Performance, Wellness & Mindfulness

Will You Fit Where You're Going?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 21, 2017 11:17:03 AM / by Chris Altizer posted in performance and wellness, executive coaching

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Executives and others change jobs often, up to ten times for baby boomers according to HBR, and this article was in 2010. The article Managing Yourself, Five Ways to Bungle a Job Change outlines the five most common missteps, including not doing enough homework to include cultural fit, and overestimating oneself. The bottom line from the authors is simple, “Perhaps the best protection against career-management mistakes is self-awareness.” 

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Are You Mindfully Safe 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30, 2017 4:08:30 PM / by Chris Altizer posted in mindfulness

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Mindfully Safe on the Road?

Simple practices of personal safety you’ll likely never need – especially when you practice them


It surprises some that a couple teaching yoga, meditation, teamwork and leadership also teaches self-defense. "Not very mindful," teased a friend. But Mindfully Safe is about being just that. We believe the world is almost always a generous and forgiving place. However, there are moments and situations with actors where it is not. We won't live our lives in fear or paranoia, but we can and will reduce the risks of being a victim. 

Our training and experiences have proven more than once that being aware, prudent and confident makes one unattractive to the rare but real dangers that can come with travel far or near. After training scores of young people, college students and adults in our karate instructor roles, we created Mindfully Safe for people who travel a lot.

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+20,000 Dow, Pro-Business Administration, Promising De-regulation – Why You Should Worry

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 8, 2017 8:05:19 PM / by Chris Altizer posted in leaderership

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The pace of change is ballistic and top talent is wearing out - and has options...

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Recently, an on-the-beach CEO I know shared he has 6 CEO opportunities beckoning from his in-box. “Nice problem to have, eh?” he mused. As we talked, though, something became clear. Problem? Yes. Nice – maybe not…

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Keep Your Team Mindfully Centered - Just Breathe

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 3, 2017 9:28:23 AM / by Chris Altizer posted in mindfulness, mindfully centered, Mindfully teaming

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Set an intention and breathe for team performance.

When the going gets tough, teams often forget Benjamin Franklin’s advice on collaboration: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” In business as in revolution, that advice is as sound as any – yet not always followed. A study from the American Psychological Association formally concluded about team failure something most leaders have known, “It's because stress brings on a loss of team perspective – the sense of "we-ness" that helps team members connect and coordinate to get the job done.”

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Set an Intentional Resolution

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2017 11:33:48 AM / by Chris Altizer posted in mindfulness, intention

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You may have made some New Year’s Resolutions - or not. The New Year can be a great impetus to change a behavior or attitude that keeps us from being our best. But for most of us, these resolutions fade in the face of the same old demands or the comfort of established habits. 

Intentional Resolutions are more likely to be sustained because you focus first and continuously on the value you are seeking to create. An intentional resolution includes your reason for changing the behavior. It might be obvious, but change is work and work needs a reason. It needs a why. So before you resolve your What and How, resolve your Why.

  • Did you resolve to exercise more? Is it to avoid or prevent injury? To sleep more restfully? To share an activity with another? To feel better? To live longer?
  • Did you resolve to eat smarter? Is to increase energy? To weigh less? To change your appearance? To move with ease? To improve your health?
  • Did you resolve to "relax" more? Is it to reduce your immediate stress level? To lower your blood pressure? To increase your ability to focus? Do you know how to breathe - really?
  • Did you resolve to meditate? Is it to train your mind to be still? To visualize and facilitate success? To calm your entire self? To open yourself to ideas?
  • Did you resolve to work more effectively with others? Is it to get more done with less effort? To be more productive? To improve communication or problem-solving?
  • Did you resolve to lead more effectively? Is it to increase your influence? To improve conditions for others? To be more respected? To achieve your mission?

If you’ve made your resolutions, take time to reflect on the value you hope to gain or give by achieving them. Each time the opportunity arises to act out your resolution, reinforce it by stating your intention - ideally aloud and to others. 

If you're not into resolutions, think about your intentions for 2017. The 1,000 mile journey begins with the first step. The right first step is your own intention.

Ready to Set an Intentional Resolution?

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Stick and Stones Can Break My Bones, and Words Can Hurt Your Company (and you)

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 22, 2016 10:38:00 AM / by Chris Altizer posted in mindfulness, stress, leaderership

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I read Michael Schrage's December 16, 2016 HRB post Great CEOs See the Importance of Being Understood and re-read his October 21, 2016  post, Why You Shouldn't Swear at Siri" and was once again reminded of the power of language. These are short, great reads - highly recommended.

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What Mindfulness Is Not...

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 19, 2016 9:50:40 AM / by Chris Altizer posted in mindfulness

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In our experience and as any review of current commentary shows, perceptions of mindfulness and mindfulness practices varies. Some perceive it as fringe, religious, unfocused, or overly tolerant.[i] In Mindfully Teaming, we position mindfulness and mindful practices as increasingly common, secular, attentive and aware, and appropriately empathetic. Since it’s sometimes useful to define something by what it is not as well as by what it is, we position mindfulness as not being these things – particularly in teams or organizations.

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The Discipline of No

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 14, 2016 8:24:32 AM / by Chris Altizer posted in executive performance, leaderership, discipline

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In nearly 30 years, I have never had leadership clients ask me what they should do with their spare time. However, they do regularly share that there’s simply too much to do. They also talk about best practices or changing something for better results. In quieter moments, some will talk about the same challenges in their personal lives. So our project portfolios, to-do lists and New Year resolutions continue to pile up – along with the stress of not “getting it all done.” The problem with priorities is that new ones don’t kick old ones off the list. Despite all the tools and methods to be found, as Ron Ashkenas wrote in HBR, it’s simple yet hard for companies. And so it is for leaders seeking balance in their lives. This is where the Discipline of No (DON) comes in.

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Is the Honeymoon Over?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2016 8:58:54 AM / by Chris Altizer posted in executive performance

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Keeping Your Routine as a Road Warrior: Part 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 29, 2016 1:57:51 PM / by Anne Altizer posted in mindfulness, road warrior, Mindfully teaming

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Exercise – Yes, You Can

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