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26 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Marc Lesser. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Marc Lesser, often where they are interviewed.

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

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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.

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Aug 05 2020 · 45mins
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Becoming a Mindful Leader with Marc Lesser

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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]


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Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen

May 28 2020 · 50mins

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「靜下來工作 _ Marc Lesser」(20200506)

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Mr.Big 網路廣播:「靜下來工作」 主持人:郭至楨 受訪者:陳美宮 (天下生活出版 副主編)
在今日這種凡事講求速度與效率,事物千變萬化且壓力超大的工作環境中, 您是否經常會對工作熱情感到鈍化,倦怠感,在職場中總覺得自己未受到重視,難以融入團隊中,無論怎麼做都無法獲得主管的滿意,甚至連自己都不滿意,導致引發各種職場上不愉快的衝突。
又如果您是一個組織的管理者,該如何帶領管理好一個團隊,建立良好的互動、溝通與共同協作的默契,此外還得讓團隊們彼此關心,對於這樣的任務與責任,您是否會感到莫大的壓力,覺得這根本就是一項「不可能的任務嘛!」
我熱愛我的工作嗎? 我該如何提升工作效能? 我該如何帶領變管理好我的團隊? 我的人際關係為何會如此糟糕? 我該如何找回自信心與工作熱情?
這一連串問題的解決方案,試試《靜下來工作》吧!
《靜下來工作》這本書的作者,馬可・雷瑟 (Marc Lesser) 投入禪修多年, 目前為 Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (塔薩加拉禪宗山中心) 會長。 曾在 Google、Twitter 和 SAP 等多家國際知名企業或組織內,協助企業進行內部員工的正念與情緒智商計畫。
《靜下來工作》便是作者與 Google團隊共同合作開發出來的七項覺知的練習,這是一種自我修習「搜尋內在自我」與「正念領導力」的精髓。
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May 21 2020 · 19mins
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Building Character and Way of Being - the Path to Authenticity, with Marc Lesser

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“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]

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Maria’s Website: https://www.onaugh.com

May 09 2020 · 41mins

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#18: Marc Lesser on Bringing the Zen Mindset to Life

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Marc Lesser is a Zen Priest, mindfulness teacher, and executive coach that helps people bring the Zen mindset to work and life. After 10 years of living in a monastery, Marc has gone on to lead world-renowned programs on mindfulness and emotional intelligence around the world, and now discusses finding joy and becoming mindful on this show.

Max Out Insights:
Life is not about finding the big treasure, but experiencing the joy along the journey
Accepting what is includes accepting the pain of what is
Relationships are key to team performance
If you don`t have 10 years to live in a monastery, make your home a monastery and take time each day to sit in stillness
The 7 Practices of the Mindful Leader
Love the work
Do the work
Don`t be an expert
Connect to your pain
Connect to the pain of others
Depend on others
Keep making it simpler

Max Out Quotes:
“Does it really matter if I win if I don`t let myself really give it my best?”
“In order to improve, you need to let go of the way you are doing it now.”
Apr 25 2020 · 55mins
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Marc Lesser: Finding Ground In Uncertain Times | Ep #14

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The world has moved to practicing physical/social distancing & working remotely in a matter of weeks. BetterManager invited a very special guest, Zen teacher & Executive Coach, Marc Lesser, to talk about how to find solid ground in times of uncertainty.

Visit: BetterManager for show notes and available downloads.

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Mar 26 2020 · 35mins
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#57 – Marc Lesser

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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. www.marclesser.net.

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.


Connect with Marc Lesser:

https://www.marclesser.net/

Get Marc's book - https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Practices-Mindful-Leader-Monastery/dp/1608685195/

https://twitter.com/marclesser


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Feb 19 2020 · 52mins
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EP03: Exploring the Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader with Marc Lesser

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Marc Lesser is a CEO, Zen teacher, and author who leads trainings and talks worldwide. Shortly after completing his MBA, he was invited to help develop the celebrated Search Inside Yourself program at Google which introduced thousands of Google engineers to the benefits of mindfulness.

Marc went on to serve as CEO and co-founder of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and currently leads mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs at many of the world’s leading organizations.

I love the way that Marc has brought mindfulness practices such as developing awareness and effective listening, strengthening curiosity and compassion so successfully into business and leadership.

In our dialogue we discuss:

* Marc’s journey from running a Zen monastery kitchen to teaching mindfulness at Google following the realization that although he was a Zen student he was also managing a business and involved in leadership.

* How we’re all leaders because leadership is fundamentally about influence and becoming aware of how we influence and are influenced by others as we work together to create positive change and move towards a shared vision.

* The essence of mindfulness and how it leads to developing awareness, effective listening, emotional intelligence, curiosity and compassion, not just for business success but also in relation to the future of humanity.

* The significance of searching and finding, and how to develop the courage to let go in order to untangle the tangles of stories we tell ourselves to explore deeper levels of understanding and creative insight.

* The seven practices as a roadmap for leadership and for life culminating in Practice #7: Keep Making it Simpler which enables us to avoid distractions and examine what we truly care about in the depths of our heart.

For more information about Marc, visit www.marclesser.net

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Jan 29 2020 · 38mins
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141: Basics of Business Mindfulness with Marc Lesser

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“You must learn one thing - the world was made to be free in.” David Whyte


Holly interviews Marc Lesser, executive coach, speaker and author who has been at the forefront of this movement before it was on the radar, Marc Lesser, often dispels the myth that this is a new idea to bring mindfulness into work. 


Dōgen Zenji, the founder of Zen in Japan, wrote a treatise on bringing mindfulness into work. It was written as instructions to the head cook. Lesser ironically found himself as a head cook in a monastery, so he took this to heart early on. Dōgen writes that one should always work with three minds; joy mind, grandmother mind and wise mind. 


Marc’s explains his definition of mindfulness: Mindfulness is humanness - being curious about the human dilemma. 


Questions Holly and Marc explore are:

  • What does it mean to be fully human?
  • How has the definition of mindfulness changed?
  • How can this support me in becoming a more effective leader?
  • What is the difference between effectiveness and wellness?
  • What is the silliest or most stern objection that you’ve gotten regarding mindfulness?
  • Is meditation the only tool to be mindful or are there other tools? 
  • Is there truly a way to have work life balance?


Marc shared a story about leading a group of high level executives through meditation and mindfulness practices under the guise of “attention” training; being present with their breath and taking time to stop and be present. He wants to bring awareness to executives and their teams that everything they do and everything they don’t do, and everything they say and they don’t say will have influence. Marc’s continued practice is bringing awareness to the influence that executives have within their companies and business circles.


As a former employee with Google, Marc shared that Google adopted mindfulness practices into their core wellness initiative. Marc admits that he has a bias toward meditation as the main tool to implement mindfulness. He says, “Meditate with your monkey mind!” and Holly follows with “give it a cookie, thank it for showing up, and go back to your practice.” 


He says that burnout is being out of alignment, with values, with the true nature of business and how people get lost in how business can blur the lines of ethics and caring for people. Some sense of full alignment is aspirational. Marc’s favorite quote: “Be joyful though you’ve considered all the facts.” Wendell Berry. In the midst of the gaps that exist, be committed to considering all the facts, make decisions and go with the facts that you with in the present moment. 


Marc shares the seven practices from his book Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader.


  • Love the work. 
  • Do the work.
  • Don’t be an expert.
  • Connect to your pain.
  • Connect to pain of others.
  • Depend on others.
  • Keep making it simpler.


If you can focus on the first and the last, love what it is you’re doing and continue doing it with heart. Alignment comes when you find all the ways to make it simpler by eliminating all the distractions and only focus on what is most important in the moment. 


Marc’s focus for 2020 is to help social leaders with mindful meditation combined with mindful finance and operations - combining the inner and outer work to get the work done. 


You can find out more about Marc at https://www.marclesser.net/


Marc leaves the listener with “I wish we would spend more time promoting peace,” as well as a line from poet, David Whyte, “You must learn one thing - the world was made to be free in.”

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Jan 06 2020 · 34mins
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Best of Anxiety Slayer: How to cultivate mindfulness and calm anxiety with Marc Lesser

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Today Shann has the pleasure of sharing our most popular interview in 2019. Introducing Zen Teacher and CEO, Marc Lesser. Marc is the Cofounder of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and the author of Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader - Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen and several other books. Marc leads mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs at many of the world’s leading businesses and offers trainings and talks worldwide.

We begin our conversation by talking about the origin of mindfulness and Marc's inspiration for writing his new book and the delve into the following topics. 

  • How Marc's book can support business leaders who struggle with anxiety.
  • The Dalai Lama and Anxiety
  • How to begin a mindfulness practice
  • The importance of connecting to our pain
  • How simplifying your life can open you to more mindfulness

You can get a copy of Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader at Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Dec 20 2019 · 37mins
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