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What role does spirituality play in leadership? It makes the leader whole and fill the hole in the whole of the organization
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Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise

Mindfulness Techniques: 5 Reasons You Should Try Mindful Exercise | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindfulness techniques are becoming popular and one of the more potent combinations for achieving deeper mindfulness is exercise and meditation.

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Mindfulness and meditative practice can fill many spots in daily life.

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5 Ways Meditation Makes Us Kinder.

5 Ways Meditation Makes Us Kinder. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Meditation is paying attention to what is happening and it changes us because through it we widen our perspective from being me-centered to other-centered
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Meditation and mindfulness should make us better and, in turn, make the world a better place. Meditation should become part of all school staff meetings.

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Make Mindfulness work for you in the workplace | Telstra Exchange

Make Mindfulness work for you in the workplace | Telstra Exchange | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Author: Brendan O'Keefe. These days stress and anxiety are so commonplace we seem to accept them as just part of the deal. If you haven’t already explored mindfulness then it is about time you did.

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Mindfulness and meditation help with stress. Being present and letting go are essential to that.

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Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Over nearly four decades, Ellen Langer’s research on mindfulness has greatly influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology. It reveals that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on auto-pilot, we can reduce stress, unlock creativity, and boost performance. Her “counterclockwise” experiments, for example, demonstrated that elderly men could improve their health by simply acting as if it were 20 years earlier. In this interview with senior editor Alison Beard, Langer applies her thinking to leadership and management in an age of increasing chaos.

HBR: Let’s start with the basics. What, exactly, is mindfulness? How do you define it?

Langer: Mindfulness is the process of actively noticing new things. When you do that, it puts you in the present. It makes you more sensitive to context and perspective. It’s the essence of engagement. And it’s energy-begetting, not energy-consuming. The mistake most people make is to assume it’s stressful and exhausting—all this thinking. But what’s stressful is all the mindless negative evaluations we make and the worry that we’ll find problems and not be able to solve them.

We all seek stability. We want to hold things still, thinking that if we do, we can control them. But since everything is always changing, that doesn’t work.

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Ellen Langer's work has been and continues to be cutting edge. Her book Mindfulness is a great and easy read on a complex subject. She devoted some of the book to education and thoughts on bringing mindfulness, in a secular way, into learning and teaching.

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Mass online meditation lets you zone out in cyberspace - The Conversation

Mass online meditation lets you zone out in cyberspace - The Conversation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mass online meditation lets you zone out in cyberspace
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... with a meditation session. And Google has been offering its employees “Search Inside Yourself”, a mindfulness meditation course, since 2007.
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Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite

Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Focus, clarity, creativity, compassion, and courage. These are the qualities of the mindful leaders. They are also the qualities that give today’s best leaders the resilience to cope with the many challenges coming their way and the resolve to sustain long-term success.

 

The real point of leverage — which though it sounds simple, many executives never discover — is the ability to think clearly and to focus on the most important opportunities.


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It concerns me when we see mindfulness as a "real point of leverage". That diminishes the meditative purpose underlying it and shifts it to a calculative way of thinking. Don't we already have enough of the latter and not enough of the former?

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Peace Overtures's curator insight, March 11, 2014 9:36 AM

The important thing is to have a regular introspective practice that takes you away from your daily routines and enables you to reflect on your work and your life — to really focus on what is truly important to you. By doing so, you will not only be more successful, you will be happier and more fulfilled in the long run.

Chris Shern's curator insight, March 12, 2014 6:08 AM

Things are not changing as fast as the world around and within business. There are still far too many managers in a world with an increasing need for mindful leaders.

Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, March 12, 2014 8:48 AM

YES!

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Students' own low expectations can reinforce their disadvantage

Students' own low expectations can reinforce their disadvantage | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Nicholas Biddle outlines how students' low aspirations can lead to poor outcomes…

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Self-efficacy is important in helping students overcome learning challenges.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, March 5, 2014 2:24 AM

As teachers we need to create the norm for high expectations for all our students until it becomes the norm

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Don’t Try Too Hard: The Art of Wu-Wei

Don’t Try Too Hard: The Art of Wu-Wei | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

Employing the ancient Chinese art of wu-wei is now being touted by modern science as a way to enrich life.


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When we push hard, we tend to miss the point and miss what is happening. We lose site of the forest for the trees and perhaps the other way around, as well.

 

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Morgan Dix's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:53 AM
Ingenious game to measure meditation and mindfulness.
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From Entitled to Empowered: Building Four Virtues in Students to Combat Entitlement in the Classroom - Tim Elmore

From Entitled to Empowered: Building Four Virtues in Students to Combat Entitlement in the Classroom - Tim Elmore | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Professors from universities across the U.S. have all told me the same story. Their students are increasingly portraying feelings of entitlement toward good grades, adjusted deadlines, class perks and special treatment. One professor said a student told him, “I pay your salary, so you have to do what I want.” In the response section to …
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I prefer the word engaging. Empowering means something that I give students. Engage has a relational quality to it that is about reciprocity. It fits with the suggested humility and patience. We give without expecting immediate return from the other person. The receiving is in the giving. It is about servant-leadership.

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[New Post] 3 Forces That Shape Character

[New Post] 3 Forces That Shape Character | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

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There is a lot of truth in these three things. What we take in is often reflected in our interactions with the world and people.

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Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:10 AM

Choose wisely !

Vittorio Grieco's curator insight, March 5, 2014 11:01 AM
1. IDENTITY THE HABIT YOU’D LIKE TO TRANSFORM AND SET THE INTENTION.2. OBSERVE WHAT THE OLD HABIT OR PATHWAY IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE.3. SHIFT YOUR FOCUS.4. USE YOUR IMAGINATION.5. INTERRUPT YOUR THOUGHTS AND PATTERNS WHEN THEY ARISE.6. USE AVERSION THERAPY.7.  CREATE A SPECIFIC PLAN AND CHOOSE WHAT TO DO INSTEAD.8. TRANSFORM THE OBSTACLES.9. CONNECT WITH YOUR HIGHER SOURCE FOR INSPIRATION AND SUPPORT.10. TRANSFORM AND MAKE THE SHIFT.
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Un gran artículo, 100% recomendable con 3 claves claras y sencillas para ayudarnos a modelar nuestro carácter y personalidad.

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Mindful Connection Across Language and Culture: Lessons From Wisdom 2.0 Conference

Mindful Connection Across Language and Culture: Lessons From Wisdom 2.0 Conference | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
The event encompassed an amazing blend of most diverse individuals exchanging their ideas and thoughts, practicing compassion, embracing awareness....

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The key is that mindfulness is about being present and improving the quality of life and making the world a better place. It is not directly about corporate bottom lines, although it may indirectly help there. Thinking it is, makes a tool or instrument rather than a way of being and living.

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Servant Leaders Put On the Miles - :: Triune Leadership Services ::

Servant Leaders Put On the Miles - :: Triune Leadership Services :: | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Every single person has immense value, and no one is any better than anyone else, regardless of their title or role within an organization.

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There are some interesting points made in the article. It is more than just walking and talking. It is about getting to know people at a deeper level, what they do on the job, and what that means in their lives.

 

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Kimberley Richardson's curator insight, February 27, 2014 10:28 AM

"The people who understand this, will be called leaders." K.R

donhornsby's curator insight, February 27, 2014 3:04 PM

What methods have you used to truly stay in touch with the people in your organization?

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Project Management Lessons from Meditation - Business 2 Community

Project Management Lessons from Meditation - Business 2 Community | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Project Management Lessons from Meditation Business 2 Community Project Management Lessons from Meditation image Project Management Lessons from Meditation Plenty of prominent technologists, from the late Steve Jobs to Salesforce.com chief Marc...

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One thing about mindfulness is that it is only mindful if it makes the world a better place. That is the ultimate bottom line.

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Suzanne Izzard's curator insight, February 27, 2014 12:56 PM

Maybe a different perspective for  Project Managers- mindful meditation?

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Mindfulness: Think About It

Mindfulness: Think About It | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Can you go from minding to doing?

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When we understand mindfulness and meditative practices as strictly instrumental, it is fair to be skeptical. When we see meditation as the practice ground for living life, the two become inseparable. There is a validity in the idea that mindfulness and its practices can become the next fad. That is a real concern. It does not mean that we cannot use it to be better and make the world a better place by being more aware of who we are and what we do.

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craig daniels's curator insight, March 15, 2014 12:46 PM

The article makes for a good read for those who seek to better understand or not understand mindfulness... The cartoon is for everyone who wonders about the time we spend being "mindless"

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Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster - Forbes

Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster - Forbes | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Become A Mindful Leader: Slow Down To Move Faster Forbes For business leaders, encouraging mindfulness is more than just being tuned in; it's a strategy to improve personal and company-wide performance and productivity, both of which support...

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Slowing down, being present, being aware are central. What we need to be cautious of is that mindfulness becomes a technique rather than a way of life which improves quality in the workplace and world.

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John Michel's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:00 PM

For business leaders, encouraging mindfulness is more than just being tuned in; it’s a strategy to improve personal and company-wide performance and productivity, both of which support overall organizational resilience.

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Be A Better You: Why Mindfulness Matters

Be A Better You: Why Mindfulness Matters | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

It’s a bit of a buzzword right now. Mindfulness, that is."


"What's mindfulness anyway? And, what can it do for you?"


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Neuroscience, Mindware and Influential Leadership

Neuroscience, Mindware and Influential Leadership | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Rebel Brown
Whether you’re a small business owner or an executive of a large corporation, you are leading humans and their minds. The two are inseparable. Did you know that the words man and mind come from the same Sanskrit root?
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It is not about leaving a legacy. It is about being on the path.

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How To Find Limitless Confidence Through Meditation

How To Find Limitless Confidence Through Meditation | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Meditation builds confidence through the art of letting everything go. Here are 3 key insights to help you build limitless confidence through meditation.
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Meditation, at its heart, provides clarity through regular practice.

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Developing Mindful Leaders

Developing Mindful Leaders | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Organizations invest billions annually on a success curriculum known as "leadership development," which ends up leaving so much on the table. Training and development programs almost universally fo...

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Mindfulness and being awake to the world are important leadership and followership qualities. It is about quality of life, instead of corporate bottom lines or distant outcomes in school. Being well and mindful allows those things to take care of themselves. We need to be and live in the present.

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David Ednie's curator insight, March 7, 2014 1:54 PM

Developing people is a process - not an event.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 9, 2014 9:36 AM

Developing Mindful Leaders

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Education Insider | Education Magazine | Education News | University News

Education Insider | Education Magazine | Education News | University News | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Read my article on emotional intelligence http://t.co/rGHzDH1mfN

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It is all about resiliency and persevering offsetting the many challenges involved in learning.

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, March 6, 2014 8:32 PM

"Research conducted by Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence shows that students with higher emotional intelligence are better prepared to manage their emotional lives, so that they can focus, learn, and do their best in school."

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Developing mindfulness triggers

Developing mindfulness triggers | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Mindfulness triggers are Pavlovian responses that we consciously develop in order to remind ourselves to be aware.

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We need these in our daily lives to break out of the mindless auto pilot situations we end up in.

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Zen and the art of bedtime: How we turned to meditation to stop the children's evening tantrums

Zen and the art of bedtime: How we turned to meditation to stop the children's evening tantrums | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

It is bedtime. I am tucking my children into bed. There is a pleasing calm in the air, as they lie there, snuggled up quietly in anticipation. Bedtimes used to be a frantic battleground, marked by tantrums, sobbing and endless trips to the loo. Thankfully, all that changed the day I started slipping meditation into our bedtime routine."


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The meditation is something that is possible at school. We used to say bedtime prayers, which I think of in the same way, and it has not fallen to the wayside. If we help children be thankful, there is considerable benefit. Perhaps, that is part of the problem in the world today. We are not thankful enough and do not express thankfulness.

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If you want to fly give up everything that weighs you down.

If you want to fly give up everything that weighs you down. | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it

If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down.


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Let go of one's pre-suppositions.

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Heather Koroll's curator insight, March 4, 2014 8:26 PM

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Co-opted Again: Diluted Mindfulness Hurrah

Co-opted Again: Diluted Mindfulness Hurrah | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
Corporations and their cheerleaders again have co-opted and struck gold, Diluted Mindfulness Hurrah

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Mindfulness is not about a corporate or organizational bottom line. It is about being a better person and contributing to a better world. Those go beyond economic bottom lines.

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craig daniels's curator insight, February 28, 2014 12:55 PM

There is no longer a time lag between the growth of a trend and the monetization and dilution of that trend. Mindfulness joins the ranks for the diluted...

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Mindful Doctors, Happy Patients | Mindful

Mindful Doctors, Happy Patients | Mindful | Leadership and Spirituality | Scoop.it
A new study shows that physicians with mindfulness skills communicate well with patients, and provide better quality care.

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This looks like a great study with parallel application to education and many other areas.

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