Category Archive for: Positive Mindful Leader

From average to outstanding

Using positive psychology to reach your maximum potential   When I first inherited the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) division at Microsoft, it was an average ’so-so’ team in terms of its performance ratings. We overhauled our approach using a combination of strengths-based leadership and positive psychology, and within just a few short years we…

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How to lead Mindful Change

We were about to do something we had never done before. I invited the group of leaders – 36 top executives from RWE, a 100-year-old energy company with 65,000 employees — to stand and walk slowly in silence through a physical map of their organisation and its dramatically changing context. There was a lot at…

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Developing Mindful Leadership: A Reality Check

The context in which leaders need to operate has changed significantly since the turn of the century. Global challenges today include political and economic instability, climate change, rapidly increasing globalisation, the proliferation of social media and the threat of terrorism in cyberspace as well as in our places of work and home. Conditions are described…

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Human strengths at work

We ask Dr Tayyab Rashid, clinical psychologist and researcher,  about the role of strengths in our lives, what the strengths-based approach means in a corporate context, and how leaders can apply it to build better performing and more resilient teams.   Strengths-based frameworks and theories are gaining popularity both in clinical settings as well in corporate organisations.…

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The economics of wellbeing

Live more, share more, enjoy life for less   Against the backdrop of the 2008 global economic crisis, the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared in September 2009 that France would pioneer a new approach that would eliminate the use of GDP as a measure of national wealth and introduce one that measures wellbeing alongside…

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Equinox impossible

A group of leaders gathered in London to discuss the practical application of positive psychology, behavioural science and mindfulness at the inaugural positive & mindful leader summit. On September 22nd at 2:21pm GMT, the first day of the positive & mindful leader summit in London, our planet reached the point of autumn equinox, the perfect…

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Postcard magic

Positive intervention effectiveness tested in a pilot project to help save Californian water. by Ron Duncan   In the previous edition, we talked about the design and implementation of a habit hacking project to help Californians save water. What we were missing were the results of this experiment. The results are now in, and we…

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Minute by minute

Getting into the habit of mindfulness Mindfulness is the new buzzword for the 21st century manager, alongside positivity and employee wellbeing. It has become a popular topic in corridor discussions as well as board rooms. It is mainstream now, and not just a strange airy-fairy thing that monks do. For most of us, busy executives,…

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Drop by drop

How communal habit hacking continues to save Californian water When there is a drought, everyone saves water and this is great! It is not different for the Californians living in the Soquel Greek Water District near San Francisco, what is different for them, even when the rain starts to fall is that they will continue…

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Mindful leaders create value

A conversation with Michael Chaskalson, author of “The Mindful Workplace” and adjunct professor at IE Business School on how leaders practicing mindfulness creates value.   WHAT MADE YOU START PRACTICING MINDFULNESS IN THE FIRST PLACE? WHAT WAS THE TRIGGER? I was just finishing studying for my undergraduate philosophy degree in 1974 and feeling very unsatisfied with the answers I was getting from…

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