In the last 12 months, there have been a flurry of sexual harassment complaints and stories from women in the tech and financial fields, news media, and schools. You may be wondering, what is going on? [Read more…]
One of the challenges of being a leader or business owner is the speed of our day and the uncertainty of what lies ahead. This reminds me of a story told by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist monk and prolific writer on mindfulness.
“There is a story in Zen circles about a man and a horse. [Read more…]
As I come to the end of this inspiring book, (The Book of Joy by his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams, 2016) I offer a few quotes and approaches from the chapters on the “Eight Pillars of Joy.”
“Mental immunity is about reducing fear and anger,
but also about filling our mind and heart with positive thoughts and feelings.”
How do you do this? [Read more…]
I recently had a leadership team complete Patrick Lencioni’s “5 Dysfunctions of a Team” assessment. As part of the exercise, the team identified several strategies for team improvement. [Read more…]
In an age of powerful media devices at our fingertips all day long, are our reflective abilities being undermined?
Teddy Wayne posts this question in his article “The End of Reflection.” Here is a summary of his thoughts which I call the Google Mind (functioning in an age of powerful media devices) and the Contemplative Mind (reflective thinking). [Read more…]
“Obsessing about getting what you want and avoiding what you don’t want does not result in happiness. Always maintain only a joyful mind.” (The Book of Joy by his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams, 2016)
“In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.” (Carol S. Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University)
“The basic condition of happiness is freedom. If there is something on your mind that you keep thinking about, then you are caught and have no freedom.” (Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk and author)
Recently I facilitated a staff retreat for people who work with refugees on a daily basis. [Read more…]