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Seven Practices of Mindful Leadership

Marc Lesser | 50:42


Well, good afternoon. In kind of contemplative, and actually, it's now I think it's more and more happening here. At Google and other places, we should start with one minute of arriving. Right?

Just stopping, just noticing what it's like to be here. Noticing the body, noticing that you're breathing. Arriving, just arriving. Simple, profound. Practice. And maybe asking yourself, what brought me here? Today? Why am I here? And you can you can answer that. Literally, or poetically. Why am I here? Why am I here? In this room to be why am I here? On this planet? And then maybe the other question to reflect on is, why am I really here? What's underneath what's underneath that? As much as you can hear, in this busy workday to allow yourself to drop in, feel your body, feel your breath, noticing what it's like to be here? What is it like right now? To be alive?

 Breathing, thinking, feeling the whole experience, just allowing it allowing yourself to experience your full experience. And then let's come back. So I'll come back. Well, welcome. So I want to start today with kind of one of my current kind of favorite saying, which is, if you're not cultivating trust, you're cultivating cynicism. If you're not cultivating trust, you're cultivating cynicism. This is particularly true, I think, in the workplace. But I think it's true in general, in our lives, and in our relationships, that cynicism is easy, cynicism is kind of the default mode, I think of human human emotion, and in a certain in a certain way. Trust, trust takes work. And I want to bring in someone who was a colleague, and a good friend of mine who worked here at Google for many, many years, his name is Mario, some of you probably know, Mario. So I think it's worth just a little bit of background about Mario. Mario grew up in Spain, and was passionate about how the human brain and how the human mind worked.

So mario went on to get his MD degree, Mario became a doctor. And he was very disappointed to find that doctors don't know how the brain works. So He then got his PhD in neuroscience. And again, was somewhat disappointed to find out that neuroscientists, they don't know how the brain works. He then got passionate about storytelling and filmmaking, and got his master's degree in, in filmmaking. And after that was hired by Google as a filmmaker, right?

Only Google right would hire MD PhD as a filmmaker. But his first couple of weeks here, he was walking by the main auditorium. And so a lot of people there and he walked in. And he proceeded to see someone sitting on a seat giving a talk that there were hundreds of people listening to. And he immediately said, there's someone who knows how the brain works. There's someone who knows how the human mind works. It was Vietnamese Zen teacher, tick, not Han. And this actually kind of changed Mario's life.

And it was right around that time that I was one of the people helping to develop the Search Inside Yourself program here at Google and Mario immediately was was in one of the early classes. Mario, the reason I bring Mario Up Now is he was very fond of saying that, that we human beings are descendants of the nervous apes.

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