Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership [NOOK Book]

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The complexity and relentless pace of our world places exceptional demands on leaders today. They work incredibly hard and yet feel that they are not meeting their own expectations of excellence. They feel disconnected from their own values and overburdened. By the thousands, they seek out books on leadership skills, time management, and "getting things done," but the techniques these volumes offer, useful as they are, don't often don't speak ...
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Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership

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Overview

The complexity and relentless pace of our world places exceptional demands on leaders today. They work incredibly hard and yet feel that they are not meeting their own expectations of excellence. They feel disconnected from their own values and overburdened. By the thousands, they seek out books on leadership skills, time management, and "getting things done," but the techniques these volumes offer, useful as they are, don't often don't speak to the leader's fundamental sense that something is missing.

Janice Marturano, a senior executive with decades of experience in Fortune 500 corporations, explains how Mindful Leadership training integrates the practice of mindfulness–meditation and self-awareness–with the practical tools of management, enabling leaders to bring a wider range of their capacities to the challenges at hand. We already know from scientific research that mindfulness practices enhance mental health and improve clarity and focus. FINDING THE SPACE shows how this training has specific value for leaders.

This is not a new "leadership system" to add to the burden of already overworked people. It brings the concepts of mindfulness into the everyday life of anyone in a leadership role, through specific exercises that address practical issues–the calendar, schedule, phone usage, meetings, to-do list, and strategic planning, as well as interpersonal challenges such as listening and working with difficult colleagues.

Leaders who have experienced mindfulness training report that it provides a "transformative experience" with significant improvements in innovation, self-awareness, listening, and making better decisions. In FINDING THE SPACE TO LEAD, Marturano masterfully lays out her proven techniques for promoting mindfulness in the busy executive's working life.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
01/01/2014
New Jersey-based Marturano (founder & executive director, Inst. for Mindful Leadership; Huffington Post) outlines a method for executives and leaders to use meditation and self-awareness to create a meaningful daily work experience for both the executive and the employee. Based on her experiences within a Fortune 500 company, the author provides a practical guide to developing what she identifies as the four attributes of mindful leadership: clarity, focus, creativity, and compassion. The book is divided into three parts. The first outlines mindful leadership and offers the author's own story of how she came to use this method in her role as a vice president at General Mills. The second part introduces basic meditation practices (walking, breathing, pausing) as a way to strengthen values-based leadership. The final section presents a path to becoming the kind of leader who makes a difference within an organization. While the suggested daily meditations may feel too New Agey and turn away readers looking for a results-oriented management text, the emphasis on remembering how to stop and refocus during the day could find traction with those too exhausted from daily task management. VERDICT Marturano's short and accessible guide teaches us how to use breathing and walks as breaks between tasks as a way to inject awareness throughout the day. It will find appreciation among business professionals.—John Rodzvilla, Emerson Coll., Boston
Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
After a week-long mindfulness workshop with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Marturano—then a General Mills executive, now founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership—changed her entire view on what it takes to be an effective and calm leader, and changed her strategy accordingly. This book is the result. Her fundamentals of leadership excellence are focused on getting readers out of the endless rat race, and re-orienting themselves towards doing real, meaningful work. Constant movement keeps us reacting, rather than innovating. Change means learning how to give your full attention to what you’re doing, and making sure others know they have your undivided attention while talking. Learned practices such as meditations are effective, as are reflections and purposeful pauses. Marturano provides exercises for meditation practices for leaders to create a useful and self-directed daily routine. Readers are likely to find her thoughtful discussion of multitasking useful, and will appreciate her suggestions regarding leading by inspiration, the role of emotion in leadership, and compassion and kindness in the workplace. While the content can become repetitive, readers looking to find ways to retrain their brains to pay better attention will find this helpful. Agent: Stephanie Tade, Stephanie Tade Agency. (Jan.)
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"Readers are likely to find her thoughtful discussion of multitasking useful, and will appreciate her suggestions regarding leading by inspiration, the role of emotion in leadership, and compassion and kindness in the workplace."  –Publishers Weekly

"Don’t dismiss her words or her exercises." –Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620402481
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 138,737
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Janice Marturano was for many years a senior executive and deputy general counsel at General Mills, a Fortune 200 corporation; she has also worked at Panasonic and Nabisco. At General Mills she initiated the company's program in mindfulness for leaders, which has helped earn it the #1 ranking among American businesses for executive training. She is now the Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, which she founded and which offers this training to leaders from corporations, nonprofits, and other institutions. She lives in New Jersey. She has been profiled in the Financial Times and now blogs for the Huffington Post. She was invited to speak on Mindful Leadership at the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos.
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