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The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule

The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 9781119183181
  • Published In: March 2016
  • Format: Hardback , 288 pages
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    The one habit that can improve almost every leadership skill

    There is a simple practice that can improve nearly every component of leadership excellence and it doesn't require adding anything to your busy schedule. In The Mindfulness Edge, you'll discover how a subtle inner shift, called mindfulness, can transform things that you already do every day into opportunities to become a better leader. Author Matt Tenney has trained leaders around the world in the practice of mindfulness. In this book, he partners with neuroscientist Tim Gard, PhD, to offer step-by-step, practical guidance for quickly and seamlessly integrating mindfulness training into your daily life—rewiring your brain in ways that improve both the ‘hard' and ‘soft' skills of leadership.

    In this book, you'll learn how mindfulness training helps you:

    • Quickly improve business acumen and your impact on the bottom line
    • Become more innovative and attract/retain innovative team members
    • Develop the emotional intelligence essential for creating and sustaining a winning culture
    • Realize the extraordinary leadership presence that inspires greatness in others

    The authors make a compelling case for why mindfulness training may be the 'ultimate success habit.' In addition to helping you improve the most essential elements of highly effective leadership, mindfulness training can help you discover unconditional happiness and realize incredible meaning—professionally and personally.

  • PREFACE A NOTE ON BEST ENJOYING THIS BOOK xvii

    INTRODUCTION xix

    Everything Begins in the Mind xx

    You Can Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence xxi

    What You’ll Find in This Book xxiii

    Part 1 How Mindfulness Training Rewires the Brain for Leadership Excellence 1

    Chapter 1 The Shift That Changes Everything 3

    Beginner’s Mind 6

    The Attitude of a Beginner Is Essential 7

    The Shift That Changes Everything 14

    Changing Our Default 19

    Review Questions 22

    Chapter 2 Making an Immediate and Direct Impact on the Bottom Line 23

    How We Unconsciously Affect Gross Margins and Expenses 25

    Uncovering Our Cognitive Biases 27

    The Illusion of Control Bias 27

    The Status Quo Bias 29

    The Logic Bias 30

    The Reaction Time Bias 31

    Mindful Self-Awareness and Better Decisions 32

    Mental Agility 36

    Freedom from Autopilot Mode 36

    A Persistent Beginner’s Mind 40

    Doing What’s Uncomfortable 41

    Quick Impact and Great Potential 42

    Review Questions 42

    Chapter 3 Organizational Climate Change 44

    The Power of a Positive Emotional Climate 45

    The Leader Drives the Emotions of the Team 46

    The Emotionally Intelligent Leader 47

    A More Emotionally Intelligent Brain 51

    A Training Regimen for Emotional Intelligence 54

    A Human Approach 55

    Review Questions 57

    Chapter 4 Fueling the Fire of Innovation 59

    The Archetype of an Innovator 62

    Resilience in the Face of Opposition 63

    Empathy 66

    Empathetic Design 68

    Review Questions 69

    Chapter 5 Developing Extraordinary Leadership Presence 70

    Staying Cool under Pressure 72

    Fearlessness 75

    The Most Important Aspect of Leadership Presence 77

    Review Questions 81

    Chapter 6 Why Mindfulness Is the Ultimate Success Habit 82

    Two Life-Changing Discoveries 83

    The Power of Serving Others 84

    Unconditional Happiness 85

    The Study of Happiness 86

    Happiness Is Good for Business 87

    Happiness Is Predetermined, Kind of (But You Can Change That) 88

    The Ultimate Success Habit 91

    Review Questions 93

    Part 2 Developing the Ultimate Success Habit 95

    Chapter 7 The Perfection of the Present Moment 97

    Beginning to Practice in Daily Life 100

    The Brain Is a Habitual Machine 103

    The First Step to Unconditional Happiness 104

    A Win-Win-Win Paradigm Shift 108

    Review Questions 111

    Chapter 8 The Power of Sitting Still 112

    Seamlessly Integrating the Training into Daily Life 114

    A Beginner’s Guide to Sitting Still in Mindfulness 117

    An Intermediate-Level Guide to Sitting Still in Mindfulness 121

    Spilling over into Activity 124

    Review Questions 124

    Chapter 9 From 4 Hours to 4 Minutes: Mastering Emotions for Optimal Performance 125

    Returning to Cool: From 4 Hours to 4 Minutes 128

    Mindfulness of Emotions: SCIL 130

    A Ride on the River of Emotions 139

    Review Questions 139

    Chapter 10 The Wisdom of True Excellence 141

    Things Aren’t as They Seem 142

    An Incredible Discovery 145

    You’re Not What You Think 146

    Wisdom versus Knowledge 150

    The Interplay between Stable Awareness and Wisdom 151

    Review Questions 152

    Chapter 11 Extraordinary Leadership Presence and the Final Piece of the Puzzle of Unconditional Happiness 153

    Pain Is Inevitable; Suffering Is Optional 155

    A Taste of Liberation 158

    More Fully Enjoying What’s Pleasant 160

    That Darn Wisdom Again 163

    The Root Cause of Suffering 163

    Review Questions 165

    Chapter 12 Advanced-Level Training 166

    The Best Movie Ever 167

    Brutal, Compassionate Honesty 169

    Investigation of Phenomena 170

    Fearlessness 172

    Managing Change 173

    Seeing Opportunities No One Else Sees 174

    Just Listening 175

    The Power of Doing Nothing 176

    Review Questions 177

    Chapter 13 The Foundations of Wisdom: Physical Training for Character 178

    The Foundations of Wisdom 180

    Foundation of Wisdom 1—Integrity 181

    Foundation of Wisdom 2—Skillful Communication 182

    Speak in Ways That Are Helpful 183

    Refrain from Offering Opinions Unless Asked to Do So or It Is Absolutely Necessary 184

    Be Mindful while Using Electronic Devices 184

    Conflict Management 185

    The Power of Empathy 189

    Foundation of Wisdom 3—Wise Consumption 191

    Foundation of Wisdom 4—Generosity 194

    Foundation of Wisdom 5—Kindness 195

    Respect the Belongings of Others 195

    Be Kind to All Conscious Beings 196

    Exercises in Kindness 197

    Your Personal Core Values 198

    Review Questions 198

    Chapter 14 Discovering Incredible Meaning at Work and in Your Time away from Work 201

    A Purposeful Paradigm Shift 202

    Saving the World on Your Way to the Bathroom 206

    Review Questions 208

    AFTERWORD 209

    APPENDIX INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE 210

    How We Study the Brain 210

    What Can We See in the Brain? 211

    NOTES AND RESOURCES 215

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 249

    ABOUT THE AUTHORS 252

    INDEX 255

  • MATT TENNEY works to develop highly effective leaders who achieve extraordinary, long-term business outcomes—and live more fulfilling lives—as a result of realizing high levels of self-mastery and more effectively serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them. He is an international keynote speaker, a corporate trainer, and the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom. He has been teaching mindfulness since 2002. Matt's clients include Wells Fargo, Marriott, Keller Williams, The Four Seasons, and many other companies, associations, and universities.

    TIM GARD, PHD, is a neuroscientist, keynote speaker, and mindfulness trainer. His research focuses on the neural and psychological mechanisms of mindfulness in a variety of contexts. Tim is affiliated with the Lazar lab for neuroscience of mindfulness research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

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