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…

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…

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…

The term “mindfulness” is used in two different, but related, ways. The first is with respect to my intention around how I act or respond. For example, I want to be more “mindful” about my diet and eat less processed food and more vegetables. Or I intend to be more “mindful” in my interactions with…

I am a long-time mindfulness practitioner, and, as an executive coach, I also view mindfulness as being at the heart of leadership development. So one of my favorite topics to speak and write about is how mindfulness affects us and can in turn influence our leadership effectiveness. It also means that I make a point…

I attended the Mindful Leadership Summit last month, and I appreciated the different perspectives on why and how practicing mindfulness helps leaders in the workplace. Janice Marturano, one of the speakers and founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, said that she tells leaders that they cannot lead today without (1) cultivating more capabilities of…

In my previous posts on mindfulness, I mentioned how mindfulness consists of two components, awareness and acceptance.  “Awareness” is usually easier for us to understand since we often use “mindfulness” as a synonym for “awareness.” However, “acceptance” can be a harder concept to grasp. For that reason, I’m revisiting the topic to illustrate how it…

In my last post, I talked about the most common comment I get on mindfulness.  In this post, I’m going to tell you the most common question I get about mindfulness:  “I’ve been practicing mindfulness – how can I tell if I am actually more mindful?” The first thing I do is ask about your…

Since I speak and write about mindfulness and leadership development, I often get feedback about the topic.  There is one comment and there is one question that I get far more than any others.  So I’m going to share these with you (and my responses) in my next two posts.  The first is the most…

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