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What does the ancient Buddhist teaching of mindfulness have to do with effective leadership of today's organizations? Everything, according to Michael Carroll, longtime human-resources executive, meditation teacher, and executive coach. Mindfulness - learning to be "fully present" in the moment - can be a transformative leadership tool for gaining clarity, reducing stress and optimizing job performance, and "The Mindful Leader" shows us how. Drawing on the ancient tradition of the "bodhisattva warrior", the Buddhist model for enlightened leadership, Carroll explains what mindfulness is and how to develop it in the hectic and often stressful environment of the twenty-first century workplace. Traditionally, the bodhisattva-warrior cultivates six virtues or "perfections": generosity, discipline, patience, energy, meditation and wisdom.Carroll also presents the teaching of the "four dignities" (poise, enthusiasm, awareness, and humility) as keys to successful leadership. In this inspiring, accessible, and often playful book, Carroll explores how to develop each of these virtues in order to become a more effective leader. Topics include: healing the "toxic workplace", where anxiety, stress, and overwhelm impede performance; cultivating courage and confidence in the workplace; learning to balance leadership goals with awareness of day-to-day and moment-to-moment realities; and, starting a personal meditation practice to gain clarity, reduce stress, and develop one's innate leadership talents. Full of engaging stories and practical exercises, "The Mindful Leader" will help leaders in any field to discover their innate intelligence, bravery, and joy on the job.
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For over two decades Michael Carroll worked on Wall Street and in the publishing industry, holding executive positions at Shearson Lehman Brothers, Paine Webber, Simon & Schuster, and the Walt Disney Company. Founding director of AAW Associates, Carroll consults with major corporations on bringing mindfulness into the workplace. He is a longtime student of Buddhist meditation and an authorized teacher in the lineage of Chogyam Trungpa. Carroll has taught mindfulness meditation at the Wharton School of Business, Columbia University, Kripalu, and the Cape Cod Institute. For more information, visit www.awakeatwork.net.

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"While most business books focus on how readers can do more, better and faster, this welcome addition to the category is about taking a moment to pause and reflect. Carroll, a Buddhist-trained HR executive with many years of experience in both the corporate and Zen worlds, emphasizes the renewal and perspective that can result from taking some time out. By the end, stressed-out executives may be willing to read about how to give meditation a try as a way to reconnect with themselves and become more open to their colleagues."--Publishers Weekly "Medical research has shown that midfulness is a key path to human sustainability, to maximum cognitive and emotional functioning. This book will guide you in how to be a better leader. Beyond that, it is a primer on how to be a better person. Read this book--it could save your organization, your career, and your life!"--Prof. Richard Boyatzis, coauthor of Primal Leadership and Resonant Leadership "While most business books focus on how readers can do more, better and faster, this welcome addition to the category is about taking a moment to pause and reflect. Carroll, a Buddhist-trained HR executive with many years of experience in both the corporate and Zen worlds, emphasizes the renewal and perspective that can result from taking some time out. By the end, stressed-out executives may be willing to read about how to give meditation a try as a way to reconnect with themselves and become more open to their colleagues."-"Publishers Weekly" "Medical research has shown that midfulness is a key path to human sustainability, to maximum cognitive and emotional functioning. This book will guide you in how to be a better leader. Beyond that, it is a primer on how to be a better person. Read this book-it could save your organization, your career, and your life!"-Prof. Richard Boyatzis, coauthor of "Primal Leadership "and "Resonant Leadership"

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