Fearless at Work: Timeless Teachings for Awakening Confidence, Resilience, and Creativity in the Face of Life's Demands

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Work is such a crucial part of our life, and yet we often struggle with—and feel overwhelmed by—the numerous challenges it presents us. Whether it’s job insecurity, making peace with or leaving an unfulfilling job, or dealing with office conflicts, we often experience fear and a sense of groundlessness just at a time when we want to be our most creative and resilient. Drawing on Buddhist philosophy, Michael Carroll, a longtime human-resources executive, meditation teacher, and executive coach, explains how the ...

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Overview

Work is such a crucial part of our life, and yet we often struggle with—and feel overwhelmed by—the numerous challenges it presents us. Whether it’s job insecurity, making peace with or leaving an unfulfilling job, or dealing with office conflicts, we often experience fear and a sense of groundlessness just at a time when we want to be our most creative and resilient. Drawing on Buddhist philosophy, Michael Carroll, a longtime human-resources executive, meditation teacher, and executive coach, explains how the practice of mindfulness—full awareness of our moment-to-moment experience—can help us become more confident and open to possibility in our work life. He offers a system of potent, inspiring principles that we can use as a practice for helping us work with our insecurities and awakening our natural bravery, resourcefulness, and resilience.

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“Valuable lessons in real connection for the ‘Facebook generation,’ Fearless at Work offers practical guidance for taming our minds and approaching work—and life—with confidence and humor. An essential resource for reshaping our modern day approach to livelihood.”—Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED)

“Michael Carroll is among the wisest, sharpest, and most skillful individuals I have ever known. Utterly trustworthy, profound, and pragmatic, this new book expresses in beautiful language how to use Buddhist principles to transform our work life into a source of confidence, goodness, and happiness.”—Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

“Michael Carroll’s Fearless at Work is a valuable book for our time. It is an infusion of intelligence and deep sanity into a subject that, for many, has become a daily experience of relative madness. Michael seems to effortlessly harmonize his mature understanding of Buddhist teachings and practice with the everyday—and very real—challenges of life and livelihood. His message is provocative and serious, yet lighthearted, in the lively teaching style of his teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Michael’s many years of study and deep experience in both Buddhist practice and the workplace come shining forth in these pages.”—Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei, Abbot, Fire Lotus Temple, Zen Center of New York City 

“Michael Carroll helps me to be aware not only of what I’m doing at work but also how I am doing it—and most importantly, how I am in the midst of it all. Approaching livelihood with this kind of awareness is exactly what we need in the modern day workplace because, as Fearless at Work makes clear, being delightfully courageous in what we do makes all the difference.”—Barry Boyce, Editor-in-Chief, Mindful.org

“Neuroscience continues to show how mindfulness awareness practice promotes health and well-being—and, as a longtime Buddhist practitioner and former executive, Michael shows us a path for rediscovering our natural fearlessness and for learning to trust our true being. Fearless at Work can make a big difference in your work and life.”—Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD, Director of Texas Tech University Neuroimaging Institute and Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience 

Fearless at Work tackles the challenge of spiritual development in an extraordinary setting—the workplace—while focusing on the greatest disabler in that domain: fear. The book offers valuable guidance for developing a personal meditative practice in order to be fully present for the people we serve as leaders and colleagues, so vital in these times of dramatic change in our shared global workplace. Fearless at Work is a hugely valuable guide for spiritual practitioners at work!”—Richard Bowles, PhD, Former Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Merck & Co.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590309148
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 379,348
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

For over two decades Michael Carroll worked on Wall Street and in the publishing industry, holding executive positions at Shearson Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber, Simon & Schuster, and the Walt Disney Company. Founding director of AAW Associates, Carroll consults with major corporations on bringing mindfulness into the workplace. He is a longtime student of Buddhist meditation and an authorized teacher in the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa. Carroll has taught mindfulness meditation at the Wharton School of Business, Columbia University, Kripalu, and the Cape Cod Institute. For more information, visit www.awakeatwork.net.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Rediscovering Our Natural Confidence 1

Part 1 The Five Primary Slogans

1 Face the fierce facts of life 17

2 No delight; no courage 22

3 Recognize fear 26

4 Discover the jewel of fearless abundance 31

5 Command gracefully 36

Part 2 Exploring the Ironies of Cowardice

6 Stop the "bubble wrap" 45

7 Mind the gap 49

8 Break the false promise 54

9 Reconnect 59

10 Don't count on it 63

11 Ask, "Who's kidding whom?" 67

12 Let it break 73

13 Nothing sticks 78

14 Lean in 83

Part 3 Taming the Mind

15 Keep your feet on the ground 91

16 Stabilize attention 96

17 Synchronize with the present moment 100

18 See clearly 104

19 Don't shortchange yourself 109

20 Be vividly present 115

Part 4 Establishing a Fearless Presence

21 Dare to awaken zjji 121

22 Be, see, do 127

23 Gently lay down the burden 134

24 Where's the edge? 139

25 Take a straight dose 145

26 Be a spiritual fool 150

27 Hold sadness and joy 154

28 Be alone 158

29 Gather the fearless view 165

Part 5 Living a Skillful Life

30 Gently bow 173

31 In a word 180

32 Join heaven and earth 186

33 Be a flagpole 195

34 Don't kick the dog 205

35 Unseen precise hand 211

36 Just slow down 216

37 Take the vajra view of aggression 222

38 Resonate 228

Acknowledgments 237

Appendices

A Cultivating Fearlessness through Shiné-Lhagtong Meditation 239

B Instructions for Mindfulness-Awareness Meditation 247

C How Mindfulness-Awareness Cultivates Social Intelligence 253

D Four Fearless Traditions 263

E Instructions for Contemplating the Fearless at Work Slogans 267

F Suggested Locations for Meditation Retreats 271

Notes 273

About the Author 283

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