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JwJ Encore: Mindfulness is KEY to Leadership with Marc Lesser

Jamming with Jason Mefford

You've probably heard the term "mindfulness" but does it have any place in corporate #leadership?? Top organizations all around the world are starting to embrace the concept, so this week I'm talking with Marc Lesser on the #JammingwithJason #podcast. I met Marc several years ago at the Mindful Workplace Summit in northern California who not only has been studying and practicing mindfulness for decades, but he's also been the CEO of several companies, so he knows exactly how mindfulness fits into corporate leadership. And since command and control, dictator style leadership hurts people, organizations, and is dying... wouldn't you rather learn how to embrace the future of leadership? Marc Lesser is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. He is the author of 4 books, including Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, and CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive development and leadership consulting company.  Marc helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training for leaders which teaches the art of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy for creating great corporate cultures and a better world.  He founded and was CEO of 3 companies, and has an MBA degree from New York University. Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world. He leads Mill Valley Zen, a weekly meditation group. Learn more about Marc at: https://marclesser.net/ Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason194/

54mins

11 Sep 2021

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Mindfulness is KEY to Leadership with Marc Lesser

Jamming with Jason Mefford

You've probably heard the term "mindfulness" but does it have any place in corporate #leadership?? Top organizations all around the world are starting to embrace the concept, so this week I'm talking with Marc Lesser on the #JammingwithJason #podcast. I met Marc several years ago at the Mindful Workplace Summit in northern California who not only has been studying and practicing mindfulness for decades, but he's also been the CEO of several companies, so he knows exactly how mindfulness fits into corporate leadership. And since command and control, dictator style leadership hurts people, organizations, and is dying... wouldn't you rather learn how to embrace the future of leadership? Marc Lesser is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. He is the author of 4 books, including Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, and CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive development and leadership consulting company.  Marc helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training for leaders which teaches the art of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy for creating great corporate cultures and a better world.  He founded and was CEO of 3 companies, and has an MBA degree from New York University. Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world. He leads Mill Valley Zen, a weekly meditation group. Learn more about Marc at: https://marclesser.net/ Listen in at: http://www.jasonmefford.com/jammingwithjason/

54mins

3 Aug 2021

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#122: The Essential Qualities of Mindful Leaders with Marc Lesser

Digital Mindfulness

Marc Lesser, author and former CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute talks with Digital Mindfulness about his new book and the benefits of mindful leadership in a digitised world.

49mins

5 Apr 2021

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Season 4, Episode 2: Physician Wellness featuring Marc Lesser

IAOMS Podcast Series

Marc Lesser sits down with IAOMS Education Consultant Debra Zabloudil to discuss mindfulness, meditation practice,  work environments and additional issues surrounding physician wellness and COVID-19. 

34mins

29 Mar 2021

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Conversations with Charlie Dyer, Guest: Marc Lesser

Conversations with Charlie Dyer

Mindfulness has exploded in popularity in recent years, but someone’s interest in mindfulness does not necessarily translate into that person becoming a mindful leader. Understanding mindfulness can be challenging; even more difficult is making it a regular practice in your everyday life. These ancient practices were not developed in order to improve business. They are meant to shift our consciousness and way of being in the world. Yet our Marc Lesser says these practices are essential to mindful leadership and to creating the type of supportive organizational culture that allows business and people to thrive.  

22mins

8 Mar 2021

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54 Mindful Leadership with Marc Lesser Author of Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen

MindBodySpace

Marc Lesser is a coach, grandfather, CEO of ZBA Associates, and the Author of four books. The most recently published book is Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen. Marc asks, "What could your work, and your life, look like if you knew how to stay focused yet flexible, if you got more of the right things done, and if you were helping to create a more peaceful world at the same time?" Marc shares tips on managing uncertainty and understanding that it is a constant truth in life and that as long as we don't resist it, we can be in harmony with not knowing anything with certainty. We discuss his journey of finding zen in college, 10 years at a monastery, becoming an entrepreneur, and finally coming full circle by merging his zen roots with the business of bringing mindfulness into the corporate world. Marc has taught his 7-step proven method to leaders at Google, Genentech, SAP, Facebook, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. Marc along with Chade-Meng Tan and Mirabai Bush develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training for leaders which teaches the art of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy for creating great corporate cultures and a better world. Today's leaders are challenged with a complexity that can lead to stress and burnout. A mindful leader, according to Marc Lesser, Author, speaker, Zen teacher, "maybe one of THE most important competencies in business today if leaders are to move beyond fear, anxiety, nagging self-doubt, and the feeling of constant overwhelm." "All of us are leaders in one way or another. Marc Lesser applies the power of mindfulness and compassion to guiding and bringing the best out of others." Rick Hanson, Ph.D

54mins

15 Nov 2020

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Ep. 365 – Warmhearted Mindfulness with Marc Lesser

Mindrolling with Raghu Markus

Marc Lesser joins Raghu to talk about bringing Zen Buddhism to Google, working with evolutionary fear, cultivating humor and courage, and reclaiming mindfulness as a warmhearted practice.Marc Lesser is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach, known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. He is the author of four books, including his 2019 release, Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen. Marc was the co-founder and CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, featuring a mindfulness program he helped develop within Google. Prior to his business and coaching career, he was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

58mins

6 Nov 2020

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#86: Marc Lesser on Zen Meditation, Practices of a Mindful Leader, Building Inner Strength, and much more!

The Nishant Garg Show

Marc Lesser is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. He is the author of 4 books, including Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, and CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive development and leadership consulting company. Marc helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training for leaders that teaches the art of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy for creating great corporate cultures and a better world. He founded and was CEO of 3 companies, and has an MBA degree from New York University. Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world. He leads Mill Valley Zen, a weekly meditation group. Please enjoy! Please visit https://nishantgarg.me/podcasts for more info. Follow Nishant: Instagram: instagram.com/garg_nishant https://www.facebook.com/NishantMindfulnessMatters/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nishant-garg-b7a20339/ https://twitter.com/nishantgar

45mins

5 Aug 2020

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Becoming a Mindful Leader with Marc Lesser

Love in Action

Marc Lesser is a speaker, executive coach, and the founder and CEO of ZBA Associates, a consulting company specializing in executive development and leadership. He joins Marcel to discuss his recent book, Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, which offers readers a practical framework that they can apply to leadership regardless of their level. The book provides the tools to eliminate fear and self-doubt, shift one’s awareness, and cut out workplace drama.  Mindful leadership involves practicing self-awareness of your feelings and proclivities, as well as becoming comfortable in your own skin, while engaging compassionately with others. “All of business and leadership is essentially helping others,” Marc says. [5:46] The seven practices of a mindful leader are: love the work; do the work; don’t be an expert; connect to your pain; connect to the pain of others; depend on others; and keep making it simpler. [9:25]  Marc argues that we should not avoid difficult things or challenging circumstances, but rather acknowledge them. By connecting with our pain, we find the real jewels within ourselves and gain freedom. It also allows us to better empathize with the pain of others. Marcel shares an experience in which connecting with his pain enabled him to let go of his frustrations. [11:31] Marcel and Marc discuss the individualism of American society and the value of depending on others in the workplace. He notes that cultivating trust and depending on others are related. If trust is not being cultivated, then cynicism is. “Under the veneer of strength and independence, we smell a lack of authenticity,” Marc says, “we can smell when someone’s words and actions are not aligned.” [15:57] A silver lining of the global pandemic is that it has forced people to slow down, accept uncertainty, and go back to what really matters. According to Marc, there is simplicity in accepting what we can’t control. He discusses the value and benefits of meditation. [21:26] Levels of stress accentuates trust in workplaces: in environments where there was little trust, there will be less when people go back out to work, and vice versa. Two important things to consider when building trust are the body and skill. Your words, actions, and body language must align as people will be less likely to trust you if they perceive that you are not genuine. In addition, good communications skills, as well as skills for managing your own emotions, help you to relate better to those in your care. [32:16] Marcel asks Marc why he thinks some leaders still lead through fear. Marc suggests that natural selection allowed for the more cautious apes to evolve into humans, resulting in deep-rooted internalized fear. Mindfulness evolved as a way to cultivate freedom from being driven by fear and desires. Switching from a fear-driven leadership approach to mindful leadership requires highlighting your intentions, noticing how well they align with your actions, and being aware of how others perceive you. [36:00] ResourcesMarc Lesser on LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | InstagramMarcLesser.netSeven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen

50mins

28 May 2020

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Building Character and Way of Being - the Path to Authenticity, with Marc Lesser

The Ontological Leader

“Mindfulness in some way is cultivating our attention, our way of being, that can be a doorway to our own emotional lives, and then our emotional lives can be a doorway to cultivating our leadership ability and toward the possibility of creating great cultures…positive, healing cultures.” – Marc Lesser Marc Lesser is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. He is the author of 4 books, including Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, and CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive development and leadership consulting company.  Highlights from this episode Developing our character is about developing our way of being, or state of mind [7:00] How one develops character, to be able to stay open in times of change [8:00] There is no avoiding discomfort [12:00] Three leadership lessons from Winston Churchill on how to deal with change [12:15] The seven practices of a mindful leader [15:45] The power of not being an expert [21:00] We are in the midst of an enormous transition period [25:30] Self-awareness is the starting point of any change [27:15] All our systems are built on greed and fear …we need systems based on care and fairness [28:30] Men live 10 years less than women [29:30] How to be more resilient when faced with change [31:50] More about Marc Lesser Marc helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training for leaders which teaches the art of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy for creating great corporate cultures and a better world. He founded and was CEO of 3 companies and has an MBA degree from New York University. Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world. He leads Mill Valley Zen, a weekly meditation group. Website: https://www.marclesser.net Quotes “We are comfort seeking creatures and recognizing that is important…we miss a lot by the unwillingness to be uncomfortable, avoiding difficulty and conflict.” [11:08] “Not sugarcoating in a way is like ‘own your discomfort’, ‘own your fear’…it opens the path towards optimism, towards greater meaning and purpose.” [12:00] “If we are going to change systems and cultures, it starts with ourselves.’’ [26:50] “Strong, wise leadership can heave the possibility of helping to align people and get them excited. If we are all in this together, we can create organizations and cultures that work for the greater good, and not just a handful of people.” [28:30] Books mentioned in this episode: Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen The Splendid and the Vile book Maria’s Website: https://www.onaugh.com

41mins

9 May 2020

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