Mindful Resolutions (part II)

In part I of this post, I talked about how to better define and achieve our New Year’s resolutions. The suggestions work particularly well with very definable goals whose success can be measured (e.g., going to the gym once a week). I think of resolutions as...

Mindful Resolutions (part I)

Today, more than ever before, we are restless individuals living in a society whose technology provides instantaneous gratification while not allowing our minds to keep pace. As a result, the pressure to improve ourselves amps up exponentially. It’s as if...

Love People, Use Things

A few years ago, I went from the crazy busy life of a business leader, husband and father to, what Warren Zevon called, “splendid isolation” in the span of only a few months. The office job, where I spent 90% of my time interacting with others, presented...

Welcome to the Perfect Work Culture

Welcome to Widgeteam! We are very happy to have you on board with us and look forward to getting to know you better! Although it may sound slightly disingenuous now, we think you’ll find that our interest in you as a person is real and we look forward to making...

How to Bring Accountability to Our Relationships at Work

  Even before the research punctuated it (Oswald et al, 2014), Google knew that happier employees could be more productive without sacrificing quality. Why? Their colleagues take accountability for dysfunctional relationship dynamics in the work environment and,...

5 Key Mindful Leadership Skills That Give HR Its Life Back

The professionals in Human Resources have traditionally served as de facto firefighters for their organizations and now their role as pseudo-psychologists seems to be increasing. In our new economic reality, businesses now have more employees whose engagement has been...

Trigger Warnings in a Mindful Culture

As I get older and drift further into a state of “get off my lawn” consciousness, it’s not lost on me that the polarization of the American psyche has drifted beyond politics into virtually every facet of life. Pick a topic: Should we let our kid...

Simple Ways to Manage Workplace Distractions

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...

What is Mindful Leadership?

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,...