In our last post, we talked about the first three waypoints of the mindful leadership map: Safety, Connection, and Dignity as basic human needs that must be met. This week we discuss the latter three.  Safety Connection Dignity Purpose Mastery Autonomy  Purpose, Mastery, and Autonomy are Human Performance Drivers. They are important to the human […]

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As a leader, you have the power to build up or to break down the people around you. People need and desire a few key ingredients to survive and thrive. The way you give or take away these ingredients determines whether you bring out the best or the worst in the people around you. So […]

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Whether you consider yourself a saint of honesty or you don’t mind bending the truth, we are all in the same boat: We lie to ourselves.  In fact, we lie with an alarming frequency and with great efficacy.  Research done on patients with damage to their occipital lobe shows just how good we are at […]

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The Spotlight Effect shows us one of the greatest limitations of our own psychology.  Imagine being in an office building with the power out. It’s pitch black – so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. You fumble around and find a flashlight that you turn on and start looking around. […]

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Using Blindspot Discovery for Real Behavioral Change. Why can you say, and genuinely mean, “I don’t want to eat that cake,” but end up eating it anyway?  If there is only one person making decisions, what the heck are we doing? Choosing what you want to do should be easy… shouldn’t it?  The difference between […]

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The human mind was created in a time and place that looks nothing like the modern world. While we’d like to think of ourselves and our employees and machines capable of taking input and outputting work, this is an outdated and ineffective mental model. The human mind is complex and unlocking peak human performance requires […]

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There is a whole world of events happening around you. You don’t notice any of it.  How does the pressure feel against you?  How is your tongue sitting in your mouth?  What sounds can you hear around you?  You’ve probably read questions like this before, and you might be annoyed that now you can’t stop […]

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This month, the Mindful Leadership Club at Move Mountains is exploring the concept of “focus.” Through our practice sessions, meditations and workshops, we are diving into the sometimes elusive objective of bringing greater focus to the task at hand. Inevitably, someone is craving the snake oil, the magic solution that in a dash, improves one’s […]

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We are taught from a young age that it is appropriate to thank someone who does something kind for us. A friend lends a hand. A server brings you a new fork after you accidentally catapult yours off the table. A family member brings you a roll of toilet paper after you realized way too […]

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“Do not speak bad of yourself, for the warrior within you hears your words and is lessened by them.” Japanese Proverb Recently, I was asked by my daughter’s Head of School to step back into a teaching role in a middle school classroom for a short stint as a substitute. A teacher left due to […]

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