Mindful Leader: Awakening Your Natural Management Skills Through Mindfulness Meditation

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In The Mindful Leader, Michael Carroll focuses on ten key principles of mindfulness and how they apply to leading groups and organizations, addressing a range of topics along the way, including how to:

   •  heal the “toxic workplace,” where anxiety and stress impede performance
   • cultivate courage and confidence in the face of workplace difficulties
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Overview

In The Mindful Leader, Michael Carroll focuses on ten key principles of mindfulness and how they apply to leading groups and organizations, addressing a range of topics along the way, including how to:

   •  heal the “toxic workplace,” where anxiety and stress impede performance
   • cultivate courage and confidence in the face of workplace difficulties
   • pursue organizational goals without neglecting what’s happening here and now
   • lead with wisdom and gentleness, not just with ambition and power
   • start a personal meditation practice to develop your innate leadership talents

The Mindful Leader is also available on audio CD.

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“While most business books focus on how readers can do more, better and faster, this welcome addition to the category is about taking a moment to pause and reflect. Carroll, a Buddhist-trained HR executive, emphasizes the renewal and perspective that can result from taking some time out. By the end, stressed-out executives may be willing to read about how to give meditation a try as a way to reconnect with themselves and become more open to their colleagues.”—Publishers Weekly

“Read this book—it could save your organization, your career, and your life!”—Prof. Richard Boyatzis, coauthor of Primal Leadership and Resonant Leadership

Publishers Weekly

While most business books focus on how readers can do more, better and faster, this welcome addition to the category is about taking a moment to pause and reflect. Anticipating some resistance from harried executives, Carroll, a Buddhist-trained HR executive with many years of experience in both the corporate and Zen worlds, emphasizes the renewal and perspective that can result from taking time out; he only discusses meditation directly at the end. His discussion about "Inspiring the Best in Ourselves and Others" includes anecdotes and parables addressing issues like developing openness and breaking out of routine. A series of short descriptions of "The Ten Talents of a Mindful Leader" includes poise, courage, enthusiasm and awareness. After suggesting some practical ways to test these leadership skills, he reviews the basics of meditation. Although Carroll practices what he writes, the book is more informative than preachy. By the end, stressed-out executives may be willing to read about how to give meditation a try as a way to reconnect with themselves and become more open to their colleagues. (Oct. 9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590306208
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 632,974
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (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: The Tradition of the Mindful Leader 1

Part 1 Inspiring the Best in Ourselves and Others

1 Opening Up to Workplace Realities 13

2 Overcoming Self-Deception: Four Parables 31

3 The Art of Sitting Still: Mindfulness Meditation 52

Part 2 The Ten Talents of a Mindful Leader

4 Simplicity 61

5 Poise 68

6 Respect 74

7 Courage 82

8 Confidence 91

9 Enthusiasm 97

10 Patience 106

11 Awareness 115

12 Skillfulness 126

13 Humility 137

Part 3 Bringing Our Full Being to Work

14 Synchronizing 147

15 Engaging the Whole 152

16 Inspiring Health and Well-being in Organizations 158

17 Establishing Authenticity 175

Part 4 Practices and Exercises

18 Meditation 195

19 Contemplation 200

20 Contemplative Activity 217

21 Training the Mind 226

Notes 229

Resources 233

About the Author 239

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