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Present Tense or Present Tension – A Mindful Leadership Lesson from a 5 year old

April 9th, 2012

  You won’t regret taking a few minutes to view this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7rxbeOTQ30 Five year old Savannah demonstrates the kind of behavior that exemplifies mindfulness under pressure. According to Professor of Psychology Michael Frese’s research, managers who get ahead at work engage in a high degree of “active behavior” (what we refer to as mindfulness). […]

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Mind Your Business

April 8th, 2012

Leading in Tough Times While economists cite the start of a turnaround, organizations are still struggling with the impact of the recent economic and growth slow-down. Leadership challenges include: Delivery—the need to produce high quality, on time, with limited resources. Keeping people engaged despite slumping morale and/or exhaustion driven by heroic efforts and long hours. […]

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Mindful Musings

April 7th, 2012

Memorable words spoken by others, quotations, often lift our mood or validate a belief. They can do more. They can also guide us in solving complex problems or in making significant life changes.  Engage with the quote that follows: 1. Sit quietly and reflect on the words.Listen deeply to the quote. 2. What can you […]

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What’s New

April 6th, 2012

We are pleased to welcome the following new clients into the Take Charge family:  Agora Inc: a holding company for various publishers of financial, health, travel and special interest books and newsletters The Department of Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of Currency Follett, Inc.: an industry-leader in the design and manufacture of high quality, innovative ice […]

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Favorite Reads April 2012

April 5th, 2012

The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice and Product Reviews to Keep Your Brain Strong by Alvaro Fernandez and Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, SharpBrains, Incorporated; 1 edition (April 30, 2009) If you are a healthy adult with a brain who also happens to be in a manager, this book provides an […]

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Quarterly Quotes

April 4th, 2012

Conditioned awareness is where we live our lives in guilt over the past and anxiety over the future and never get to experience the present -Russell Targ Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain […]

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Mindful Leading: THE Leadership Source for Executives

January 27th, 2012

In the January issue of Mindful Leading, Consultant, Mary Ellen Powell, offers tips for ensuring an organizations best resources – its people – are sustainable. Dr. Hawkins discusses the mindful state of organizations, based on recent research. Helpful business tips can be found in the Mind Your Business section, and make sure to check out what has been happening in and around Take Charge in the What’s New section.

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How Sustainable are Your Best Resources — Your People?

January 12th, 2012

Just as we worry about and take steps to care for the planet’s depleting energy sources, organizations don’t want their primary energy sources – their employees – to run dry either. Yet each day in this complex business world proves to be a little more challenging than the day before. Employees at every level are […]

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State of the Organization: How Mindful are We in 2012?

January 12th, 2012

This article is the first of series of annual reports that look at the state of mindful leadership practices Recent research by Take Charge has found that of the four broad capacities that drive mindful organizational and leadership practices, the capacity most in need of attention is “attention to results.” Over 60% of respondents to […]

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Mind Your Business

January 12th, 2012

We All Need Feedback …or, We can all use a Coach Cal Ripken, Jr. is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of the last generation and one of the best infielders to ever play the game. After a 21-year baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles he is best known to the casual […]

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Mindful Musings

January 12th, 2012

Memorable words spoken by others, quotations, often lift our mood or validate a belief. They can do more. They can also guide us in solving complex problems or in making significant life changes. This column is the first in a series that will offer quotes about mindfulness. Since mindfulness is the capacity to absorb the […]

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What’s New January 2012

January 12th, 2012

President, Dr. Ria Hawkins, has been selected to be a featured presenter at the 64th Annual SHRM Conference. She will be in good company, as keynote speakers include award winning journalist, Tom Brokaw, former secretary of state Dr. Condoleezza Rice, and actor and comedian Jerry Seinfield.  Ria will deliver a Mindful Leadership presentation with W.L. Gore and Associates. […]

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Favorite Reads January 2012

January 12th, 2012

Negotiating with Giants – Get what you want against the odds  Peter D Johnson Baker & Taylor; 1st edition (April 2, 2008) Negotiating with Giants is a handbook for the little guy or gal who has the drive to stand up and negotiate against the big guys. When you are small yet successful at negotiating, […]

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Quarterly Quotes

January 12th, 2012

“For many years, at great cost, I traveled through many countries, saw the high mountains, the oceans. The only things I did not see were the sparkling dewdrops in the grass just outside my door. ”  – Rabindranath Tagore “Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson “When we are in the midst […]

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Mindful Leading: THE Leadership Source for Executives

September 15th, 2011

In the September issue of Mindful Leading President, Ria Hawkins, writes about the changing view of change. Senior consultant, Philip Friedrich, discusses the different perks companies are handing out in today’s economy, helpful business tips can be found in the Mind Your Business section, and make sure to check out what has been happening in and around Take Charge in the What’s New section.

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The Changing View of Change and the Mindful Leadership Qualities that Help Make it Happen

September 14th, 2011

Change, until recently, was grounded in a rational mindset that assumed a linear, planned progression toward a desired end state in which movement is generated by simply disrupting the system. The premise being that good data and good strategy would yield good and predictable results. Want to read more on Dr. Hawkins’ take on change? Read the full article.

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What’s New September 2011

September 12th, 2011

Over the past quarter, Take Charge has been hard at work traveling all over the country certifying clients, coaching, and providing premiere leadership development services. We have also started designing some new service offerings that we are excited about. Please check back for future updates and announcements. Want a good laugh, and information you can […]

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Favorite Reads September 2011

September 12th, 2011

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Al Switzler, RonMcMillan, Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield Hachette Book Group, 2011 If you’re looking to affect a personal change and can’t imagine why it’s such a struggle, this book is for you. If you wonder where your will power went or why despite […]

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