The Mindful Leadership Blog

Just In! Leader Heal Thyself and Others

January 6th, 2021

              What’s hot?      Excellent advice from a world-renowned leadership guru… In the course of the day, week, year, figure out how to take a pause that refreshes…Work consciously at destressing. The idea is be absolutely, positively ‘strategic’; in no way is it merely a nice thing to do.                                    […]

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Just in! Move from ugh to awe

December 17th, 2020

                              What’s Hot? ‘Tis the season when we typically look to the past with fondness, the present with awe, and the future with great expectations. So what? This holiday season is unlike any other – capping off a year unlike any […]

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Just In! Your Superpower is your Vulnerability

December 9th, 2020

                          What’s hot?       The need for empathic leaders:  Learn how to tap into a little used skill. So what?   Many leaders convey empathy through generous listening and understanding. An aspect of empathy that is often disregarded is acknowledging the personal hardship that you […]

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Just In! Avoid another RIF

December 2nd, 2020

What’s hot? Many small and medium-sized businesses have instituted one (and in many cases two or three) reductions in force in order to remain viable during the current economic crisis. The ensuing rise in employee workload and drop in morale can lead to the demise of the business. So what?   Approximately 60% of businesses that closed during […]

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Just In! Find the superhero within

November 25th, 2020

What’s hot?                         So what?           John Younger, a Forbes contributor, highlighted six companies that are revolutionizing the freelance industry*.  Each business has catapulted their performance and growth based on a core strategic capability or superpower.  Here’s what you’ll find among their attributes:  vision (Weploy), […]

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Just In! How to Inspire When Times are Dire

November 18th, 2020

What’s hot?       Inspiring is a slow process, not a great speech. Engaging others is anything but a one-shot deal. BUY-IN TAKES TIME. LOTS (AND LOTS) OF.” — Tom Peters So what?           Inspiration is a challenge for today’s leader.  Remote teams – with competing family/work responsibilities, concerns about job security, a massive spike in COVID cases, […]

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Just In! EI – a Rx for Leaders During the Pandemic

November 11th, 2020

What’s hot? Emotional intelligence helps both leaders and followers during the COVID-19 Pandemic.                         So what? When leaders effectively manage their own emotions and those of others, they can think more clearly, develop more creative and effective solutions, and motivate others to become more […]

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Just In! Conflict Resolution Skills Save Sanity and Money

November 4th, 2020

What’s hot? Remote work has caused an increase in e-mails, text, digital and messaging platforms such as Slack, Google Hangouts, Workzone and countless others aimed at resolving the natural conflict that arises in the workplace.                   So what?                 Impolite or rude emails impact employee productivity and […]

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Just In! Are you on Your way to Obsolescence? (hint: we all are)

October 28th, 2020

                        What’s hot?      Experiencing any of the following:  Fruitless pursuit of strategies that are yielding the minimal returns of yester year, market shifts or fads that have you spinning or sinking, or fundamental operating assumptions that just are pulling the same return as times […]

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Just In! Remote Work = Frayed Social Connections

October 21st, 2020

What’s hot? Communication and collaboration can increase productivity by 25-35%, yet 41% of workers don’t feel connected when working remotely*. So what?   The pivot to remote work has challenged leaders to find ways – beyond zoom happy hours – to avoid employee isolation and to maintain a positive corporate culture.           […]

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Just In! Fight the Fear Factor

October 14th, 2020

What’s hot? Business leaders say maintaining morale when employees are feeling fearful and insecure is a top leadership challenge.                                 So what?       Uncertainty about the pandemic recovery has raised employees’ fear factor.  Leaders struggle with motivating a diverse workforce faced […]

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Just In! Can Middle Managers Survive?

October 7th, 2020

                        What’s hot?    I got the feeling that something ain’t right, I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair… “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealer’s Wheel The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated cost cutting and downsizing that began years ago causing […]

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Just In! Lead Through Crisis with These Three Attributes

September 30th, 2020

                                        What’s hot?       Empathy, transparency, and assurance of recovery are the keys to strong crisis leadership. So what?           One out of three won’t do it, nor will two out of three.  Employees need all three. What […]

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Just In! Executive action taking processes may be putting your organization in grave danger

September 23rd, 2020

What’s hot? Recent research conducted by Take Charge reveals substantive change is at risk because executive processes for decision making, risk taking, and action are stodgy, heavy with detail, and slow moving.                     So what?             As an exec, whether you agree with that statement is NOT […]

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Just In! An emotional intelligence lesson on equity

September 17th, 2020

What’s hot? The need to become aware of inequities and unconscious bias. So what?           I was talking with Alex, a high school teacher, who shared a significant personal “aha.”  She had a student in her class that looked very much like another student from a few years ago who was a real handful.  Alex realized […]

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Just In! Facilitate Organizational Health – NOW!

September 9th, 2020

                            What’s hot?       Just as medical clinics have instituted online appointments to ensure patient health, organizational leaders need to implement practices designed to keep the company healthy. So what?           Many employees report that they are more productive working remotely.  However, lack of […]

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Just In! A sign of the times

September 2nd, 2020

                      What’s hot? Wawa’s flagship store in Philadelphia is shutting its doors. So what?           That Wawa was once touted as an upscale mega store that combined murals, a living plant wall, large screen TVs, free wi-fi, and an upscale menu in addition to its signature […]

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Just In! Three strategies for helping managers manage employee stress

August 26th, 2020

                What’s hot? The APA* recently sent out a stress update.  Covid-19 continues to take its toll on mental health. People are more frustrated (up to 40% from 31% a month ago) More scared (up to 24% vs 16% a month ago) And downright angry (up to 31%, […]

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