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The Mindful Leader: Ten Principles for Bringing Out the Best in Ourselves and Others Hardcover – October 9, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Trumpeter; 1 edition (October 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590303474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590303474
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Anticipating some resistance from harried executives, 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 time out; he only discusses meditation directly at the end. His discussion about Inspiring the Best in Ourselves and Others includes anecdotes and parables addressing issues like developing openness and breaking out of routine. A series of short descriptions of The Ten Talents of a Mindful Leader includes poise, courage, enthusiasm and awareness. After suggesting some practical ways to test these leadership skills, he reviews the basics of meditation. Although Carroll practices what he writes, the book is more informative than preachy. 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. (Oct. 9)
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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

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I found Michael's voice to be very soothing, which fit well with the message.
TRACY O'NEILL
You will finally be able to put your finger on what your manager does wrong, and what you can do tomorrow to be a better contributor to work and society.
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It is an approachable and oh so relevant look at how we all can be more effective in our life and work through a practice of mindfulness.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert Birkenes on March 30, 2008
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Reading Michael Carroll's book and attending his weekend retreat earlier this year turned around my attitude at the office, prepared me well for several looming crises at work, and nearly saved my life. His book Mindful Leadership is essential for anyone trying to lead successfully in today's world of information overload, anti-rationalism, and blind decision-making. It is equally helpful for a business leader, public servant, diplomat or aid worker, NGO or community organizer. Rather than give advice on what to do when, he teaches us that mindful leadership means being open and synchronized--which allows us to tap into our own natural goodness and wisdom that is already in our environment and telling us how to lead.

In many respects, Michael's teachings struck familiar chords for me, since I have been meditating and leading mindfully for years. I already knew that dropping our own addiction to rehearsing our emotions as mental dramas and being open to a situation can yield unexpected wisdom, and I also knew that being open to the world can leave us feeling unprepared and deeply exposed (p. 187). It was reassuring to read examples that show awareness and patience to be among the skills of a mindful leader, and to learn to trust in the basic wisdom of our environment and self.

No doubt you (as a leader) are already strong in some areas too, and this book will help you to see how to improve in those areas that may be underdeveloped. Some of his ideas were uncomfortable for me at first--for instance, the idea that it's a waste of energy to fight arrogance and hypocrisy as if they were a static enemy, and that mindful leaders instead paddle with the fluid momentum of organizations by using a synchronized sense of timing, awareness, and realism (p. 174).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TRACY O'NEILL on July 18, 2008
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I listened to this audio in my car over the course of several days. I found Michael's voice to be very soothing, which fit well with the message. While the concepts may not be new, the way they were presented are. It helped me to think out of the box and consider other possibilities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob Fairfax on January 16, 2012
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This book is a must for any manager, or anybody who is not one (that covers everybody, right?). You will see how your actions affect those around you in positive and negative ways that can inspire or sap a room or a team. You will finally be able to put your finger on what your manager does wrong, and what you can do tomorrow to be a better contributor to work and society. I can appreciate the challenge Michael Carroll faces in writing a book that is not meant to be an introduction to mindful meditation (like "Turning Your Mind into an Ally" is), but will surely be picked up by people who have not yet explored mindful meditation. So he goes back and forth between how the benefits of meditation can be applied to business situations and tying it back to what it means to meditate in the first place. But he pulls it off with book that could be help a meditator better address the working world's challenges, and even turn some people on to Shambhala's traditions and practices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Patton on December 27, 2011
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I loved this book, which was given out a work conference I attended. It is an approachable and oh so relevant look at how we all can be more effective in our life and work through a practice of mindfulness. If only CEOs and execs everywhere could read this, they would see a way to break through the corporate games and politics that they often initiate. The narrative is a quick read with simple lessons. But, like many books that totter between spiritual guide and self-help, it is easier to read than to live out the lessons of a mindful path. The good news is that this book is different from others in that it lessens instead of adds to those guilty feelings we often get when we stumble.
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