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Leading Mindfully


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An overview of techniques for Leading Mindfully along with resources from some of the great leaders of our time.

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Leading Mindfully

  1. 1. Dr. Lynn K. Jones Antioch Seminar 1-30-10 Leading Mindfully
  2. 2. Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Work Performance by David Rock “Your brain craves patterns and searches for them endlessly.” ~Thomas B. Czierner What do you notice about these patterns?
  3. 3. Can someone else think for you?
  4. 4. Appreciative Inquiry With your partner, think of a time when you had an “Ah Ha Moment” that you found energizing and motivated you to take action.  What was it? Describe it? What connections did you make? What pictures did you have in your mind?  What helped you make the connections? Did anyone contribute to your thinking in some way?  Describe the energy level and actions you took as a result of having this revelation.
  5. 5. Mind Map It! Tony Buzan
  6. 6. Now You Try It!
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  8. 8. How Can you Work Smarter? How can you use your brain for Level 3 activities??
  9. 9. “What we pay attention to, and how we pay attention, determines the content and quality of life.” ~Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  10. 10. Problem Focus vs. Solution Focus  Why didn’t you hit your targets?  Why did this happen?  Why do you think you’re not good at this?  What’s wrong with your team?  Why did you do that?  Who is responsible for this?  Why isn’t this working?  What do you need to do next time to hit your targets?  What do you want to achieve here?  What do you need to move this forward?  How can you develop strength in this area?  What does your team need to do to win?  What do you want to do next?  Who can achieve this?  What do we need to do to make this work?
  11. 11. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on flow
  12. 12. When are you in FLOW?? How can you put more of your life in the flow channel?
  13. 13. “We hear what we listen for.”
  14. 14. Practice Listening for Potential Talk with your partner about how their week has been. While your partner speaks, listen for their strengths, for what they are passionate about, for whom they could become, for what their potential is, not just who are what they are.
  15. 15. “Our thinking depends on the quality of our attention for each other.” ~Nancy Kline  Attention is the act of listening with palpable respect, with genuine interest, and without interruption.  Attention of this caliber is the most essential Component of a Thinking Environment because the quality of your attention determines the quality of other people's thinking.
  16. 16. Your Assignment due at the end of the quarter! 1. Get a bench mark of your listening skill and your ability to create a thinking environment. Take the online assessment at and reflect in writing on the results. 2. For the next 4 weeks keep a journal about “listening.” How has your ability to listen improved? Have you stopped solving others problems, and given them a chance to solve their own? What was your experience of that? What seemed to be different for them as a result? 3. Take the online assessment after 4 weeks. Have any of your 9 priorities changed? Are there any changes after being attentive to listening for 4 weeks? 4. Write a 4 page paper that summarizes the results from your thinking environment assessment at the