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Mindfulness is being present to oneself. Leading oneself is the Odyssey. Mindful Leadership is about: Being, Thinking, Doing & Not Doing.
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7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

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Science is showing that meditation is very deserving of its newfound fame.
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Nice summary of impact of meditation and mindfulness from various studies:

  • Helps Preserve the Aging Brain
  • Reduces Activity in the Brain’s “Me Center”
  • Effects Rival Antidepressants for Depression, Anxiety
  • May Lead to Volume Changes in Key Areas of the Brain
  • Few Days of Training Improves Concentration and Attention 
  • Reduces Anxiety — and Social Anxiety
  • Can Help with Addiction
  • Short Meditation Breaks Can Help Kids in School
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Neuroscience needs its Einstein

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New mapping studies won't help us understand the brain-mind connection until we start thinking differently
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In his answers neurologist Robert Burton reflects the thinking of Lee Thayer about thinking differently. Burton shares: "I prefer...questions to answers. I prefer ambiguity, mystery and awe to bottom-line explanations.  ...I recognize and often rejoice in the absurdity of human condition, and wouldn't want it any other way. If scients arrived at a final theory of everything. I would try not to read it."


Reflected in the thinking of Buddha we hear the same thing:


The Kalama Sutra

The Kalama Surta is the Buddha’s reply to a group of townspeople of Kalama. They asked Buddha who were they to believe of all the ascetics, sages, holy ones and teachers They came through their town confusing them with their contradictory truths, teachings, beliefs, and one true way. Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation of the Kalama Sutra: To the Kalamas from the Pali is a good read.


• Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it,
• Nor traditions because they are old and have been handed down from generation to generation and in many locations,
• Nor in rumor because it has been spoken by many,
• Nor in writings by sages because sages wrote them,
• Nor in one’s own fancies, thinking that it is such an extraordinary thought, it must have been inspired by a god or higher power,
• Nor in inferences drawn from some haphazard assumption made by us,
• Nor in what seems to be of necessity by analogy,
• Nor in anything merely because it is based on the authority of our teachers, masters, and elders.


However, after thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it.


These words, the Buddha went on to say, must be applied to his own teachings.

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Why Mindfulness and Meditation Are Good for Business - Knowledge@Wharton

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Why Mindfulness and Meditation Are Good for Business by Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School.
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Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹

Mission & Vision › The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ‹ | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

CCARE investigates methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society through rigorous research, scientific collaborations, and academic conferences. In addition, CCARE provides a compassion cultivation program and teacher training as well as educational public events and programs.


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As mentioned by Dennis O'Connor: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education is a center for deep resources.

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Stanford's center has deep resources! 

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Writing is Living Twice - Mary Gottschalk - Author

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It’s linked, I think, to the benefits of journaling … that by writing, we can access the deeper meaning of the events and emotions that swirl around our lives. Sometimes, that deeper meaning comes through recollections or insights that emerge as you write.  Sometimes, it comes from examining the unspoken assumptions we’ve made or contradictions we’ve ignored.  Sometimes, it comes from letting our imagination run free, from exploring what could be or what might have been.

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No need to be redundant. Mary says it well.

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Part 2: Peter Senge on contemplation and organzational wellbeing, Garrison Institute, July 2009

Part 2 of 2. Peter Senge speaks on his personal exposure and ongoing exploration of contemplation. He explains how meditation practice helps him find stabili...

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I have a cohort of friends who are truly collaborative.  We share and contribute and act as eyes for each other in areas that each is interested and passionate about and that overlap with mutual areas of interest.



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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:02 AM

Presence to ourselves and to one another emerges from contemplative practice and presence is the essence of organizational wellbeing. 

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I like Your info +Ozzie Gontang Ph.D. will continue to keep an ear to the wall. thanks, +Randy Bauer
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Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain

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Meditation cultivates concentration, empathy, and insight at a neural level.
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In his  PT blog: The Athlete's Way, Christopher Bergland brings together what we have learned so far through neuroscience research regarding the impact of two forms of mediation:  Mindfulness focusing on mindful attention and non judgmentaal awareness; and compassion meditation designed to enhance feelings of compassion.

 

Again it is about the practice.

 

 

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What can mindfulness really do? | World in Mind | Big Think

What can mindfulness really do? | World in Mind | Big Think | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
A good friend--I'll call her Tandy here--is a huge fan of meditation.  She spends a good hour each day practicing "mindfulness."  She credits her practice with a more calm demeanor, a faster-working brain and a healthier body.  She's certainly not...
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Mindfulness Meditation: Helping Doctors in Training Find Calm

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It sounds like a simple concept: the idea that we can actually stop our busy, racing minds (“monkey minds,” as they’re called in Buddhism) for short periods of time and actually pay attention to the present moment.

 

There is even some evidence, from a group at the University of Rochester, that mindfulness may lead to fewer errors among practicing physicians, by preventing them from making decisions too quickly before they have considered all the possible causes of a given illness and all the treatments that might be available.

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Over and over again it comes back to the doing.  Doing the practice.  Being 100% committed means that one does what one is committed to no matter how one is feelings. 

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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

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I have a bit of a problem with that. When you understand the underlying physiology of mindfulness, you begin to see that any discussion about human change, learning, education, even politics and social issues, ends up being about mindfulness. That's because mindfulness, in some ways, is simply the opposite of mindlessness. And mindlessness is the cause of a tremendous amount of human suffering....

You can experience the world through your narrative circuitry, which will be useful for planning, goal setting, and strategizing. You can also experience the world more directly, which enables more sensory information to be perceived. Experiencing the world through the direct experience network allows you to get closer to the reality of any event. You perceive more information about events occurring around you, as well as more accurate information about these events. Noticing more real-time information makes you more flexible in how you respond to the world. You also become less imprisoned by the past, your habits, expectations or assumptions, and more able to respond to events as they unfold.
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“The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with eager feet, Until it joins some larger way Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring If I experience the world more directly I may be more able to respond to the unfolding events awake, aware, mindful and in the present moment.
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Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader - Bill George - HBS ...

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Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, I have sensed from many leaders that they want to do a better job of leading in accordance with their personal values. The crisis exposed the fallacies of measuring success in monetary ...
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It's the practice of Mindfulness that may help me and you become better leaders.  First of our own lives and then possibly by example to the lives of those that we contribute to.

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Practice in the Workplace

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During the past decade, a growing number of companies and organizations have discovered the advantages of offering their staff a chance to learn about meditation, yoga, and other contemplative practices. In a 2004 study, we found 135 companies and organizations that offer such benefits. Undoubtedly, there are now many more.


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Agree with what Annette had to say:  Good resource in bringing mindfulness and contemplative practices into the mainstream. Explore the website and in particular the programs and resources for educators.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, December 13, 2012 1:43 PM

Good resource in bringing mindfulness and contemplative practices into the mainstream. Explore the website and in particular the programs and resources for educators. 

David Hain's curator insight, December 14, 2012 2:45 AM

Critical practice in developing more emotionally intelligent organisations?

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What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't

What Truly Successful People Know That You Don't | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Six research-based strategies to help you overcome barriers to success
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Melanie's article is a good reminder of things that many of us forget or neglect

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ozziegontang's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:28 PM

Mens sana in corpore sano.  You don't have a vision, the vision has you.  Be accountable. People choose problems they can't solve rather than choices or decisions they do not want to make. Reading the work of Lee Thayer brings much of this into focus especially his first book: Leadership: Thinking Being Doing.  How I think influences who I am, who I am influences what I do. What I do create my habits. And in the end, as in the beginning, my habits create me.  Get right the thinking and the practice of life-long learning and being more competent each day and I may have a chance to "Take a message to Garcia."

John Michel's curator insight, December 2, 2013 7:48 PM

Six tips to work smarter, not harder.

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The Universal Language DISC, A Reference Manual

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For those interested in the DISC profile, the numbers are:

Percentage of population with High C (page 180) – 8%
Percentage of population with High S (page 184) – 45%
Percentage of population with High I (page 188) – 29%
Percentage of population with High D (page 192) – 18%


For me, as a Vistage Chair for 26 years, it has been a wonderful teaching tool for communication. I always remember Meg Wheatly being asked what she was on the Myers-Briggs. Her answer: was: IDKAIDC.  I don't know, and I don't care.  I believe that she was addressing those who neglect getting to know the person and rather use an assessment.


Lee Thayer put is well in Leadership: Thinking, Being, Doing.  He talks about creating a Role Desciption rather than a Job Description.


A role description talks about the results that a position requires one to achieve.


A job description talks about the activities that one does in a position.


What has always been interesting to me is that the word "Job" is from the Anglo-Saxon and means: "a lump."  Like a lump of coal.  So 250 years ago they were saying you can't do a "job" of work.  W is about creating something that gives purpose, meaning and significance to one's life. For many that meant working on projects that would not be finished in their lifetime, yet it was contributing to their community.


Now, people are afraid of losing their "jobs."  How many in the US will be going from unemployed and onto disability? 


Read some of Karen Dietz's Just Story It. Life is Improv.  We are all under the same economic cloud at anytime.  Some will succeed and others will fall victim. If I can't imagine it, I can't create it.  What are each of us imagining and creating to contribute to the betterment of mankind.


Some of us may want to start with: Mindfulness as a practice. Then realizing that how I think is who I become and from that being flows the habits that show themselves in what I do...and don't do.  Back to: Be, Do, Be, Do, Be, Do.




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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

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The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga

 

Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.


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Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:15 PM

When top business schools highlight the importance of mindfulness with courses for future leaders, we now have precedence for including it in educational leadership training.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 2013 7:01 PM

I like the ideas that mindfulness is combined with Peter Drucker's work and that large companies are looking at meditation as something that will benefit employees.

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:43 AM

What really happens when we meditate? How can such a simple act of sitting still actually cultivate agile, talented leaders? Read this article to learn more.

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Leaders: Look Up and Engage with Mindfulness — Break The Frame

Leaders: Look Up and Engage with Mindfulness — Break The Frame | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Leadership mindfulness is cultivating an appreciation for the present moment and accepting it for what it is instead of longing for what’s missing.

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, March 9, 2013 11:02 AM

Mindfulness keeps us psychologically balanced and protects from living a sterile, unrelated life and locked within the constraints of our history and our comfort zones. 

 

It is about choice and intention. 

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This article was recommended by Ozzie Gontang and Annette Schmeling.

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The Space Between Self-Esteem and Self Compassion: Kristin Neff at TEDxCentennialParkWomen

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...

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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, February 24, 2013 11:21 AM

Your specialness is in being absolutely ordinary. We don't always see that our strong opinions, needs, preferences and demands lead us to self-indulgence. Mindfulness enables us to live in the present moment and to discover our nature to be compassionate. 

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» Mindfulness: The Art of Cultivating Resilience - Psych Central

» Mindfulness: The Art of Cultivating Resilience - Psych Central | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
Undeniably, sooner or later, we all have to deal with life’s realities -- those hard surprises and unknowns that can literally change everything in less
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Mindfulness, Resilience, Reframe, Recontexualize.  A look at looking at things differently.  Short and a good summary of dealing with my interpretation of my experiences.  I don't learn from my experiences.  I learn from my INTERPRETATION of my experiences.  Some ways of altering the way I interpret something, some experience, some person, some event.

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Increase Productivity with 5 Minutes of Mindfulness Meditation

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Increase productivity with Zen-like focus by using this mindfulness meditation technique & free meditation mp3.
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While the measure of performance is performance, there are moments when it is important to quiet the brain chatter, the money mind, the self talk, and just be present.  One can listen to a CD or audio to help. Simply sitting quietly for 5 minutes and focusing on observing one's in-breath and out-breath needs nothing but oneself. 

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Teaching Meditation Techniques to Organizations

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The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society is aiming to show how meditation techniques can bolster productivity and creativity in organizations.
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"After thorough observation, investigation, analysis and reflection, when you find that anything agrees with reason and your experience, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, and of the world at large; accept only that as true, and shape your life in accordance with it; and live up to it."

 

These words, the Buddha went on to say, must be applied to his own teachings.

 

As Maribai Bush is showing, it is about the practice. At the end of the article she shares:  "It turns out that people work better when they are happy and feel aligned with their work. I know I do. "

 

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Happiness Trap! The practice of meditation in the business world is increasingly moving from the fringe to the mainstream. 

 

"Neuroscientists have confirmed much of what we were experiencing: that meditation improves attention, reduces stress hormones, increases appreciation and compassion for others and helps us recover faster from negative information."

 

When is more better than enough?

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Neuroscience Supports Mindful Leadership | Wise Leader Group - Psychology in your hands

Neuroscience Supports Mindful Leadership | Wise Leader Group - Psychology in your hands | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
An artcile about the growing trend in mindfulness training, supported by evidence from neuroscience, to help leaders be more present at work.
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6 Steps To A More Mindful Company Culture

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Think a bit outside of the box and consider the type of corporate culture that can consistently create and support world-class customer experiences. Try to imagine a mindful approach to customer experience. We're serious."Mindful" is not a word that is associated with business or industry....

An example from the Merriam-Webster dictionary uses the word this way: a truly considerate person, always mindful of the needs of others. If you think of others as customers, this is a simple and direct way of thinking about the mindset of a smart company.

Then there's mindfulness, which has to do with being aware of the present moment, free from the sort of blinders we described above. Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote that mindfulness means "paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally."

For example, a person in this state would do one thing at a time. He would not only observe carefully, but also notice small details. He could observe reality for what it is, rather than being blinded by his own opinions and preconceptions.
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Some reflection on creating a mindful culture.

 

Hidden in the word "Listen" is the word "Silent." Most of us are used to speaking or getting ready to speak, thereby missing what the other person is saying.

 

If I am mindful and in the moment I can truly quiet my self and listen.

 

"Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference," is attributed to David Oxberg.  It is the "I see you." and the feelings that accompany being recognized.

 

"People need to know how much I care before they care how much I know."

 

The question I ask myself:  What is my unique contribution that I can share with my community so I can be of service." Hans Selye called it Altruistic Egoism.  Doing for others is in my best interest.

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The Power of Concentration

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We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind...

Mindfulness goes beyond improving emotion regulation. An exercise in mindfulness can also help with that plague of modern existence: multitasking. Of course, we would like to believe that our attention is infinite, but it isn’t. Multitasking is a persistent myth. What we really do is shift our attention rapidly from task to task. Two bad things happen as a result. We don’t devote as much attention to any one thing, and we sacrifice the quality of our attention. When we are mindful, some of that attentional flightiness disappears as if of its own accord.
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