5 Tips for Stepping into a Leadership Position

So you want to take on a leadership position as your next step. As a top-contributor, it’s something you’ve long eyed as a goal but aren’t quite sure the best way to make sure you’re equipped when the time comes. More than a quarter of managers said they weren’t ready to lead others when they stepped into their role, according to CareerBuilder. Here are some ways to get yourself ready to lead.

Devil's Night, Detroit, and Culture Change

We’re going to celebrate Halloween together today by exploring a little holiday history together, with a lesson on culture change baked in. You might know that I grew up just outside Detroit, the now beleaguered city that once powered America (a city I love with all of my being). Growing up, while Halloween was a fun time for me, the night before it was anything but fun for people in the city.

Sending Lovingkindness to Those Who Need It

Last night I led a small group of meditators through a guided lovingkindness meditation and focused for an extended time on those affected by the recent hurricanes. It was a beautiful experience and I woke up today with a revived energy. The practice is simple: Imagine a group of people experiencing hardship -- you may or may not know them personally. And repeat to them, silently or aloud, some statements of love and well-wishes.

Techniques and Tricks for Staying Mindful Throughout the Day

I recently answered a great question on Quora requesting some specific techniques, reminders and tricks we can use to continue to practice mindfulness or stay mindful throughout our day. It's all about little habits, over and over.

Practically Mindful: Looking at United Airlines' Epic Failure of Leadership

We all know what happened on a recent United Air flight when a physician was assaulted and dragged off an airplane for refusing to vacate his seat. It should have never happened. And I don't think it would have if United leadership was focused on their purported shared purpose. My take, along with four steps to making sure your company doesn't fall into the same trap.