The Mindful Leadership Blog

Just In! Your stories shape your culture

September 19th, 2019

What’s hot?  The concept of culture is hot. At its simplest, culture is a description of the behaviors, norms, beliefs and symbols that characterize a group of people. Organizational culture communicates what’s important and how to behave and respond. So what?   Culture shapes people’s beliefs about the future, responses to change, and proclivity toward things […]

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Just In! Don’t be a Victim of the Great Training Heist

September 11th, 2019

                        What’s hot?       Developing the next generation of leaders is the third highest internal concern for CEOs and other C-suite executives* So what?             About two million people are promoted into leadership positions each year and 60% percent of them fail in some way. That’s […]

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Just In! Leaving so Soon? 4 Ways to Retain Tech Professionals

September 5th, 2019

                    What’s hot?      The tech sector has the highest turnover rate at 13.2% out of every single business sector.* Even the most prestigious technology firms struggle to retain technology talent.  According to Payscale’s recent employee turnover report, the median tenure at Amazon is just one year. Google is […]

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Just In! Are you curious enough?

August 29th, 2019

What’s hot? Your capacity to be curious is as crucial to your success as a leader as trust and integrity according to recent research by MIT Sloan*.                   So what?   Curiosity may have killed the cat.  However, without it, your business is dead! Our rapidly changing, technology-enabled, […]

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Just In! Can You Prepare for a Corporate Catastrophe?

August 15th, 2019

  What’s hot? CEOs rank a recession as their #1 external concern for 2019 (reported in the C-Suite Challenge 2019, a Conference Board survey of over 800 CEOs and over 600 other C-Suite executives).             So what? There’s nothing that will absolutely bullet proof your business in the event of […]

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Just In! A good day or a bad day? Depends upon the supervisor

August 8th, 2019

What’s hot? A recent study by Woohoo found that two out of three people experience a bad day at work at least once a week.  That’s a day so bad that you go home thinking I don’t want to have any more days like that!         So what? An amazing 75% of […]

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Just In! The “Sink or Swim” approach drowns new managers

July 25th, 2019

          What’s hot? Eighty-seven percent of new managers feel frustrated, anxious and uncertain about their role.   It is no wonder that only 33% of leaders rate the quality of their frontline leadership as high! So what? Just a few of the costs of struggling front-line managers are increased use of sick […]

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Just In! 60% of new managers fail in the first two years

July 11th, 2019

What’s hot? Imagine a 60% failure rate. Three days out of five your transportation into work would not be operable.  O.l. .6 .e..e.s .. a .8 ..t.e. .e.t ..u.d ..p.a  (Only 16 letters of a 39 letter text would appear). Only 4 in 10 of your employees would be able to do their jobs.  Unacceptable!  […]

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Just In! Put the Annual Review Process out of its Misery

June 6th, 2019

What’s hot? Accenture, Adobe, GE, and IBM are only a few organizations that have abandoned the annual performance review. So what? The reasons sighted by most firms for ditching their annual performance appraisal process: Systems are tedious, time consuming, disliked by employees and managers alike and don’t improve performance.  One report claims “the annual performance […]

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Just In! Ban Feedback if You Want People to Excel

May 23rd, 2019

What’s hot? The term “feedback” has gotten a bad rap.  It can cause managers and employees to break out in hives.  Most say that they would opt instead for a sharp stick in the eye if given the option.  That’s because hearing about what’s wrong/what didn’t work/how you screwed up sparks the old fight or […]

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Just In! Annual Reviews Cost Big Bucks and Kill Motivation

May 9th, 2019

What’s hot? The Corporate Executive Board reports that the average manager spends 210 hours and the average employee spends 40 hours annually on performance management activities.  Multiply those numbers by the average hourly pay of each and then multiply it by the number of employees in each category to get an idea of what your […]

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Just In! The Magic of Workship

April 25th, 2019

What’s hot? Workship! The capacity to tend to the task at hand with intense care, service and devotion (even love!).  The ability to bring one’s whole being to the task at hand—heart and head—all of your intellectual, emotional, physical, and psychological capacities—in an act of service.             So what? A […]

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Just In! The future belongs to the smart, agile and engaged (Part Three)

March 28th, 2019

What’s hot? You don’t need to be well read to know that we are in the midst of a significant organizational shift driven by technology that includes everything from big data to artificial intelligence.  The employee, leader and organization of tomorrow needs to be smart, agile and passionately engaged or connected.  Complex theories about what […]

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Just In! The Future Belongs To The Smart, Agile And Engaged (Part Two)

March 14th, 2019

What’s hot? You don’t need to be well-read to know that we are in the midst of a significant organizational shift driven by technology that includes everything from big data to artificial intelligence.  The employee, leader and organization of tomorrow needs to be smart, agile and passionately engaged or connected.  Complex theories about what that […]

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Just In! The Future Belongs To The Smart, Agile And Engaged (Part One)

February 28th, 2019

What’s hot? You don’t need to be well read to know that we are in the midst of a significant organizational shift driven by technology that includes everything from big data to artificial intelligence.  The employee, leader and organization of tomorrow needs to be smart, agile and passionately engaged or connected.  Complex theories about what […]

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Just In! Help employees at all levels boost their leadership effectiveness

February 14th, 2019

What’s hot? A recent study identifies the ten leadership competences that lead to success.             So what? Although there is still no one single answer to the question “what makes a great leader?” there are some things successful leaders have in common.  According to a study of 300,000 business leaders […]

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Just In! Are Leaders Born Or Made?

January 31st, 2019

            What’s hot? Studies indicate that leadership tends to be only 30% genetic.*  Leadership can be learned. So what? Before you invest time and money in leadership development courses, it is crucial to recognize that although leadership can be learned, not everyone can learn to be a leader.  A recent […]

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Just In! Build Leadership Skills at Every Level to Build a Better Business

January 17th, 2019

What’s hot? Leadership must be developed and practiced by employees at all levels of an organization in order to create meaningful work and organizational results*.         So what? When you provide opportunities for people to develop leadership skills and exercise leadership you get the most from managers and employees alike, achieve strategic […]

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