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Better Decisions. Better Thinking. Better Outcomes.: How To Go From Mind Full To Mindful Leadership Paperback – October 14, 2018

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The world is becoming more complicated, and making good decisions is both more important and increasingly difficult. This book helps you understand what's happening to our brains, and what we can do about it.
Wayne Turmel
Co-Author, The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership

Better Decisions. Better Thinking. Better Outcomes. How to go from Mind Full to Mindful Leadership. by Steven Howard is an engaging read full of great advice for busy leaders who want to be more effective and to lead with both heart and mind.
Supported by research, each chapter unpacks concrete strategies for the busy professional to become more mindful about their approach to leadership in any organization. This is a book I will definitely recommend to colleagues who are succumbing to the expected stresses and challenges of leadership. This book will help you be your best self!
Susan Rice, Head of School, Palm Valley School

Steven mentions LEADERSHIP as both a Science and an Art. After reading this book I would also add Craft. Steven not only gives us a motivational framework in which to apply Leadership but additionally provides practical steps and exercises to deepen our pursuit towards leadership excellence. Even while reading, his enthusiasm and style moved me to begin my own practice. As you read, you will want to have pen and paper at the ready for frequent notes and tips.
John Petraborg, Global Leadership Development Facilitator

Steven Howard's new book Better Decisions. Better Thinking. Better Outcomes. provides the variables that cause "mind full" leaders to make bad decisions. Unconscious biases caught my attention as they negatively impact gender-related decisions daily.
Readers are provided with excellent mindfulness techniques that will enable them to move from "mind full" to "mindful" leadership and deliver better outcomes for their organizations.
Lynn Schmidt, PhD
Author, Shift Into Thrive: Six Strategies for Women to Unlock the Power of Resiliency

Seasoned judgment is essential to great leadership, because leaders are called to make bold, thoughtful, and wise decisions. Sweeping in scope and rich in value, this book will help your leadership gain focus, stamina, and enjoyment. As the title suggests, when you make better decisions, have better thinking, and get better outcomes, you become a better leader.
Bill Treasurer
bestselling author of Leaders Open Doors

Mindfulness -- it is not something that we really think about. As a business leader, it is about making that optimum decision at a given point of time. Unfortunately, between juggling life, work, stress and constant deadlines, we forget to nourish the one muscle that is making all these decisions - our brain. This book reminds us the importance. Better Decisions. Better Thinking. Better Outcomes. is packed full of tips, steps and techniques on how to boost your brain power that leads to better decision-making. Not just better decision-making, but also becoming a better leader!
Alex Chan, CEO, Babbobox

As leaders, we all make less-than-optimal decisions at times that produce poor or inadequate results. Steven Howard's book explains why this happens and how to make better decisions and create more desirable outcomes for ourselves, our colleagues, and our organizations.
William Carlson, President, Tucker/Hall Public Relations

Better Decisions. Better Thinking. Better Outcomes.focuses on one of the most challenging aspects of modern-day leadership -- how to be a positive force in the midst of VUCA.  Steven has moved the discussion away from the symptoms of poor decision making to an understanding of its root causes and how to deal with them. Chapter after Chapter offer practical steps for personal development and insights in how to keep mind and body in harmony.
William F. Molloy, Leadership Development Coach and Facilitator

Written in plain and simple language, Steven Howard brings us a book that makes us think. Well, you might say, with a title like, Better Decisions Better Thinking Better Outcomes: How to go from Mind Full to Mindful Leadership, you would expect to read something about thinking.
Well, after reading this excellent book, thinking becomes just a part of the message. Howard brings a comprehensive plan of action for improving life through recognizing decision-making patterns that don't serve us well, don't enrich our lives, and don't bring us to our goals and dreams.
Too much to read in one sitting, Howard paces us so that we have time to process and practice what he suggests. This book will stay close-at-hand for me as a reference and as an inspiration to take care of myself in a variety of ways, all focused on experiencing a better life.
And, I don't know what and how you're thinking now, but, after you take the time to practice better decision-making and better thinking, a better life could be the best outcome of all!
- Nonfiction Authors Association Book Awards Program

From the Author

When I started to link recent scientific research into brain health with my own work in leadership development, it became painfully obvious that leaders are not fully aware of how stress triggers poor decisions. More important, leaders have not been trained in how to become cognizant of when stress is triggering them toward poor decision making. It was also obvious that very few leaders are aware of the many benefits that mindfulness practices will bring to their decision-making processes and thinking capabilities.

Everyone knows about the benefits of aerobic exercise and proper nutrition on cardiovascular and overall health. Yet so few people are aware of how exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness can positively impact short-term and long-term brain health.

And while such benefits may be intuitively clear, they are not enough to motivate action and spur behavioral change. At least not with the dozens of leaders I spoke with. The common responses I got were "sounds great" and "most interesting." Unfortunately, factual information on brain health alone was not going to spark action.

However, once I started illustrating how reducing stress and increasing brain health would lead to better decisions, improved thinking and analytical capabilities, and more desirable outcomes, I had their full attention.

And that is what I hope to do with you, dear reader. Grab your full attention. Show you the facts about how exercise and diet impact your brain. Share with you some of the latest neuroscientific research on how mindfulness and meditation practices actually help you grow new brain neurons and increase cellular connectivity across your brain.

Perhaps most important, I also want to help you find ways to prevent emotions from hijacking your rational, cognitive resources, thus enabling you to make better decisions, think more rationally, and reduce emotional meltdowns and outbursts.

And that is the reason for the order of decisions, thinking, and outcomes in this book's title. The more linear approach would have been to call this book Better Thinking. Better Decisions. Better Outcomes. After all, thinking leads to decisions and these in turn lead to outcomes.

But I purposely changed this order to Better Decisions. Better Thinking. Better Outcomes. This is because the first decision people need to make is to become mindful, in order to facilitate a better thinking process. The current linear mode of thinking >> decisions >> outcomes is being impacted by stress, overtaxed brains, information overload, etc. So the first step to better thinking -- and better outcomes -- is to make the decision not to get emotionally hijacked by your overloaded brain, in order to move into a rational thinking mode.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
  • Paperback : 296 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1943702237
  • ISBN-10 : 1943702233
  • Publisher : Caliente Press (October 14, 2018)
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.67 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    5.0 out of 5 stars 7 ratings