I thought I knew how to breathe properly, until I read an article about breathing, stress and anxiety. Back to the drawing board. [Read more…]
In Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist community, the members practice the 14 Precepts of the Order of Interbeing. They serve as a way for connection to all members, e.g., one’s happiness is not separate from the happiness of others. You can review the list here: 14 Precepts of the Order of Interbeing
This is my attempt to translate the 14 Precepts to leadership behavior. Here I go.
- Do not be bound to any process, system or ways of doing things. None hold absolute perfection.
- Do not think that you know everything. Avoid being narrow-minded and let go of your attachment and possessive nature to your ideas.
- Do not use your corporate position to coerce others to your way of thinking or doing things.
Why are people plugged into their gadgets when:
- walking on the beach,
- sitting on an airplane,
- driving a car,
- doing their work, or
- watching TV?
The list goes on and on. Many of us have witnessed this and many of us have done these things. There’s even a young woman in my neighborhood who walks her dog while reading a book! A habit of mine is to attend a neighborhood outdoor jazz event while reading the paper. After it’s over, I can’t remember what I read let alone tell you what songs they played.
Enjoy the following article: Des Moines Register, Kevin Pokorny, July 15, 2016
“When I awake each morning, fear for my personal safety is the farthest thing on my mind. It is the “to do” list of the day, weather and breakfast. I don’t think about my clients not valuing my services because of my race….” (Continue Reading)
What was the inspiration for the Polaroid instant camera? It came from a question asked in the mid-1940’s by the 3-year-old daughter of its inventor, Edwin H. Land. The story goes as follows.
“She was impatient to see a photo her father had just snapped, and when he tried to explain that the film had to be processed first, she wondered aloud, ‘Why do we have to wait for the picture?'” (“The Power of ‘Why?’ and ‘What if?’”, Sunday New York Times, July 3, 2016)
Asking questions is a forgotten skill, but is probably one of the most critical in being innovative and creative. [Read more…]
Kevin Pokorny and Renee Hardman are on the air! We hope you enjoy the following radio broadcast below from Insight on Business: News Hour with Michael Libbie
Listen in to this powerful business radio program that deals with bias in the workplace and how that impacts decisions and productivity. Even more importantly it also addresses how to recognize bias and how to train ourselves to use positive bias rather than negative bias.
Listen Now: Moving From Unconscious Bias to Acceptance in the Workplace.
I had business travel recently. When I fly, I look forward to my time to just reflect, think, maybe nap, read, and just be. No phone or computer. It is a rare gift. [Read more…]
A mindfulness colleague shared with me several months ago the importance of demystifying mindfulness. She said we need to break down the definition of mindfulness and make it real for people, tangible, and relevant.
So, this is what I did in a recent session I facilitated for IT leaders on Cultivating Mindful Leadership. We briefly discussed the core elements of mindfulness: [Read more…]
In my work with leaders, I emphasize that our organizations have a climate not unlike our ecosystem. How we care for the climate we live in greatly influences the sustainability and welfare of life. Likewise, how leaders care for the organizational climate greatly influence the sustainability and welfare of people’s lives that work in it. [Read more…]