The Mindful Leadership Blog

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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Just In! Change at work costs more than you think!

June 8th, 2017

  What’s hot?    Almost one-third of US workers are cynical about organizational changes and management’s motives.*   So what?   Employees who have been affected by change at work are more likely to report chronic work stress, less likely to trust their employer and more likely to say they plan to leave the organization […]

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Just In! Message to Millennials: Manage Magnificently

June 1st, 2017

  What’s hot?   Matt Norquist, a millennial who is president and CEO of Linkage, a global leadership development company, revealed important takeaways for young leaders in a recent Fortune on-line article.   So what?   It is easy to find guidance on how to manage millennials, but there’s a dearth of help on how […]

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Just In! Is Your Zipper Down?

May 25th, 2017

  What’s hot? Kelly Flanagan, a clinical psychologist and author, just posted a blog about making an important video – perfectly – only to discover afterward that his zipper was down. So what? Flanagan goes on to say, “In the well-produced video we call life, for the most part we look like our zipper is […]

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Just In! Eat and Run to Raise Your Emotional Intelligence

May 18th, 2017

    What’s hot?   Research out of the University of Florida reveals a strong correlation between diet, exercise and leadership effectiveness.  Directors with healthier lifestyles (those who ate more vegetables and fruit and exercised more than their counterparts) received higher emotional intelligence ratings on 360 assessments.   So what?   Emotional intelligence is widely […]

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Just In! Build Bridges Instead of Your Case

May 11th, 2017

  What’s hot? A new Heineken commercial.  Well worth 4:25 min of your time! So what? This video is an extraordinary lesson for leaders:  Build bridges rather than walls to engage and inspire. What to do? Express curiosity rather than disagreement when you hear a view that differs from your own. Dignify the other […]

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Just in! Mindful meditation to reduce anxiety

May 9th, 2017

  What’s hot? Mindful meditation results in better focus when you are anxious.* So What? Nearly half your stream of consciousness is spent in mind wandering!  When anxious, repetitive off-task thoughts can negatively impact your ability to focus, learn, complete tasks or even to function effectively as a leader. What to do… Reconnect with the […]

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Avoid becoming Road Kill on the Information Highway Part 5 (a mindful leadership blog)

November 2nd, 2016

Part 5: Tap into the power of difficult conversations Creating connection is one of a leader’s most important jobs from a neuroscience perspective. Once people feel safe – a sensation that is registered in the reptilian brain – they also feel cared for.  This activates their brains to unleash the full potential of the higher-functioning […]

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Avoid becoming Road Kill on the Information Highway: Five Ways to Connect, Part 4 (a mindful leadership blog)

October 26th, 2016

Three HUGE Difficulties and Dangers of E-Mail as a Communication Tool I don’t denounce e-mail and texting as powerful communication tools.  My primary concern is that both are like a firehouse that we have to drink from. Since e-mail and text messages are so ubiquitous, leaders need to be aware of three major perils: E-mail […]

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