The Mindful Leadership Blog

Just In! The A-Hole Antibody

April 5th, 2018

What’s Hot? Aaron James, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine, offers advice on how to mitigate A-HOLE’S toll on morale and productivity in his book “Assholes: A theory” published by Nicholas Brealey. So What? A-holes, as described by James, are people who “ interrupt too often, belittle colleagues, bark orders when a […]

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Just In! A Leadership Lesson from America’s Youth

March 29th, 2018

What’s Hot? Millions joined in national and world-wide rallies against gun violence on March 24, 2018.               So What? High school students organized, led, and staged a profound demonstration of what it takes to be leader. What to do? Follow their example: Stand up for right! Commit to leaving […]

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Just In! High Performing Leaders Leverage Their Anger

March 22nd, 2018

What’s hot? Research conducted by Henry Evans and Colm Foster, emotional intelligence experts and authors of Step Up: Lead in Six Moments That Matter reveals that the best leaders do not repress their emotions.  Instead, they put them to work in positive ways.         So what?   Managers who fly into a rage always land badly.   Yet, […]

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Just In! Avoid the 5 Fatal Flaws of New Managers

March 15th, 2018

What’s hot? In her studies of first-time managers, Linda Hill, Harvard Business School Professor reports five common mistakes.               So what? Falling victim to myths and misperceptions about what leadership is all about can greatly limit your successful transition to a management role.   What to do? Refuse to […]

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Just in! Moving beyond the day-to-day struggle

March 8th, 2018

What’s Hot? I know too many people who are struggling right now—working harder with increased responsibilities in organizations that are doing more and more with fewer and fewer resources. When that happens, people tend to go to super human lengths to recreate what once was.  They go head down, nostrils flaring, uber-determined with stress hormones […]

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Just In! A Proven Way to Retain that Great New Hire!

March 1st, 2018

What’s Hot? A new study* reveals that one way to retain new employees is to charge them with simple, direct, meaningful work. So What? According to the study, the onboarding experience is a trying one for most organizational newcomers. New employees are torn between meeting task-related demands and socially integrating into the workplace. What To […]

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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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