Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Leaders–For Everyone!

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Recently I attended a mindfulness-based stress reduction retreat.  It was open to everyone who had taken the ten-week class (which I took about two years ago) so there were 22 people.  It was a silent retreat from 8am-2pm and I was amazed at how quickly the time went.  The instructor has studied with Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the main authorities …

Why Compassion Is Important

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Krista Tippett was in town last week speaking about “Becoming Wise.”  Since wisdom is one of my favorite words, her work resonates with me.  While I was not able to attend, I have read her book by the same title.  I also subscribe to her newsletter “On Being” which I highly recommend if you are interested in topics such as …

Trying to Understand Power and Influence

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One thought leader I follow is Mark Crowley, author of Lead from the Heart:  Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century.   Similar to me, he interviews authorities and shares what he learns.  So if you like to read about leadership, I would encourage you to follow him.  He is smart, thoughtful, and does his research.  I contacted Mark the current state of …

Leading With Wisdom

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This post is longer than usual, but it will not become my normal practice.  I have tried hard to avoid talking about politics, but I feel now is the time to share some thoughts on leadership related to the campaign so that I can move forward.  I know it has become risky to talk about politics at dinner parties, church, …

Why Gender Equity is Important to Everyone

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A few weeks ago, I had the chance to hear Anne-Marie Slaughter speak in Des Moines at the IWLC Conference.  She is the author of Unfinished Business:  Women Men Work Family which followed her article in the Atlantic “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” (July/August 2012).  This is the most popular article ever published in the magazine. After reading …

We Are All Self-Employed

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  Several years ago, Cliff Hakim wrote a book that shifted my thinking titled We Are All Self-Employed.  He followed it up with a book called Rethinking Work.  Both of these books describe how to navigate the inevitable change that seems to be driving the demand for innovation, flexibility, and creativity.  Basically, Hakim advocates taking charge of your career because …

Change Management: Can People Really Change?

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  For the past few months, I have been working with a large insurance company about change management.  I developed monthly workshops based on The Genysys Group Change Readiness Assessment that emphasizes the leader’s role in making change and creating a culture where people want to work.  The focus of each workshop is how to help leaders make changes around …

How to Nurture Passion and Why it is Important

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In a recent post, I talked about the value of being passionately curious. Now I am advocating the value in staying passionate and nurturing passion regardless of age or stage of life. A few weeks ago, I attended the 2016 Sage-ing International Conference at Sunrise Ranch Conference and Retreat Center in Loveland, Colorado. There were about 300 people including some …

The Wisdom of CEOs

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My favorite section of the Sunday New York Times is Business because of “The Corner Office”–a weekly interview between Adam Bryant and a CEO.  In fact, I require my leadership students to read each weekly interview.  My purpose is for them to listen to themes and I know they will pick up some tips because I know I learn something …

How to Be a Good Boss in Bad Times

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As one of my sages said when interviewed for my book Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts: “When times are tough is not the time to get tough.”–Jim Autry, author of Love and Profit:  The Art of Caring Leadership Robert Sutton, professor at Stanford, wrote a book a few years ago that I reference often:  Good Boss, Bad …