Mindfulness As a Career Strategy


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Mindfulness As a Career Strategy

  1. 1. Emily Bennington Founder, Awake Exec™ Conscious Career Design Mindfulness as a Leadership Strategy The art (and science) of composure
  2. 2. The gift of the east is the ability to accept things. The gift of the west is the ability to change things.
  3. 3. Is your mind like a shaken snow globe? (you’re in the right place)
  4. 4. Mindfulness is the practice of bringing clarity and concentration to your moment-by- moment experience.
  5. 5. It’s the ability to see what’s happening... Not as we hoped it would be. Not as we expected it to be. Not seeing more or less. Not with judgments...
  6. 6. …but exactly what is here. Just as it is. @JaniceMarturano Executive Director, Institute for Mindful Leadership
  7. 7. You can’t make good decisions in a mental state of frenzy worry anger or frustration.
  8. 8. Since your choices create your reality... …you need to own them.
  9. 9. Accepting your experience as it is allows you to respond versus react.
  10. 10. Step One Know Your Mind 1
  11. 11. Why do we react emotionally in the first place?
  12. 12. Three words: fight or flight
  13. 13. Prefrontal cortex (the boss) Left Brain (logic) Right Brain (emotion)
  14. 14. Sorry, ladies.
  15. 15. Mindfulness calms your biological triggers (allowing you to make better decisions as a result)
  16. 16. Because when the **** hits the fan… …you need to be on your game THE MOST.
  17. 17. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King
  18. 18. Once you become self-aware, you can help others do the same.
  19. 19. Step Two Train Your Mind 2
  20. 20. The events of your life do not change according to whether you are happy or unhappy about them.
  21. 21. Purposeful pauses allow you to center into the moment. Are you content? Are you emotional? Are you fearful? Are you future-tripping? Are you living in the past?
  22. 22. Purposeful pauses bring you back to the present where you can choose your response.
  23. 23. In the process, be on the lookout for emotion… …but don’t run from it.
  24. 24. Where am I focusing right now?
  25. 25. Taming the monkey mind: Thinking vs. Thoughting Is it true? Is it useful?
  26. 26. Step Three Settle Your Mind 3
  27. 27. If the cause of THIS is uncertainty…
  28. 28. WHAT IF we put more focus on things that don’t change? Management Key Drivers: Strategies Goals Benchmarks Leadership Key Drivers: Virtues Values Principles
  29. 29. Virtues are your rock.
  30. 30. Intentions live in “the space”.
  31. 31. Tough to live with ‘em. Tough to live without ‘em.
  32. 32. Be fully attached to the effort. And less attached to the result.
  33. 33. Every interaction is a touchpoint.
  34. 34. The sum total of your touchpoints = your reputation
  35. 35. Reputation = Opportunities
  36. 36. Being clear on what matters most is the filter for values-based decisions.
  37. 37. Step Four Act In Alignment 4
  38. 38. The Four Questions For Wise Decision-Making 1. What am I noticing right now? 2. Can I make space for it? 3. Can I touch this with compassion? 4. What is the next right action?
  39. 39. Peace amid the chaos = freedom
  40. 40. Be still. And know.
  41. 41. EmilyBennington.com Facebook.com/EmilyBennington @EmilyBennington emily@emilybennington.com
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