We know that today’s technology has connected us to our jobs in ways that can feel like we’re 24/7 employees. As leaders of teams or organizations, it’s even more acute. Research tells us that the average American office worker can’t work more than an average of three minutes without being interrupted. We are also in […]

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What is Mindful Leadership?

by Erik on February 19, 2014

Before getting to what mindful leadership is, let’s start with the definition of mindfulness. After all, discussions of mindfulness are seemingly everywhere: in business magazines, psychology journals and even in mainstream media. To clear up any misconceptions, let’s first discuss what mindfulness is not: It’s not about religion, incense, pillows or candles; It’s not about […]

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The Sexiness of Listening

February 14, 2014

“You don’t listen to me!” We seemingly get accused of it all the time, don’t we guys? If we’re honest with ourselves, it’s an accusation we are probably guilty much of the time. Whether it’s because there’s a game on, we’re replying to a text from a buddy, we’re exhausted or simply not interested, we […]

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Growing Patience

February 20, 2013

As a leader, one of the hardest skills to maintain in today’s “do more with less” economy is demonstrating patience.  We face challenges everywhere we turn: Inadequate budgeting for critical business needs; Overwhelming workloads for the time allocated; Working with inadequately trained colleagues upon whom we depend to be successful. If our patience was only […]

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Dirty Work

October 27, 2012

I am an unabashed and unapologetic fan of the Rolling Stones.  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of being The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band, it was seemingly predestined that I compose a post that extracts lessons of mindful leadership from the titles of some of the Glimmer Twins best collaborations (OK – so this […]

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Not Just a New York State of Mind

August 24, 2012

As I watched the coverage of the shooting around the Empire State Building, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the frightening Gallup poll results that were documented in the first chapter of Mindful Stress Solutions for Today’s Leaders: Fourteen percent of workers feel like striking a coworker; A quarter feel like screaming or shouting because of job […]

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Mindful Responses to Resentful Employees

August 5, 2012

The highest performing businesses have a leaders who are proficient at having difficult conversations within their organizations.  In fact, we know that when they use mindful leadership techniques, there is a correlation with improved productivity. Techniques Used in Developing Mindful Responses to Resentful Employees Utilizing Active Listening Skills Active listening is comprised primarily of eliminating all […]

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Painful Leadership Lessons

June 19, 2012

Because of a disease called Avascular Necrosis, I had both of my hips replaced when I was in my early forties.  When replacing my left hip, a specific type of prosthesis was used to help stabilize me so that I could supposedly rehab more easily.  Included in the many risks of this type of surgery, the use […]

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Managing Boss-Related Stressors

June 4, 2012

Most leadership development articles focus on our relationship between ourselves and those who report to us. Much less attention is focused on how to manage stressors that affect the dynamic with our boss. One of the greatest challenges of managing the stressors with our boss is understanding that s/he often holds the key to our […]

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Leadership Equanimity Through Self-Awareness

May 17, 2012

Because our world requires such complex interaction and our brains are not naturally equipped to respond effectively to all that stimuli, we must teach ourselves how to manage the stressors we face in an emotionally intelligent way so that we can be better leaders. By practicing how we respond to our emotions, we become the […]

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