4 Minute Practice to Radiating Confidence at Work
By Gayle Van Gils, guest contributor
There’s a common expression: We know it when we see it. But in actuality, we know it when we feel it. The person in front of you is radiating energy, excitement, and enthusiasm, and at the same time is calm, grounded, and self-possessed. The confident individual is magnetic to us. We want to get to know her, and may be curious about what she does and how she became that way.
Unconditional confidence is distinguishable from feigned confidence or arrogance. …
Adapting Mindfulness for Fast- Paced Companies
By Wendy Palmer, guest contributor
Most of the literature around mindfulness in the workplace suggests that the practitioner should take ten, fifteen, or even thirty minutes to practice mindfulness each day. Generally, the suggestion is to sit in a quiet place with eyes closed and follow the breath letting go of any thoughts that may arise by returning attention to the breath. The intention is to shift to a more calmer, and more compassionate and relaxed state of being. It is true that if a per…
Build a Stronger Team with Vitamin G
By Mary Linda McBride, guest contributor
The pace of our work lives is unrelenting. Cognitive, emotional, and social demands are feverishly delivered by devices – ringing, pinging, and chiming at us all day long.
Markets shift overnight. Expectations and preferences change with the advent of a new technology. A tweet can instantly precipitate a public relations nightmare.
Mindful leaders work to safeguard themselves and their colleagues from being hijacked by the crisis …
Taking a Tough Look in the Mirror
By Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, guest contributor
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 re…
Like the Wild Geese
By Wendy Saunders, guest contributor
“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
–Excerpt of “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver
It can feel rather lonely sometimes when leading mindfulness programs or endeavoring to gather the support needed to start, sustain, or expand these programs in the workplace. This has been my experience at points during the …
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Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence Facilitator’s Guide
Creating a Culture of Mindfulness at Work
This document captures key questions and insights that arose during a weekend deep dive retreat hosted by Mindful Leader and the Garrison Institute in August 2018. The participants were all internal champions of mindfulness within medium to large organizations (100+ employees). Our objective was to provide a forum where these peers could share best practices and lessons learned, bond, and find meaningful ways to support the continued growth of mindfulness in America.
Being an i…
How integrating change management with mindfulness meditation helps employees through difficult change
By Wendy Quan, guest contributor
Organizations struggle with constant change. Or, rather, it’s the employees who struggle with the relentless changes that disrupts their lives and mounts their stress. The problem is there is never enough change management resource to truly help our employees.
The responsibility of helping people through change, or ‘change management’ tends to fall upon leaders, change managers, project managers or human resources. However, generally whatever little time there…
America’s First Chief Mindfulness Officer
By Schuyler Brown, guest contributor
One morning in 2015, I opened my Sunday New York Times to find a profile of Mark Bertolini, the CEO of healthcare giant Aetna, on the front page of the Business Section. The story was not a typical business story, but rather a vulnerable and personal portrait: the story of a corporate leader’s personal journey into meditation and his vision to bring the practice into his workplace.
Bertolini hired Andy Lee to do the real work of building a company culture w…
A Mindful Solution to Mindless Meetings
By Leah Weiss, guest contributor
Meetings are a way to arrive at solutions, voice opinions, share and receive team feedback. So why are roughly 59% of meetings a waste of time? Furthermore, meetings can cause companies to lose billions of dollars in revenue annually.
Why haven’t we yet found an antidote to mindless meetings? Maybe we’re not looking in the right place.
A Tip from Tibet
The image of an ego-tripping narcissistic boss is fading fast. In its place is a leader who knows the impor…