Mindfulness Blog

November 14, 2018

Workplaces turn toxic when the emotions we bring to work go unappreciated, unmanaged and ignored. Too often, we may find ourselves chasing after “emotional trophies” at work where we are seeking false reassurance, bragging rights or, even worse, dominance over others. Here in this excerpt from "Fearless at Work” we learn these emotional trophies are...

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October 12, 2018

Promoting workplace candor requires psychological safety, no doubt, but it would be a mistake to misunderstand such “safety” as a form of false harmony or a substitute for courage. 

In his study Managerial Courage1, Harvey Hornstein concluded that seeking harmony in organizations, while worthy at times, is often is a primary killer of innovation, initiative, and...

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August 2, 2016

Tami Simon's in-depth audio podcast interviews with leading spiritual teachers and luminaries. Listen in as they explore their latest challenges and breakthroughs—the leading edge of their work.

In this epispde, Tami speaks to Michael Carroll about the relationship between sitting meditation and being able to be unbiased, courageous, and confident at work.  ...

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June 17, 2016

Here in this review of Fearless at WorkFrater Acher, a master schooled in the ancient arts of “divine magic”, explores the nuances of overcoming cowardice and living a noble and dignified life. 

Fearless at Work actually isn't a book about work. It's a book about cowardice. The kind of cowardice most of...

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June 8, 2016

In this Producer’s Pick excerpt from Sounds True, Michael explains how one can be far more successful at work by dropping affectations and acting from a more open and authentic sense of self. Sounds True producer Kriste Peoples commented, “According to [Michael]’s philosophy, the ability to let go of ‘you’ while focusing on others is what unfolds as courage at work. With time, we...

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April 4, 2016

New, from Sounds True,  Mindful Leadership Training: The Art of Inspiring the Best in Others by Leading from the Inside Out by Michael Carroll.

In this audio program, we will explore how to unleash our leadership talents, open courageously to life’s circumstances, and recognize how to skillfully inspire our world. We will learn how the practice of mindfulness-awareness...

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November 4, 2015

Research is showing that leaders who practice mindfulness experience heightened self-confidence, a more nuanced sense of autonomy, and richer emotional resilience and well-being.  

From Mindful.org, this article explores how mindfulness enhances overall employee well-being. 

October 7, 2015

When our life’s work confronts the tough realities of  death, disappointment, and existential doubt we may turn to our favorite Empiricist David Hume.  

 

How did Hume come up with these ideas, so profoundly at odds with the Western philosophy and religion of his day? What turned the neurotic Presbyterian teenager into the great founder of the European Enlightenment...

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October 2, 2015

A Sufi tale

One day the sun and a cave decided to have a conversation. During the chat, the sun was having a difficult time understanding what the cave meant by “dark, closed and dank” and the cave was confused by the sun’s notion of “light, open and clear”. So, they decided to change places and share perspectives.

The cave went up...

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September 16, 2015

Mindful leadership is less about relieving stress or becoming a “better version of who we are” but more about becoming familiar with our experience and noticing that we are hardwired to inspire the best in others.