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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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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 10:28 AM

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."

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Six tips to work smarter, not harder.

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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it

 

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 1:15 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 4:01 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 8:43 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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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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Teaching Meditation Techniques to Organizations

Teaching Meditation Techniques to Organizations | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
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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Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 10, 2013 8:30 AM

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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A Surprising Antidote to Technology Overload: Meditation

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A Surprising Antidote to Technology Overload: Meditation (Claramente yo lo necesito GOOD: A Surprising Antidote to Technology Overload: Meditation.
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I love the quote: It takes time to heal.  Give time, time.

 

When someone works too hard, or trains too hard, there is a diminishing return.  For those that talk about multi-tasking, the research shows that it isn't multitasking, it the ability to switch from one focus to another.  The end result is that one does not do as well as someone who focuses on one thing at a time. 

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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 10:43 AM

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 13, 2012 11:45 PM

Critical practice in developing more emotionally intelligent organisations?

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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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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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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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Mindfulness Meditation: Helping Doctors in Training Find Calm

Mindfulness Meditation: Helping Doctors in Training Find Calm | Mindfulness & The Mindful Leader | Scoop.it
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 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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