The Mindful Leadership Blog

Just In! Millennials Will Make or Break You

February 22nd, 2018

What’s hot? By 2020 half the workforce will be millennials.  Organizations that alienate them will suffer severe staffing shortages.  Those that attract and adapt to them will reap the benefits of a smart, technologically savvy workforce.           So what? Millennials come to the workforce, like every new generation, with their own […]

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Just In! Boss Phubbers are Productivity Robbers

February 15th, 2018

What’s hot? A Baylor University study reveals that supervisors who cannot tear themselves away from their smartphones while meeting with employees (called boss phone snubbers or “phubbers”) lose employees’ trust and, ultimately, their engagement*.             So what? The study found: 76 percent of those studied showed a lack of trust […]

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Just In! A Profound Leadership Secret: Cause No Indignity

February 8th, 2018

What’s hot? Leadership wisdom resides in places you least expect.  Unlike our typical Just In – which is a thumbnail summary of research on the topic of leadership – this one offers wisdom from a guru in the book, “The Rowan Tree,” a novel by Robert W. Fuller.  The guru’s sage words were too profound […]

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Just In! Seven Proven Ways to Lead from the Middle

February 1st, 2018

What’s hot? Sam Walker, Deputy Editor, WSJ, studied 16 all-time sports teams to discover the common qualities of elite team leaders.  In his book, “The Captain Class,” Walker reveals the seven traits of elite team captains. So what? One of Walker’s interesting findings is that even though a lot of teams assign the role of […]

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Just In! Women Rock – So Shatter the Glass Ceiling!

January 25th, 2018

What’s hot? Fortune 1000 companies headed by woman outperformed the S&P 500 by 226% between 2002 and 2004 according to research by Quantopian.             So what? As of earlier this year, only 20 women were at the helm of S&P 500 companies. Granted, there is a lot that corporations can […]

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Just In! Start the New Year with a “Beginner’s Mind” for Leadership Success

January 18th, 2018

What’s Hot? When you adopt a “beginner’s mind” – and approach problems as if you don’t know the answer – you are able to come up with more creative solutions that actually work for you, according to Rachel Fintzy, MA, LMFT.  Rachel is a clinical researcher at UCLA who works with people to uncover and […]

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Just In! Teams that Laugh Last!

January 11th, 2018

What’s hot? The results of a recent study* reveal that social laughter may be an important pathway that supports formation, reinforcement and maintenance of social bonds.  The pleasurable and calming effects of the resulting endorphin release that follows laughter may signal safety and promote feelings of togetherness.   So what? Social laughter may promote the […]

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Just In! Staff level employees feel more out of the loop than ever!

January 4th, 2018

What’s hot? Addison Group recently released the results of its fourth annual Workplace Survey. This year’s survey focused on the lack of alignment between leadership and staff level employees.  One of the most distressing findings related to aspiring leaders: Staff level employees are 36 percent less confident than senior leaders that they are adequately trained […]

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Just In! Give Voice to Disagreement

December 28th, 2017

  What’s hot? New findings reveal that people attribute more human qualities to those who orally express their disagreement rather than noting it in writing.   So what? As a leader, you are expected to take a stand even when others are willing to forgo conflict and “go along to get along.”  It is often […]

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Just In! Happy Holidays

December 21st, 2017

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Just In! Ticked at Your Boss? Look Inside

December 14th, 2017

  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 your own leadership.  Catrinescu says it as “like taking poison and […]

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Just In! A Wake-up Call for Bosses! (draft 12.07.17)

December 7th, 2017

  What’s hot?   35% of employees would give up a raise to see their leaders fired* A mere 13% of the global workforce says they are engaged!* 24% of the global workforce report being actively disengaged* and Gallup Engagement scores have dropped over the past 15 years and things don’t seem to be getting […]

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Just In! Leader: Motivate Yourself!

November 30th, 2017

  What’s hot?   Most managers know how to create a motivational environment for others.  Psychologist Nathan Feiles, MSW, LCSW-R, published a recent Psych Central article with ways to move yourself to action when the umph just isn’t there. So what?   Every job has some responsibilities that are not appealing.  They can be boring […]

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Just In! Happy Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving What Are You Thankful For?

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Just In! Get a Productivity High From Nature

November 16th, 2017

What’s hot?   A recent finding from the University of British Columbia, affirms that one of the secrets of leadership is hiding in plain sight and it is abundant, quick, free, and relatively untapped! UBC Okanagan researcher Holli-Anne Passmore examined the connection between taking a moment to look at something from the natural environment and […]

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Just In! Managers Worse than Teens when Creating Options!

November 9th, 2017

What’s hot?   71% of managerial decisions are made based on two choices: should I do this or should I not? This percentage is just a little worse than a teen’s.   So what?   Decisions made from binary choices have a failure rate of 50%! However, if you were able to add just one […]

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Just In! Boost Productivity with a Little Help from Your Friends

November 2nd, 2017

    What’s hot?   A recent Ohio State meta-analysis* revealed that teams composed of friends performed better on tasks than groups of acquaintances or strangers. So what?   According to Seunghoo Chung, a co-author of the study: • Friends can coordinate tasks more effectively. • Friends know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and can […]

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Just In! Millennials Moving Up!

October 26th, 2017

    What’s hot?   Millennial leaders are popping up everywhere. Sebastian Kurz, was just elected as the youngest leader of the nation state, Austria. And, millennials such as Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder; Jessica Alba, actress turned entrepreneur and head of The Honest Company (valued at over $1 billion); Matthew Mullenweg, creator of WordPress; Brian […]

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