Listen Up! Mindfully

  “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Leadership Skills for Managers   After spending 17 years in long-term care leadership roles, I learned not to ask an elderly nursing home...

Work/Life Balance Is Not a Thing

    “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss   According to the Center for Creative Leadership, business leaders with smartphones work 72 hours per week. That...

How Mindful Action Trumps Empty Self-Confidence

  So…how’s it going? Life just clicking along as you imagined? Working hard and overcoming obstacles? Boss and customers loving you? Feeling good about yourself and your value to others? Awesome! I’m going to give you the gift of time. This post isn’t for you so...

The “Space Between Model” for Coping With Stress

  One of the tools I often use in Mindful Solutions‘ training resources is the “Space Between Model“. It demonstrates how the stressors we face at work are processed by our minds. We barely notice how an irate work colleague can trigger angry...

The Gift of Mindful Feedback

  “Would You Rather” is a popular online game these days. Let’s try a quick round: Would you rather go through your annual performance evaluation process or listen to Roseanne Barr sing the national anthem for two consecutive hours? You probably...

Deflecting the Spotlight: Introvert Leadership

“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” – Susan Cain One-third to one-half of the population are introverts yet we create work cultures that unknowingly shut them out of our processes. If you’re surprised by the number of introverts, it’s...

Get In My Shoes

  “Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” – Daniel Pink What is Empathy?...

Time Really IS On Your Side (Yes, it is)

“I don’t have enough time!” We’ve all said it. Intellectually, we know we have the same 24 hours every day but, when we’re swamped, we yearn for just a little more. “Time Management” is really an oxymoron since time is static and there’s no way to manage it. What we...

Leading Through Conflict

“Let no one think that flexibility and a predisposition to compromise is a sign of weakness or a sellout.” –Paul Kagame As we seek solutions to business challenges in a post-recession environment, being able to successfully resolve conflict is an essential skill for...

Music as a Meditative Device

I watch the ripples change their size But never leave the stream Of warm impermanence – David Bowie (“Changes”)   I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who doesn’t like some kind of music. Can’t say that about too many things, right? Believe it or not, there are...