March 30, 2018
Mindfulness and Leadership

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I hope you enjoyed spending time at the Lowe Art Museum.

This week's readings explore mindful leadership from the perspective of the leader, an organization's leadership, and the organization itself. The writing assignments for this week consists of a series of very short reflections. This will allow you to zero in on some topics we'll be discussing in class and allow you time to focus on your paper.
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This week we will have the wonderful opportunity to spend time with Jason Goldstein, exploring leadership and the practice of law.

Jason, a 2011 Miami Law graduate, is managing partner of Richards Goldstein LLP, where he specializes in aviation law. In 2008, Jason was one of the first law students to participate in a mindfulness class. Prior to law school, Jason was a commodities broker after which he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and an international aviation corporation. You can learn more about Jason by clicking here.
Below I set forth points to consider/reflect on in anticipation of our class discussion, or to answer in writing. Note that some readings are optional or you are only asked to read a small portion. Feel free to use this one pager for your written assignment. Please do your best to keep your responses to one page.

Readings and Reflections

—George, B. "The Power of Mindful Leadership," HuffPost (July 17, 2016).

(George identifies the importance of both the head (IQ) and the heart (EQ). Be attentive this week to a situation where you may find yourself significantly overweighting one over the other. How was it affecting your decision making? Be prepared to discuss in class.)

—Reitz, M., & Chaskalson, M. "How to bring Mindfulness to Your Company's Leadership," Mindful (Dec. 8, 2016).

(Having observed your own experience and challenges with mindfulness, what one "tip" for designing a mindfulness program would you offer a friend (after all, they are an "organization". . . of cells) to help them get started, and what helpful "guidance" might you offer them to help them remain motivated? Craft a short answer in writing.)

—"Practicing Mindful Leadership". Association for Talent Development

(Optional Reading)

— Williams, R. "The 7 Habits of Highly Mindful Leaders" Psychology Today (May 4, 2016).

(For each of the 7 habits identified on the third page of the article, rate yourself on a scale from 1(low)-5(high). Write this on the face of article and be prepared to discuss in class)

—Marturano, J., "Reduce the Noise, Capture the Signal," in Mindful Leadership.

(On pages 68-70, Marturano shares a mindful listening practice developed by Gregory Kramer, known as Insight Dialogue. It is a 4-step process that many find to be very useful. Practice this exercise with a friend, family member or colleague. You either can let them know you want to practice it, or they need not know. Be prepared to discuss your experience and to demonstrate/practice in class.)

—Salzberg, S., "Integrity" from Real Happiness at Work. (Note: Reading is optional except the story "What is Our Work" pp. 192-194)

(Reflect on how the "What is Our Work" story relates to what we explored at the Lowe, and connect it to working with clients and even opposing counsel. Be prepared to discuss your thoughts in class).

Hougaard R., and Carter, J., "If You Aspire to Be Great Leader, Be Present," (Dec. 13, 2017).

(Reflect on how the first two paragraphs of this article connect to our experience and discussion at the Lowe. Turning to the section on "Embodied Presence," given that you are a busy person, how might this be relevant to you—right now in your life? Is there a specific mindfulness practice you have learned this semester that helps facilitate a feeling of "embodied presence?" Craft a short answer in writing.)

—"Billionaire Ray Dalio Credits Meditation for Success"

(Dalia says that through meditation (a cousin to mindfulness called transcendental meditation) he acquired the insight that one of the biggest obstacles to rational decision-making was the "desire to prove oneself right and other wrong." Do you think there is a difference between "proving someone wrong" and the "desire" to prove someone wrong? If so, what is it and why might being able to tell the difference matter?
Craft a short answer in writing.)

Dalia also comments on how the activity of the brain influences us. Please review the article
"How the Brain Changes" that we read for our second class. You may access it by clicking here as well.

—Judge Goodman Order on Procaps' Motion top Clarify or Correct"

(Included are only pages 1 and 7. Read page 7).

Note: There is nothing you need to do with regard to the Mindful Leadership Practice page found at the end of the handout. We will discuss in class on Friday.
Snow Globe/Spiral and Going Nuts
This week be very attentive to when your amygdala becomes a little active, and also to the potentially beneficial role of deliberately engaging your pre-frontal cortex and becoming more aware and/or practicing mindfulness. Bring your walnut to class.

Mindfulness Practice
Use Insight Timer and practice mindfulness each day for anywhere between 3 and 20 minutes. Following from our class discussion, approach the practice as one of "being aware" (which you already are) and less as an effort to concentrate or relax. In addition to practicing mindfulness specifically, feel free to do whatever other practices you choose.

Gratitude Practice
Practice Gratitude this week however you choose. Watch the below video at least once and notice those aspects which speak to connecting with the "goodness" of this life, as it is, by being present—and also for the ways in which we can feel grateful for the gifts we have and continue to receive—like eyes that open and can see, and clean drinking water. Pay attention to gratitude as a thought—and gratitude as a feeling—and the way that the two can come together.
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Aspiration for Class: Lead Yourself so that your Intentions and Conduct May Better Align.