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Wrapping Up What Matters

November 30, 2015

Discounts, cyber sales, one day specials, season’s hottest gifts… all words that can draw us into a frenzied holiday season at the end of the year. And while offering someone a gift can be joyous and heart-warming, it can also be stressful and leave us feeling empty inside. So, what makes it feel one way rather than the other?


How do you define leadership?

October 31, 2015

“Leader” is one of those words that seems to remain undefined, regardless of how many people write about it, or speak about it. We can come up with names of management books or self-help books that purport to make us “great leaders.” But, what exactly do we mean? Who is a leader? What do we mean when we say someone is a “great leader”?

What’s Working: Taking a Pause to Lead with Excellence?

March 3, 2015

In a culture that increasingly asks you to move faster and do more to be effective, the idea that what you actually need to do is stop seems crazy. Now, I don’t mean to stop for the sake of stopping. What I am talking about is the need to train yourself to take a pause (I call them Purposeful Pauses).

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5 Tips for a Mindful 2015

January 20, 2015

The start of another year — a great time to check on the state of your mindful leadership practice! At the Institute we talk about three key practices we employ to develop our focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion. These practices are meditation, reflections, and purposeful pauses.

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3 Ways to be a more mindful leader

September 10, 2014

It’s been more than a decade since I started exploring the intersection between excellence in leadership and contemplative practices like meditation. The leaders I worked with, first as vice-president of a Fortune 200 company, and then in my work as executive director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, came from different cultures, professions and backgrounds. They were influencers in small and large organizations, teams, community groups and even their own families.

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Top 3 Reasons Our World Needs Mindful Leadership

July 30, 2014

Leaders are often overbooked, overwhelmed, exhausted and spent much of their life on ‘autopilot’ just to get through the day. Can mindful leadership training cure all the problems of leading in the 21st century? Of course not but there are many ways in which it can help. Here are my top three:

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A Closer Look: How General Mills’ Leadership Embraces Mindfulness

July 14, 2014

Leaders often rush from meeting to meeting, eating lunch on the run and writing emails until 2 a.m. Such behavior is not only unhealthy for them, but can lead to poorer leadership that hurts a company’s bottom line. Could an ancient practice be the solution?

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7 Common Mindfulness Questions, Answered

March 27, 2014

We thought it might be helpful to bring together some of the questions that commonly come up as people begin to learn the practice of mindfulness. The breadth and diversity of human experience that has been evident throughout the years of offering the Institute for Mindful Leadership’s retreats and workshops is truly amazing, and yet, we’ve identified some recurring themes that might echo some of your own questions. Enjoy!

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Mindfulness: A Simple Way to Lead Better

February, 2014

An interview with Janice Marturano, author of Finding the Space to Lead. Within weeks of beginning a morning meditation practice, she became more aware of how she acted and reacted at work. She used mindfulness practices to become more focused in her conversations and decisions. She shared her experience with colleagues at General Mills and eventually founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership.


Finding the Space to Lead

February, 2014

It’s easy to get caught up in a swirl of thoughts and worries. But what we really need as leaders is continual attention to detail and to the needs of others while still appreciating the big picture. Janice Marturano, former vice president at General Mills, shows us how it’s possible to find the space to lead.


A Mindful Calendar

February, 2013

Once leaders understand and practice the basics of formal mindfulness meditation, we invite them to take the training into everyday life through informal practices. Some of the richest explorations of mindfulness come from simply paying attention to the daily calendar.


The Illusion of Control

April, 2013

With today’s 24/7 demands, our attention is fractured and we’re forced to focus on what’s urgent, not what’s important. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Janice Marturano.

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Mindful Leadership: Being the Leader We Know We Can Be

August 19, 2013

Indira Ghandi once said, ‘You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

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Mindful Leadership Receives Warm Welcome at Davos

January 24, 2013

The Mindful Leadership Experience workshop at the WEF in Davos received an incredibly warm welcome as the room filled to capacity. The participants were leaders from around the world and represented many age groups, ethnic groups and backgrounds.

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Mindfulness and the Two Sides of Joy

December 18, 2012

I have been noticing that the word “joy” appears in the most interesting places at this time of year. I have seen it boldly hanging over my head in a packed mall.

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The ‘Win, Win… Win’ Challenge: Leadership Excellence in Today’s World

December 04, 2012

Very early on in my life I learned that it was best to find a “win, win” solution. At first that meant sharing the last cookie with my little sister so that there would be none of the fighting that would lead to tears, or worse yet, lead to Mom’s solution that “if you can’t get along, no one will have any.”

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Prepackaged Leadership

November, 2013

A few days ago, I was reading an interview with James Hackett, the CEO of Steelcase. When he was asked about his most memorable leadership lessons, he spoke of the importance of becoming a leader that was not ‘prepackaged’.

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Simple Daily Tips for Mindful Leadership at Work

September 02, 2013

Mindfulness training is about your life. It isn’t about the time you meditate on a cushion or chair. It is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life. So, bringing your training into the moments in the day is a necessary requirement.

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Finding the Space to Lead

December, 2012

It really worked!” announced one of  the corporate leaders as she arrived early for a mindful leadership practice session. Susan (as we’ll call her) was visibly happy and excited, an unusual response for 4:00 p.m. on a workday.