The Mindful Leadership Blog

Just In! Lead in times of change and change in times of crisis

May 27th, 2020

What’s Hot? We have yet to experience the “new normal.”                          So What? A global crisis destroys the order of things, upends traditional norms, and can demolish well-established systems and practices.  A good thing – because leaders and employees alike are resistant to major […]

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Just In! The breaking point

May 20th, 2020

What’s hot?      People are done. You can see it as they protest in the streets, crowd the bars and become more vocal about the struggle to work from home while balancing a multitude of demands (family, work, social isolation).                           So what?           It’s […]

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Just In! Walk and Talk While in Lockdown

May 13th, 2020

What’s Hot? A University of Bath analysis* highlights the importance of daily exercise even during this period of isolation.                         So What? Keeping up your daily exercise regime even when you are being cautioned to stay indoors boosts your immune system and improves overall […]

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Just In! It is all About the People

May 6th, 2020

What’s Hot? Soft skills will be 10x more important in a virtual/work-at-home world.  Team dynamics, individual growth, team creativity will dominate effectiveness.                   -Tom Peters                             So What? Only 2 in 10 employees strongly agree that they are managed in a way that […]

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Just In! Incivility Reduces the Bottom Line

April 29th, 2020

                  What’s Hot? 69% of American believe we have a major civility problem.*  So What? Incivility in the workplace has tangible costs.  A Harvard Business Review poll reveals employees on the receiving end of incivility react as follows: 78% say that their commitment to the organization declined […]

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JUST IN! We Must Stop Meeting this Way

April 22nd, 2020

What’s Hot? The Coronavirus Pandemic has nearly eliminated face to face meetings. So What? Rejoice! Meetings are the bane of managers. Mid-level managers spend about 35% of their time and higher level managers as much as 50% of their time in meetings.*  $37 billion/yr is wasted on unnecessary meetings.** What to do? Re-invent meetings Increase: Communication about objectives, who […]

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Just In! Help Employees Navigate in Today’s Calamitous Times

April 15th, 2020

What’s Hot? Employees who are fortunate enough to keep their jobs face dramatic changes in the way they work. So What? Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming, can hinder immunity, and cause employees debilitating stress, diminished intellect, energy and vitality.                             What […]

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JUST IN! Can You Inspire Without a Vision?

April 8th, 2020

                              What’s Hot? 85% of employees report their leaders do not make them feel enthusiastic about the future* – a state unlikely to promote high performance. So What? Low enthusiasm equals low performance. Vision is important.  Yet, many leaders hesitate to […]

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JUST IN! Safety: A Danger Zone for Leaders

April 1st, 2020

What’s Hot? “Get on with those big—and potentially lifesaving—failures now. Otherwise, be prepared to accept the bitter consequences of conservatism in a decidedly non-conservative environment.”    — Tom Peters So What? You can teach yourself and your team to take more risks.                         What to […]

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Just In! Watch Your Mouth

March 25th, 2020

                            What’s Hot? Leaders need to be simultaneously decisive and inspirational even though these two aims are often at odds. So What? “Management Today, Championing British Business” reports that leaders – in  their attempts to be both decisive and inspirational – must guard […]

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What the shift?

March 18th, 2020

                What’s hot?      The corona virus – almost too hot and sensitive to mention in a blog or post So what?           As they say in the change arena, shift happens.  And this is big SHIFT!  The kind that radically changes your perspective or world view. What to do?        […]

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JUST IN! Coronavirus Pandemic: A Leadership Lesson in Crisis Management

March 17th, 2020

                          What’s Hot? The Coronavirus pandemic is a leader’s worst nightmare:  preparing followers for catastrophic risk while avoiding panic. So What? No leader wants to face a Coronavirus-like disruption.  However, every leader needs to be prepared to face monumental setbacks and the best […]

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Just In! Top Actions that Guarantee Bottom Line Results

March 11th, 2020

What’s hot? 89% of managers believe people quit for more money.  Not true.  Only 12% leave for more money.* Reality: 79% of employees quit due to lack of recognition.** So what?   Organizations that tap into recognition have an average return on equity more than 3 times higher than those that don’t.** What to do?   […]

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Just In! Now you see me, now you don’t

March 4th, 2020

                What’s hot?      One of the newer HR challenges – ghosting!  It occurs when someone suddenly ends all communication without explanation, e.g. doesn’t return calls after the interview, doesn’t show up for the job, etc.  Some firms are experiencing interview no show rates as high as 80 to […]

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Just In! 2020 Leadership: Do Good to Do Well

February 26th, 2020

What’s hot?  The future of work is here now.*                       So what?             2020 leaders who focus on three emerging trends can achieve optimal success. What to do?    Trend 1:  Artificial Intelligence Actions:  Identify how AI can most significantly benefit your customers.  Educate/prepare employees.  Restructure where […]

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Just In! Innovate or Die!

February 19th, 2020

What’s hot?      Only 12% of the 1955 Fortune 500 companies are still in business.* So what?          84% of execs say success depends on innovation**.  63% have hired Chief Innovation Officers**.  Yet, execs still say that getting employees to think creatively is a challenge.                   What to do?  […]

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Just In! Is This Your Leadership Challenge?

February 12th, 2020

What’s hot? 736 mid and senior level managers from around the world cite Honing Effectiveness: Developing relevant skills such as time-management, prioritization, strategic thinking, decision-making, and getting up to speed with the job to be their #1 challenge.*                       So what?           That is good news!  […]

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Just In! How to create transformational change from the middle

February 5th, 2020

What’s hot?      Robert Quinn et al. latest research* on creating transformation change from the middle.                       So what?           The good news, middle managers, and first-line supervisors can make significant, truly transformational, change when they have the right mindset. What to do?        Here’s what Quinn and […]

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