The Mindful Leadership Blog

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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Avoid Becoming Road Kill on the Information Highway: Five Ways to Connect, Part 3 (a mindful leadership blog)

October 19th, 2016

Get Up Close and Personal Early in my career, one of my sage managers gave me advice that has served me well to this day.  “Don’t let your ego write checks that will bounce.” It is a natural inclination to prove yourself right or strike back when faced with anger, doubt, resistance, or reluctance.  Leaders […]

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Honor People with Honesty (a mindful leadership blog)

October 12th, 2016

Following the path of least resistance is what makes men and rivers crooked.       –Nowlan’s Deduction When you honor people with honesty – you avoid the path of least resistance. One of the most profound ways to connect is to be able communicate a message that is not consistent with what the other thinks, believes or […]

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Choose Communication Over Information (a mindful leadership blog)

October 6th, 2016

The words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ although used interchangeably mean quite different things. Information is dishing out – it is about you, your opinions, your point of view, your knowledge, your circumstances.  Communication is connecting – helping others meet their needs, understanding their concerns, adding value to their world.  That is because as a social species […]

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The 5 Fundamentals of Mindful Dialog (a mindful leadership blog)

September 22nd, 2016

(Part IV of the Mindful Dialog Series) At Take Charge we embrace, promote and teach others to engage in Mindful Dialog based on our beliefs about the human condition.  At the end of the day, we all want to feel acknowledged.  As Abraham Maslow pointed out oh so many eons ago – we all want […]

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WIIFM – the brain benefits of mindful dialog (a mindful leadership blog)

September 15th, 2016

(Part III: of the Mindful Dialog Series) When you master Mindful Dialog you not only hack into the brain chemistry of the other, you affect changes in your own brain.  When you achieve the level of mindfulness that results in Mindful dialog, you cause: Increased electrical brain activity – namely increased Alpha and Beta EEG […]

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Hacking into Brain Chemistry for a Better Bottom Line (a mindful leadership blog)

September 7th, 2016

(Part II of the Mindful Dialog Series) Mindful Dialog is a learned behavior.  It is developed the same way we develop the ability to play chess, speak a different language or develop a workflow diagram.  Sustained practice, may not make us perfect, but it does build expertise and enables execution.  When you engage in Mindful […]

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