When I speak and write about mindfulness, the question I get most often is, “If I practice mindfulness, what does that get me?” I usually point to the growing body of research that demonstrates the impact of mindfulness.  I also tell people that when they are mindful, they are more present and aware, and this…

Recently, one of my clients said that he wanted to communicate better with his team. Not the kind of “every day” communication to listen and understand, or to set clear goals and objectives – but to get his team energized by his message.  He said, “It seems like other people know how to find just the…

It’s difficult to avoid the topic of trust these days.  Lately it seems like there are ten different sides to every story, and phrases like “alternative facts” have made it into our vernacular.  It’s hard to know what we can count on and who we can depend on.  But given the influence of leaders in…

“Emotional intelligence” is a popular phrase in leadership development.  There are several well-known models of emotional intelligence, and I wrote a summary of them in a previous blog post.  The models have several attributes in common including self-awareness and self-management.  Even though the phrase “emotional intelligence” is used commonly and easily in leadership and workplace…

I’m excited to announce that, through the Association for Talent Development, I’m launching an online class to explain why and how to develop a more mindful workforce.  The first offering is at the end of March 2017 and again in August 2017. You can find details at the ATD website here. To give you an idea of some…

The New Year is all about resolutions: changes we will bring about, habits we will implement, and promises we will make, to ourselves and others, about how things will be different. But good intentions are not enough. An estimated two-thirds of dieters gain back the weight they lost, new gym memberships are gathering dust by…

I had dinner with a good friend who recently received a life-changing medical diagnosis. Thankfully, it is does not threaten or shorten his life, although 20 years ago it may have. So it is serious enough that he does require ongoing medical care, and he must be diligent about self-care to keep his condition stable….

One of the most important functions of a leader is to make good decisions. But for a lot of us, making good decisions seems harder than ever. The availability of information has exploded through access to the internet at our fingertips. The growing field of Big Data means nearly anything can be analyzed for insights….

I’m working with two clients who have the same goal – to refocus their time and energy into different areas. One of them is a leader who is trying to spend less time in the everyday operations so he can devote more time to vision and strategy. The other wants to carve out time for…

I returned about a month ago from a trip to Iceland, a week-long motorcycle tour with my spouse and two good friends. The motorcycle trip is an annual event, with a new route and different destinations each time, and we have been all over the United States and abroad. When I reflect on our adventures over…

Much of the discussion around leadership emphasizes the relationship between leader and employee. And yes, this is central to motivating and energizing others to follow you in support of common goals. However, it can be easy to overlook the fact that to achieve common goals, leaders also need to get their employees to work together…

One of my coaching clients was promoted earlier this year. In her new position, one of her priorities has been developing her ability to influence. A recent blog post from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) concurs that influence is a leadership capability that individuals often need help developing. So what exactly is influence, and why…

As an executive coach, one of my passions is helping leaders understand the benefits of practicing mindfulness. It’s easy to convince people that mindfulness is worth embracing – the biggest question I get is about how to develop the ability to be more mindful. The short answer is that if you want to be more…

I am working with a client who wants to develop his emotional intelligence (EI). Since EI entails a broad range of attributes, I encouraged him to focus on specific areas. We started with the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0) framework, one of the models of emotional intelligence. From the framework, he decided he wanted to work…

There is a lot of literature out there on the qualities of good leaders and managers. It can be difficult to take these disparate ideas and boil them down to a concise set of capabilities to develop in order to be effective in the workplace. When I am asked to provide such references, my criteria…

Last month I offered suggestions on how to bring mindfulness to your organization. In this post, I focus on the “why” – what do we gain from practicing mindfulness? From my scientist background, I want to see the evidence and data that supports claims. So this post includes a summary of research that supports concrete,…

Mindfulness in the workplace is gaining staying power and credence, backed by a growing body of research and data demonstrating the positive results of practicing mindfulness. Companies such as Intel, PWC, McKinsey, and AstraZeneca, and other organizations like the U.S. Marines, Harvard Business School, New York Knicks, and Seattle Seahawks offer mindfulness programs. Given how…

It’s the time of year when people make commitments to good habits. While many of us are probably thinking about exercising more or eating less, I’d like to see promises to practice good communication in the workplace. No matter your job function, your skill set, or your level in your organization, you must be able…

Last month, I attended the Mindful Leadership Summit outside of Washington, DC. I saw many ideas presented on the concept of the mindful leader, how to be a mindful leader, and what is gained from being a mindful leader. If mindful leadership is getting more attention, we need to settle on common definitions or we…

A few weeks ago, the sisters of the Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering sorority at the University of Virginia invited me to speak after reading a previous blog post I had written, Advice For The Next Generation Of Tech Women. I shared with them a combination of both anecdotal and evidence-based considerations as they looked forward to beginning their professional…

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