Ingrained (Indiana Kelley)

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There’s something slightly poetic about the idea of mindfulness in the American “heartland.” When the center of a nation is more, well, centered, it seems to bode well for all of us. Even more so, when you hear that it’s being included as a formal part of a multi-dimensional leadership development program for future global business leaders, you might just feel downright optimistic – no small miracle these days. At Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Eric Johnson and Ray Luther are arming their MBA students with the tools they need to lead in challenging times: personal vision, fitness, compassion, and you guessed it – mindfulness.  Read More


#MBAsOpenUp*

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Let’s see if this sounds about right to you. Mindful people are centered and calm. Because they’re calm, they’re also pretty quiet. They don’t like to ruffle feathers, so they avoid conflict and never express challenging thoughts or ideas. Does that sound spot-on? If you’re nodding yes, don’t be alarmed, but…the answer is, not necessarily.  In fact, the more you practice mindfulness, the harder it can be to keep your opinions to yourself.  Read More


Centered city (NYU)

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There are few places in the world more vibrant than New York City. When you combine the powerful influences of the city with the epic transition of the college or graduate school years, you’ve got yourself a recipe for an exciting but potentially bumpy, and overwhelming, ride. During a time of life that is already full of critical decisions, how do you make choices when – quite literally – everything is at your fingertips? How do you manage the internal flux typical of those years when the local environment is one of constant stimulation?

If you’re lucky enough to be a student at New York University (NYU), you may get really overwhelmed, but then…you know just where to go to catch your breath.  Read More


Change of scenery: Wharton’s LeadUp

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By now you probably know that I appreciate a mindfulness habit. I encourage the people I teach to look for even small ways to incorporate some kind of meditation, movement, or other type of mindfulness into as many days a week as possible. Research has shown that 10-15 minutes of meditation consistently throughout the week is more effective at improving self-regulation than more sporadic, longer practices. But, I’m more than familiar with the various ways life can get in the way of the best intentions. Whether you’re new to mindfulness or a seasoned practitioner, sometimes the best way to (re)start is by diving all the way in for some full immersion, and taking yourself off the grid for a few. Read More