The Mindful Leadership Blog

Just In! Start “Braving” to Demonstrate the Most Important Leadership Skills

October 12th, 2017

  What’s hot?   A study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations* revealed “High ethical and moral standards” and “Communicates clear expectations” as items #1 and #3 on a list of most important leadership traits. So what?   These two characteristics are all about creating a safe and trusting environment. High […]

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Just In! Improve Productivity with Great Advice from Those Who Have Been There, Done That

October 7th, 2017

What’s hot? A panel of successful business entrepreneurs offer suggestions on how to boost productivity. * So what? Leaders at every level want to achieve more with less. And, although productivity challenges can be complex, a panel of British entrepreneurs offer suggestions that can be adopted by leaders at every organizational level. What to do? […]

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Just In! Sell Yourself as a Manager When You’ve Never Been One

September 28th, 2017

What’s hot?   According to a Harvard Business Review online article*, there are ways to get that management position even though you lack managerial experience. So what?   It takes more than being alert to openings and communicating your interest to land your first management job. You must adopt the belief that you don’t get […]

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Just In! A-hole Leaders Can Kill More Than Motivation

September 21st, 2017

  What’s hot? A study of 6,000 civil servants revealed that when their bosses criticized them unfairly, didn’t listen to their problems and rarely praised them the consequences were more than you might think. Those at the mercy of the a-hold boss suffered more angina, heart attacks and deaths from heart disease!* So what? Incivility […]

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Just In! Get Defensive and Get Manipulated

September 14th, 2017

What’s hot? According to Aaron Karmin, licensed clinical professional counselor, certified clinical hypnotherapist and author of “Anger Management Workbook,” people who get angry and defensive are likely to crash and burn. So what? Karmin reports that anger is an instinctual emotional response to a real or imagined threat. When we feel attacked, our logical thought […]

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Just In! Why You Need an Attitude of Gratitude

September 7th, 2017

What’s hot? People are less likely to feel or express gratitude at work than anyplace else.* So what? Leaders are missing out on the benefits of expressing gratitude at work. Two recent studies**reveal that on-the-job gratitude helps people: • Feel more positive emotions • Relish good experiences • Deal with adversity • Work harder • […]

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Just In! Our Pants Are On Fire!

August 31st, 2017

What’s hot? Harvard Business School experiments reveal that when given the opportunity, most people will lie. Big, fat lies are rare. However, more than 70 percent of the more than 40,000 people who have participated in “the matrix experiment” have cheated – falsely reporting the number of their correct answers. So what? The workplace is […]

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Just In! There’s a Shortage of Accountability!

August 24th, 2017

What’s hot? Less than half (48%) of leaders were viewed as accountable in a recent study by Lee Hecht Harrison. And, only 27% of respondents reported a strong leadership culture in their organization. So what? When there is a lack of accountability, productivity plummets, employee dissatisfaction rises, blaming increases, self-serving behaviors rise and creativity decreases. […]

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Just In! Are You a Workplace Bully?

August 17th, 2017

What’s hot? “Bullying in the Workplace: – How to Survive, Heal and Rebuild your Life,” by Katrina Cavanaugh, should give pause to anyone who has ever been advised to back off, tone it down, be more respectful, or told, “you offend people.”  There is a difference between holding people to high standards and humiliating them. […]

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Just In! Get the Smarts that Count

August 10th, 2017

  What’s hot? Emotional Intelligence is expected to be to be one of the top 10 job skills by 2020.*    So what? Companies place a high value on the ability to identify and react appropriately to emotions – your own and others.  In fact, a Career Building survey of more than 2,600 US hiring […]

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Just In! Emotional Vampires Create O-T-J Stress

August 3rd, 2017

  What’s hot?   Dr. Sophie Henshaw, a clinical psychologist and author of  “Stressed, Depressed and Dreading Mondays” and “What Every Target of Workplace Bullying Needs to Know,” describes an emotional vampire as someone who, after spending even a little time with them, leaves you feel completely and utterly drained.   So what?   Emotional […]

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Just In! Millennial Managers Face Generational Tension

July 27th, 2017

  What’s hot? A Harvard Business Review survey revealed that millennial managers face a challenge that previous generations didn’t: managing employees who are older than they are. So what? Older employees resist taking marching orders from younger individuals because they view younger supervisors as lacking real world experience.  However, millennials can counterbalance this challenge by […]

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Just In! Mean What You Say. Say What You Mean. Just Don’t Say it Mean!

July 20th, 2017

  What’s hot? Radical candor is the smokin’ hot new leadership tool. It’s the sweet spot between being obnoxiously aggressive and ruinously empathetic. Kim Scott developed the radical candor approach to leadership based on her years as an executive at Google and Apple.  Her book, Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing your Humanity […]

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Just In! YIKES! Your Smartphone Can Make You Dumb

July 13th, 2017

  What’s hot?   A study by the University of Texas at Austin* reveals that your cognitive capacity is reduced when your smartphone is within reach – even when it is off.   So what?   In tests that measured participants ability to hold and process data, those with their smartphones in another room significantly […]

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Just In! Lead Like You Were Made to

July 6th, 2017

  What’s hot?   Dr. Kelly Flanagan’s blog, Untangled, is a source of leadership inspiration.  Maybe it is because he writes about the human condition with such insight and wisdom that it is impossible to view his messages without applying them to the challenges of leadership. In a recent post, Flanagan writes, “Somewhere along the […]

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Just In! Four fundamentals: the formula for success for front-line leaders

June 29th, 2017

  What’s hot? A McKinsey survey of 189,000 people in 81 diverse organizations around the world reveals that four kinds of behavior account for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness. So what? Those 4 behaviors were reported to be relevant for front line managers in nearly all organizations. What to do? Focus on the four core […]

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Just In! Do you Have the Characteristics of a High Performing Chief Executive?

June 21st, 2017

  What’s hot?   A decade-long CEO Genome Project Study revealed some surprising results.  Successful chief executives tend to demonstrate four specific behaviors that challenge previously held assumptions. The key to effective leadership is less about introversion or extroversion, or education, or how you are wired and more about what you do. So what?   […]

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Just In! Organizational Change Can Drive Employees Out!

June 15th, 2017

  What’s hot?   The 2017 Work and Well-Being Survey released by the American Psychological Association reveals that work-related changes are likely to result in chronic work stress, physical health symptoms at work, and a loss of trust in employers. So what?   Survey respondents were compared with those who had no recent, current or […]

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