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 reframe the distraction as a mindfulness messenger?
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 the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota, close to the Canadian border.
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, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is threatening, humiliating, or intimidating Read more
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 of the International Centre of Conscious Leadership is dedicated to being a catalyst for the transformation of leaders and organizations and the elevation of consciousness in business throughout the world. In this conversation, Paul and Stephan explore the evolution of the book, The Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership, and some of the practices for leading consciously within the three themes of noticing what is going on, setting intention, and acting responsibly. To see the video, visit the Conscious Leadership Conversation.
Inspired by the movie, The Bucket List, and the song, Live Like You Were Dying, I hope this mantra of “Shaping our future as if we will live forever, yet living today as if we will die tomorrow” will serve as a guide for the new year. This mantra is from my soon-to-be-published book, The Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership. The three major themes in the book are: noticing what is going on, setting intention, and acting responsibly. Read more
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 […]
The choice of working for a Conscious Leader or a Workplace Bully appears at first sight to be a no-brainer. Who would choose to work for a workplace bully? Yet, according to Andrew Faas, author of The Bully’s Trap, bullying in the workplace is one of the biggest societal and economic issues we face. In […]
Three conscious leadership practices for setting intention are: Exploring Purposefully, Thinking Possibility, and Committing to Action. How are you setting your intentions for the new year? In this blog post, I share a little more about conscious leadership practices for setting intention.
Mindful leadership is about training the mind and being awake at work. Much of the current training for leaders is around acquiring skills and competences, about leading teams and managing change but, according to Michael Carroll, author of The Mindful Leader, mindfulness is about simply being here, being who we really are, and being at […]
Conscious Leadership is a lifestyle, a daily practice, according to Diana Chapman, co-author of The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership. In her Meet the Visionaries interview with Future Shapers co-founder, John Renesch, Diana Chapman explores the practices of conscious leadership with a wonderful energy and vitality. Diana says she practices her vitality but is also […]