Today is my birthday. Years ago, I vowed that I’d never work on my birthday when I was my own boss. (This is the only writing I’m doing today before signing off to enjoy life.) I’m a firm believer that our birthdays should be personal holidays.
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.
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.
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.
Mindful leaders, their teams, and organizations will not only survive tomorrow’s changes, but thrive, because they’ll be equipped to connect on a human level with their customers, employees and partners.
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.
I was asked a great question recently from a Baby Boomer about connecting with Millennials in the workplace and at home. He wanted to know how he could get them to better communicate with him face-to-face and stop relying on devices - “How do I get them to put the phones down and talk to me.”
In this next installment of Practically Mindful, I dive deeper into the ways technological growth is changing the world. It's something I've talked about before and is often underestimated as a massively disruptive force in our lives.
I was back in Nashville last week to speak at the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence annual conference, and couldn't believe how much change the city has gone through in a few short months. In this installment of the Practically Mindful live video series, I talked about how we can learn to manage this change, however it looks.