Surviving Leadership Chaos
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Surviving Leadership Chaos
" We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. " - Winston Churchill
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How Leaders Can Master Self-Awareness  

How Leaders Can Master Self-Awareness   | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

Leadership is not only a skill; it has become something of an industry. Everyone wants to be a good leader–whether at work, at home, or in social settings. Being a good leader means that your words will be respected, your ideas will be embraced, and you will be able to have a (hopefully) positive impact on other people’s lives. In the business world, strong leadership skills also translate into higher compensation. So, it’s no wonder that we all want to be better leaders. The real question is, “How do we go about doing so?” And that’s where the leadership “industry” comes in.

Via Roger Francis
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(From the article): Self-awareness is all about turning that switch back on. Know how you want your leaders to behave, and then allow yourself to see when you are or are not behaving that way yourself. It’s not always comfortable, but it is fairly easy. And when you train yourself to do it, you’ll never struggle with the topic of leadership again.
Raynak Search's curator insight, May 31, 12:00 PM
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Garrath Williams's curator insight, June 1, 3:33 AM
A good read and clearly articulates why self awareness is key to becoming a better leader.
"It’s not always comfortable" - good point. Nobody ever said leadership was comfortable.
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20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science)

20 Reasons To Love Mindfulness (According To Science) | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.

Via Kat Tansey, Jose Luis Yañez
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(From the article): It helps you sleep better. We saved the best for last! A University of Utah study found that mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night. “People who reported higher levels of mindfulness described better control over their emotions and behaviors during the day. In addition, higher mindfulness was associated with lower activation at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future ability to manage stress," study researcher Holly Rau said in a statement.

Dionne's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:30 PM

Every reason to practice mindfulness 

Dionne's curator insight, November 4, 2013 7:31 PM

For those who need science to validate that mindfulness is worth the time, this article is for you

Shri Ram Heritage's curator insight, November 17, 2013 2:29 AM



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Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind

Three Quick and Easy Ways to Quiet Your Mind | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

Neuroscience tells us that, to be more productive and creative, we need to give our brains a break. It's the quiet mind that produces the best insights. But it's a challenge to take that sort of time off in the midst of a busy day. Here are three specific, quick, and easy ways to build purposeful break time into your day.

Via Vicky Ellam-Dyson, Wise Leader™, David Hain, ThinDifference
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(From the article): New research from the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging suggests that people who meditate show more gray matter in certain regions of the brain, show stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy. In other words, meditation might make your brain bigger, faster, and "younger". As lead researcher Eileen Luders explains, "it appears to be a powerful mental exercise with the potential to change the physical structure of the brain."

David Hain's curator insight, January 5, 2013 4:59 AM

We all need this!

ThinDifference's curator insight, January 14, 2013 7:14 AM

It is amazing what 20 minutes can do to settle us, let us create, and refresh us...

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10 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to Your Work Day

10 Ways to Bring Mindfulness to Your Work Day | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

This is an excellent article about how to bring the practice of mindfulness to work with you. Consider picking one of these ideas and trying it out for a few days. Then consider adding another and see where that takes you. These are simple ideas that can produce powerful results with practice. . .

Via Kat Tansey, Fabrice De Zanet
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The habit that will consistently make you more powerful at work

The habit that will consistently make you more powerful at work | Surviving Leadership Chaos |

When we try to do things in a rush, we are usually destined to fail from the start — something I learned from my own mistakes. Faster doesn’t necessarily mean better.

Via David Hain, Bobby Dillard, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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(From the article): Being a patient listener allows us to absorb the full message, both spoken and unspoken. Being patiently mindful of the speaker’s every gesture, facial expression, and change in tone allows for a fuller understanding of the underlying issues.


The best ideas seldom come to mind immediately. The longer we take to ponder a problem, the easier our brains may find it to fit everything into place. It is often in the quiet moments when inspiration strikes, and it hardly ever happens when we are desperate to make a decision. An attitude of patience helps us to smooth over those inevitable bumps in the road, and we usually reach the best path in our own time.


Any decision can be made quickly, but the consequences of those choices live for much longer. We live in a world where split-second decisions and decisive actions are constantly encouraged at our workplaces. How much smoother would things be if we all took the time to make the right decision the first time? It is all too easy to be hijacked by pressures and emotions and rushed into a hasty mistake.

David Hain's curator insight, February 1, 6:26 AM

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience" ~ Tolstoy, HT @faisal_hoque

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 11, 5:07 PM

Patience allows us to pause and listen closely to others, the world, and ourselves.

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7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology

7 Ways To Practice Mindfulness In The Age Of Technology | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
Technology is here to stay. Why not embrace it and use it to raise our levels of presence? We can do this by tuning into our breath, our feelings and bodily sensations. This lets us know how we are relating to technology in the moment.

Via ThinDifference, David Hain, Fabrice De Zanet
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(From the article): Here are seven ways you can practice mindfulness with your technology platforms. Try these practices as an experiment to raise your own awareness. Refrain from judging yourself or being too harsh about how these practices work for you. These exercises are intended to raise awareness by simply being aware.

ThinDifference's curator insight, January 15, 2013 11:00 AM

In the moment of the ringing sound or downtime, we need to unplug and breath in.... re-setting ourselves and releasing the pressures that have built up. Social media, email, and voicemail can wait for a moment....

Wise Leader™'s comment, January 16, 2013 7:57 AM
Some great practices to help ensure our technological gadgets serve us rather than the other way round.
Annette Schmeling's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:14 PM

Technology can be an anxiety-producing energy depending on our approach. How we discipline ourselves and think about the daily onslaught of e-mail, voicemail, and text messages impacts how much we are truly connected or disconnected in our life. Mindfulness practices recommended in this article are very practical and impacts the quality of connections between people and their capacity to feel seen, heard and valued. 

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The Power of Concentration

The Power of Concentration | Surviving Leadership Chaos |
We can learn a lot from the way Sherlock Holmes trains his mind.

Via ThinDifference
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(Important thought from the article): ...mindfulness is less about spirituality and more about concentration: the ability to quiet your mind, focus your attention on the present, and dismiss any distractions that come your way. The formulation dates from the work of the psychologist Ellen Langer, who demonstrated in the 1970s that mindful thought could lead to improvements on measures of cognitive function and even vital functions in older adults.

Christine Heine's comment, January 4, 2013 5:42 AM
A good reminder about the power of simplicity of mind and spirit. In our hectic day-to-day, paring down to the simple task of peaceful exercise of meditation, can prove to be the "reboot" that we can all benefit from.
Ricard Lloria's comment, January 6, 2013 4:21 PM
Very practical addition to the groundswell for mindfulness - it's about impulse control and emotional intelligence as well as spirituality. the same like David, the mind right set it so interested post
Mercor's curator insight, January 15, 2013 10:52 AM

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