The Mindful Leadership Blog

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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Just In! The F Word That Improves Productivity

October 19th, 2017

    What’s hot?   A new study* indicates that Forgiveness is one of the most important leadership traits – a capability that improves well-being and productivity on the job. So what?   Conflict at work is common – you get wronged by a colleague, get called out for something that was not your responsibility, […]

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Just In! Start “Braving” to Demonstrate the Most Important Leadership Skills

October 12th, 2017

  What’s hot?   A study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations* revealed “High ethical and moral standards” and “Communicates clear expectations” as items #1 and #3 on a list of most important leadership traits. So what?   These two characteristics are all about creating a safe and trusting environment. High […]

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Just In! Improve Productivity with Great Advice from Those Who Have Been There, Done That

October 7th, 2017

What’s hot? A panel of successful business entrepreneurs offer suggestions on how to boost productivity. * So what? Leaders at every level want to achieve more with less. And, although productivity challenges can be complex, a panel of British entrepreneurs offer suggestions that can be adopted by leaders at every organizational level. What to do? […]

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Just In! Sell Yourself as a Manager When You’ve Never Been One

September 28th, 2017

What’s hot?   According to a Harvard Business Review online article*, there are ways to get that management position even though you lack managerial experience. So what?   It takes more than being alert to openings and communicating your interest to land your first management job. You must adopt the belief that you don’t get […]

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Just In! A-hole Leaders Can Kill More Than Motivation

September 21st, 2017

  What’s hot? A study of 6,000 civil servants revealed that when their bosses criticized them unfairly, didn’t listen to their problems and rarely praised them the consequences were more than you might think. Those at the mercy of the a-hold boss suffered more angina, heart attacks and deaths from heart disease!* So what? Incivility […]

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