness Backlash
By Mo Edjlali, Mindful Leader's President and Chief Community Organizer
A couple of years ago I was invited as a guest to attend a Corporate HR Executive event on Resilience in the workplace. As the event went along, sometime towards the middle of the day during a Q&A period one of the attendees stood up and asked a question of the panel that left an impression on me (I’m paraphrasing)
“We are overworked, our employees are overworked, how can we keep increasing people’s workload and just of…
The Mindful Elite and Bringing Spirituality to Work
by Jaime Kucinskas, guest contributor
In many professional workplaces, mindfulness has become a seeming panacea. According to a recent survey conducted by the National Group on Health and Fidelity Investments, 35 percent of employers offered mindfulness classes or training, and an additional 26 percent were considering adding programs in the future. Advocates argue that it will not only help workers de-stress and improve their health but become more self-aware and self-actualized both in and ou…
Five Mindfulness-Based Practices for Difficult Times
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.
How Managers Can Beat the Summer Slump
By Karlyn McKell, guest contributor
Creating a culture of mindfulness at work is essential to connecting with your team. As a manager, keeping track of how different times of the year can impact happiness and productivity is one good way to stay on the same page as your team members.
Five percent of the population will experience seasonal affective disorder, and doctors are still trying to figure out the cause. While typically thought of as a wintertime ailment caused by too much time spent i…
7 Tips to Balance Your Work & Life with Mindfulness
By Dorsey Standish, guest contributor
As Chief Mindfulness Officer of Mastermind, a brain health consulting firm, I bring research-backed mindfulness and emotional intelligence training to corporations across the state of Texas. I have worked with thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, and I’ve noticed a common theme amongst my clients: struggling to balance work and personal life.
For many busy professionals, the phrase "work-life balance" can seem like an oxymoron. In today’s world o…
Complying with Religion Laws in Workplace Mindfulness Programs
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By Candy Gunther Brown
Most workplace mindfulness programs are positioned as “secular” aids to increase focus, happiness, and productivity. However, some employees may object to participating because they view mindfulness as religious, and specifically Buddhist. Whether or not employers agree with this understanding, they are legally and ethically required to respect it.
Why might some employees object that mindfulness is “religious”?
The term “mindful…
Compassion at LinkedIn - A Strategic Advantage
By Scott Shute, guest contributor
LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. You might be surprised that one of the biggest skills needed to achieve that vision is compassion, and especially compassion in leadership.
At LinkedIn we believe that compassion is not just a better way to live, it’s a better way to build a team, it’s a better way to build and grow a business.
We recently sponsored The Compassion Award and the Compassion in Leadersh…
Why Mindfulness is the Answer to Unconscious Bias
By John Davisi, guest contributor
As a life and mindfulness coach and HR leader who also happens to be gay, the subject of unconscious bias is part of my everyday experience. I believe that my ability to lead others is contingent upon my ability to lead myself, and I can’t do that unless I have awareness of my thoughts and emotions. So the continuous journey to be aware of my own unconscious bias is incredibly important to me.
Here’s the thing: we all have unconscious bias. Every single one of us.…