Entries by Paul

Setting Intentions for a Conscious New Year

As the sun rises over the early days of the new year, this is a time to pause and reflect on our progress so far and to begin setting intentions for the next steps on our journey. Exploring purposefully, thinking possibility, and committing to action are the three practices for leading consciously within the theme […]

Winter Solstice and the Yule Log

  As we celebrate the winter solstice and prepare to eat Yule Log Cake over the holidays, this is good time to think about leaving some of our recent dark experiences behind and beginning to set positive intentions for a brighter new year. Although my memories of the yule log are dominated by the taste […]

Leading Above the Line

  Conscious leaders respond mindfully to situations in ways that generate desired outcomes, often leading from above the line rather than below the line. You may already be familiar with the success formula advocated by Jack Canfield, author of the Success Principles: E + O = R or Event plus Response equals Outcome. How do […]

Living Mindfully

Mindfulness in this digital age of emails, instance messaging, and social media alerts is challenging to say the least. Distractions are everywhere. Not only external distractions but also the internal distractions found in our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Rather than seeing the negative quality of the distraction and trying to avoid being distracted, can we […]

Relentless Learning

We can all recall times in our lives when we experienced dramatic growth and learned something significant about ourselves or about life—an “aha!” moment. These moments often occur during challenging times or periods of adversity. One such moment for me was on a men’s wilderness journey, an expedition in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area within […]

Workplace Bullying

  Schoolyard bullying has garnered publicity recently with all too many cases of mental illness and even suicide as a result of being bullied at school. But what about workplace bullying? What is workplace bullying and how is it different to bullying at school? The Workplace Bullying Institute uses this description: “Workplace Bullying is repeated, […]

Conscious Leadership Conversation

Conscious Leadership Conversation: Stephane Leblanc with Paul Ward: The Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership. Conscious leadership is gaining increasing visibility but what is conscious leadership? Yes, it is mindful awareness with responsible action but what are the practices of conscious leaders? This conscious leadership conversation begins to answer these questions. Stephane Leblanc, Founder and CEO […]

Quietening the Mind

Mindfulness is not about silencing the mind. You may have already discovered that silencing the mind is an impossibility. We can’t make our eyes not see or our ears not hear, and neither can we make our minds not think. Mindfulness is about noticing what is already there, observing thoughts and feelings, but not adding […]