The Mindful Leadership Blog

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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Just In! Get Defensive and Get Manipulated

September 14th, 2017

What’s hot? According to Aaron Karmin, licensed clinical professional counselor, certified clinical hypnotherapist and author of “Anger Management Workbook,” people who get angry and defensive are likely to crash and burn. So what? Karmin reports that anger is an instinctual emotional response to a real or imagined threat. When we feel attacked, our logical thought […]

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Just In! Why You Need an Attitude of Gratitude

September 7th, 2017

What’s hot? People are less likely to feel or express gratitude at work than anyplace else.* So what? Leaders are missing out on the benefits of expressing gratitude at work. Two recent studies**reveal that on-the-job gratitude helps people: • Feel more positive emotions • Relish good experiences • Deal with adversity • Work harder • […]

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Just In! Our Pants Are On Fire!

August 31st, 2017

What’s hot? Harvard Business School experiments reveal that when given the opportunity, most people will lie. Big, fat lies are rare. However, more than 70 percent of the more than 40,000 people who have participated in “the matrix experiment” have cheated – falsely reporting the number of their correct answers. So what? The workplace is […]

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Just In! There’s a Shortage of Accountability!

August 24th, 2017

What’s hot? Less than half (48%) of leaders were viewed as accountable in a recent study by Lee Hecht Harrison. And, only 27% of respondents reported a strong leadership culture in their organization. So what? When there is a lack of accountability, productivity plummets, employee dissatisfaction rises, blaming increases, self-serving behaviors rise and creativity decreases. […]

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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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