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...

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,...

The Sexiness of Listening

  “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 of much of the time. Whether it’s because there’s a game on, we’re replying to a text from a buddy,...

Growing Patience

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...

Dirty Work

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...

Not Just a New York State of Mind

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...