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Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership Paperback – September 29, 2015
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Mindfully leading means exactly that: paying attention to and embracing the four qualities that result in managerial excellence: focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion. More than that, explains Marturano, a former General Mills executive who established the Institute for Mindful Leadership, it’s the path to finding the space to think and to emote during this age of ever-growing distractions. Don’t dismiss her words or her exercises. For instance, installing the habit of removing yourself from laptop, smartphone, e-mail, and other modern mandates has proven to drive positive results. Not only reduced stress but also a more resilient mind and body equip leaders with a purpose, with authenticity, and true empathy in serving others. Each chapter and its exercises start with a simple 10-minute “intentional” pose and graduate to a recognition of the inspiration needed to guide others. Changing the ways we see and feel can have real human impact on the corporations and businesses we work for and with, thanks to the author’s passion for self-awareness and meditation. --Barbara Jacobs --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"With leaders everywhere searching for ways to be mindful, Janice Marturano’s timely new book, Finding the Space to Lead, is the definitive guide to becoming a mindful leader. If you follow her practical advice and easy-to-adopt exercises, this book will change your life." ―Bill George, Professor, Harvard Business School and former Chair and CEO of Medtronic
"Finding the Space to Lead gives us concrete strategies, from a high powered executive of a major American corporation, to increase our focus and creativity, as well as how to lead with compassion. In this practical and straightforward book, Janice Marturano shares her down to earth and common sense approach that can help moms and moguls alike. I highly recommend it." ―Congressman Tim Ryan, Ohio, author of A Mindful Nation
"At the World Economic Forum, I saw in person how Janice Marturano's Mindful Leadership training could make a real difference in the lives of corporate leaders from around the globe. Her powerful new book, Finding the Space to Lead, makes the principles of this training accessible to readers everywhere." ―Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group
"A must read for anyone in a leadership position. This is a riveting account of how mindfulness can transform leadership in organizations and improve individual well-being and organizational success. Sprinkled with compelling real-world examples, this book should be required reading for leaders of any organization." ―Richard J. Davidson, Founder and Chair, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Janice Marturano is a widely-admired executive and a leader in a movement that is changing the shape of our world through mindfulness and emotional intelligence. With this insightful book, leaders of all shapes and sizes will not only become much more effective in every way, they will also become happier." ―Chade-Meng Tan, Google's Jolly Good Fellow and international bestselling author of Search Inside Yourself
"Janice Marturano has been an inspiration to many of her friends at General Mills. Her new book, which explores the framework of mindful leadership, is an excellent read for anyone balancing the complexities of modern life and leadership." ―Michael L. Davis, SVP, Human Resources, General Mills
"This book is both deeply moving and utterly inspiring. Whether you are already a leader, or preparing to lead, or perhaps you have had leadership ‘thrust upon you,’ reading this book and following its practices will become a lifeline, allowing you to discover a way to cultivate your deepest potential to lead with excellence and wisdom." ―Professor Mark Williams, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford
"I describe my first mindfulness retreat as life-changing and once again Janice has ‘WOW'ed’ me. Her clarity, encouragement and reminders to be gentle on ourselves as we learn to be mindful leaders are simply amazing. Finding the Space to Lead will benefit all who read and practice it." ―Gale S. Pollock, Major General (Retired), CRNA, FACHE, FAAN
"This is a book filled with practical steps that can help businesses to succeed by cultivating the strengths of their most important resource--their employees. This book is a must read for business leaders who want to create a sustainable corporate environment grounded in shared communication and trust." ―Matt Mumber MD, author of Sustainable Wellness: An Integrative Approach to Transform Your Mind, Body and Spirit
"Janice's personal story about discovering mindfulness, and ultimately defining how it applies to enhanced leadership, is inspiring. This is not some 'new age mindset' rhetoric . . . as someone who had no idea what mindfulness was, this has made me a better leader, father and husband by building the muscle of staying focused 'on demand.'" ―Joe Ens, Vice President, General Mills
"Mindful Leadership has transformed my life. As a corporate change agent my ability to understand myself better and others is crucial to bring about skillful & sustainable improvements. In Finding the Space to Lead, Janice, the pioneer of Mindful Leadership, offers us the practices that have enriched my leadership competencies and opened the most meaningful workplace and life dimension." ―Andreas Metzen, Senior Vice President, DVB Bank SE
"Janice Marturano knows what leadership excellence is, and shows us how it can be cultivated. Much more than just a simple application of some mindfulness techniques, Finding the Space to Lead joins mind training exercises and sound business disciplines into practical, transformative leadership practices." ―James Gimian, Publisher, Mindful and mindful.org
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Enter "Finding the Space to Lead" by Janice Marturano. What would happen if leaders gently made themselves available to something that already exists: a more spacious sense of awareness, clarity, and insight, present in every unpredictable situation and unresolved conflict? How would our experience transform if we located this sort of mental elbow-room? Inviting ourselves to awaken in such a way is precisely what Janice Marturano's book does, in an elegant, relatable, and reliable fashion. "Finding the Space to Lead" will surely be meaningful to anyone who yearns to connect sincerely with others by also connecting more deeply with themselves. This book is a qualified inspiration to listen to our hearts and minds in all moments. It demonstrates, in real terms, how this path can provide insight and guidance greater than any set of steps you may pick up in another book.
I believe Janice Marturano's book is not one that should sit on shelf un-cracked, as a simple show of one's leadership acumen. I believe it should be opened softly and often as a continuous reminder of our unlimited potential as leaders. "Finding the Space to Lead" attends to your one-and-only life, lived in moments rather than steps or to-do lists. This is a book you would do well to own two copies of: one for your office that you can gift to others who suffer through the slings and arrows of modern times, and one for your bedside. Why should organizational life be tolerated or endured, when there is a way of being present that invites focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion, as illustrated so accessibly in "Finding the Space to Lead"?
Those who teach leadership often refer to the Oracle at Delphi, who provided wise counsel to those who wished to influence others. The Oracle's sage advice was always the same: "Know thyself." You will surely discover more about life and yourself through this book. In fact, the Latin root of the word Oracle is ōrāre which means `to speak.' "Finding the Space to Lead" is a work that speaks to me in so many ways, above and beyond most other leadership books. How will it speak to you?
Thank you for creating this beautiful book Janice.
I have learned many new techniques that I can both use myself and with my Executive coaching clients.
Thank you so much - I NEVER read books twice, but I have a feeling that I may be reading this one two or three times.