Suppose you read about a pill that you could take once a day to reduce anxiety and increase your contentment. Would you take it? Suppose further that the pill has a great variety of side effects, all of them good: increased self-esteem, empathy, and trust; it even improves memory. Suppose, finally, that the pill is all natural and costs nothing. Now would you take it? The pill exists. It’s called meditation.

Jonathan Haidt
The Happiness Hypothesis

The Secret Sauce of Mindful Leadership

My family and I love BBQ Ribs. When summer hits we have a tradition where we attend a number of the Rib Festivals (aka Rib Fest) in the area. We enjoy sampling the various recipes trying to find the perfect rib sauce.

Each vendor claims that their rib sauce is the best. Their goal during the festival is to win the coveted “Best Rib Sauce” trophy.

The recipes for these rib sauces are a closely guarded secret. The challenge is trying to figure out what the secret ingredients that are in the best rib sauces.

And just like rib sauce, there is a secret ingredient to Leadership.

The Wheel of Life

A Work / Life Balance Self-Assessment Tool

The Wheel of Life is a simple self-assessment tool that can give you a visual look at the areas in your life that you are neglecting and where you are doing well. It’s a common tool used by life coaches to help define the priorities for their clients. I use it as a personal self-assessment tool to gauge how I am doing within my key areas of focus.