The Mindful Leadership Blog

Just In! Hold Back the Feedback!

April 14th, 2021

                    What’s hot?  In over twenty-five years of experience in business, I’ve seen how detrimental constant feedback can be, how it chips away at our powers of discernment and self-confidence.                                -Carol Sanford, in foreword to “No More Feedback, Cultivate Consciousness at Work” So what?  As a […]

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Just In! Abraham Maslow we need you now!

April 7th, 2021

What’s hot?       According to O.C. Tanner Institute surveys, organizations that had layoffs or furloughs during the worst of the COVID pandemic suffered a significant setback in terms of employee performance. So what?        Those organizations experienced a: 91% decline in employee Net Promoter Score (a measure of employee loyalty) 57% increase in disengagement 42% increase in […]

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Just In! The “soft stuff” has BIG pay off

April 1st, 2021

What’s hot?  Profits don’t come from how much you know but from how much you care. Overwhelming evidence of the profitability to be gained from compassion can be found in the book “Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference” by two doctors, Steven Trzeciak and Anthony Mazzarelli.           […]

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Just In! Are Employees Working from Home or Living at Work?

March 24th, 2021

What’s hot?  Caution! Remote workers tend to put in excessive hours and prolonged screen time.                   So what?  Despite working longer hours, a recent Slack survey reveals that only 12% of remote workers want to go back to working entirely in an office. A whopping 72% want […]

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Just In! Lead with Kindness

March 17th, 2021

What’s hot?    The Academy of Management Journal reports that showing kindness can boost performance by minimizing exhaustion, cynicism and ineffectiveness. So what?        Even before a leader establishes credibility, those who project warmth are more effective than those who lead with toughness*.                             […]

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Just In! What? Shed my strengths?

March 11th, 2021

What’s hot?    Tom Peters, world renowned leadership guru, advises                                                Success begets failure…Circumstances change, and the strengths that led to your first success often become weaknesses.                   So what?        Savvy leaders know that overuse of a strength can become a limitation.   However, Peter’s advice advocates halting reliance […]

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Just In! Select a good fit

March 3rd, 2021

                            What’s hot?       74% of employers admit they have hired the wrong person for a position* So what?   The cost of recruiting, hiring, retention and pay can be as high as $240,000 for a bad hire** What to do?       Recognize that the candidate’s […]

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Just In! Management is not as easy as it used to be

February 24th, 2021

What’s hot?      The job of managing is a whole lot harder in the COVID era.  Four out of ten managers report low confidence in their ability to manage remotely and to keep teams motivated over the long term*.                       So what?           That suggests a lot […]

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Just In! The Joy of Being Wrong

February 17th, 2021

                      What’s hot? A new book, by Adam Grant, Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know  (Viking, 2021) warns of the dangers of getting trapped in a beginner’s bubble of flawed assumptions – where you don’t know what you don’t know. So […]

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Just In! Ticked at Your Boss? Look Inside

February 10th, 2021

What’s hot? Ina Catrinescu, writing for, reports that when you get ticked at your boss, it is because the boss reminds you of the untapped leader within you.                             So what? Blaming your leader deprives you of an opportunity to affirm […]

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Just In! Leadership Lessons from Across the Pond

February 3rd, 2021

                    What’s hot?    U. K. leaders report crisis survival learnings in Management Today (Jan 7, 2021) So what?   Successful leaders change their own behavior AND how they behave with their teams during times of crisis. What to do?  Here is what three British execs learned during […]

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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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