Mindful Leadership

10% Happier by Dan Harris

I stumbled upon this book thru an article. I had no idea who Dan Harris was so I looked into and found out his background. He’s a TV reporter for ABC News and this is his story of how meditation changed his outlook on life.

Some people are scared off by meditation, but this book gives a very real – no bs – insight into it. Harris’ candor is great and I love his occasional use of “bad” words. It’s gone on to a be a bestseller and I think many people can relate to Harris’ story.

10 Percent Happier final cover

The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal Ph. D.

Willpower – a topic that I have always been curious about but didn’t know how to attack it. A colleague of mine from Japan recommended this to me and it’s a insightful book. McGonigal really makes you think about the decisions that you make and why you make them. There were multiple points in the book where I stopped and said to myself “this is me” or “I’ve been doing this same thing for 10 years – now I understand why!”.

I have shared this our team and they have really enjoyed it. I will probably re-read this book as time goes on – it has a lot of good advice.


Finding the Space to Lead by Janice Marturano

This book was recommended to my by one of my colleagues, Ms. Nicky James. Kudos to Nicky, because this book really changed the way I communicate and lead. It has given me great perspective on stepping back and seeing things in a different light. The author, Janice Marturano, is a former VP at General Mills and became interested in mindful leadership as a way to overcome the daily distractions that come with work. ┬áJanice’s recommendation is do one thing at a time: when you are checking email, check email: when you are in a meeting, really BE in the meeting, when you are talking with you children, really communicate with your children. Don’t try to check email while in a meeting when you are thinking about the conversation with your children from last night. Doing so many things at once results in all those things never being fully completed.

One side note, Janice does recommend meditating daily. Please do not let this distract you from this book. Even if you have never meditated or don’t intend to meditate, this book still has a wealth of knowledge. I’ve handed this book out to our Australia team and they love it. Especially the parts on “Reduce the Noise, Capture the Signal” and “Purposeful Pause.” I find myself re-reading chapters of this book weekly. I hope you enjoy it too.