The Mindful Leadership Blog

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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Just In! Psychological safety – it’s not the snowflake concept you think

January 29th, 2020

What’s hot? Google’s recent research on high performing teams validates what we know is necessary for effective teamwork:  important and meaningful work, structure and clarity (roles, goals, plans) and dependability (knowing you can count on others). And it brings something new – the concept of psychological safety. Psychological safety is the ability to be candid, […]

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Just In! Wish we could turn back time…but now we’re stressed out

January 22nd, 2020

What’s hot?      Stress and burnout are so hot they are front page news, at the top of organizational agendas, and taxing helping professions. The grunge hit by Twenty-One Pilots epitomizes the plight:  Wish we could turn back time to the good old days…but now we’re stressed out (a song about the stress of responsibility and […]

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Just In! Visionary leadership a double-edged sword

January 15th, 2020

What’s hot?       The need for visionary leadership has long been touted as the secret to change and transition.  But visionary leadership is a double-edged sword.* So what?           When middle managers are aligned with the corporate strategy, visionary leadership is great. The more aligned middle managers share his/her/their vision, the greater the understanding of strategy and […]

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Just In! Be one of the Elite 7% Whose Leadership Development Efforts Pay-Off

January 8th, 2020

            What’s Hot? Leadership Development – a global industry estimated to be worth more than $50 billion—is delivering disappointing results*. So What? According to a Fortune survey, only 7 percent of CEOs believe their companies are building effective global leaders, and just 10 percent said that their leadership-development initiatives have a […]

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Just In! Three Leadership Actions to Make 2020 the Best

December 30th, 2019

              What’s Hot? Managers set goals and know how to track progress.  Yet, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February* So What? The reasons for goal failure vary. However, there are three actions that will result in achievement, and have a huge position impact on your team, your […]

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Just In! A small tip with a big payback for the busiest time of the year

December 23rd, 2019

              What’s hot?      It’s that time of year – along with the timeless need to rachet up your capacity to do It all. So what?           In the scurry to get it done, we demonstrate super human resolve.  Yet we miss the little things that make the holidays so magical. […]

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Just In! You Can Affect Cultural Change with Your Mindset

December 18th, 2019

                What’s hot?  Only 12% of managers and executives believe that their leaders have the mindset necessary to bring about strategic and cultural change.* So what?  Affecting large scale culture change is thought to be above most people’s pay grades.  However, Douglas A. Ready (senior lecturer in organizational […]

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Just In! Access the ‘aha’ moment

December 11th, 2019

          What’s hot? Deepak Chopra (one of the pioneers in integrative medicine and personal transformation) recently wrote about how important it is to access the ‘aha’ moment to make more sound decisions. So what?   Unchecked thinking can lead to these errors of judgment: Hidebound thinking (being stuck in the past) Accepting […]

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