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The Mindful Leader

Michael Carroll | 56:58


It's particularly relevant given everything that's going on in the financial markets and on Wall Street. A year ago, I was at the Wharton School to do some recruiting for Google, when in the pen bookstore, I saw this book, the mindful leader, and it drew my attention.

Because mindfulness as a practice is something that's important, but we associate with a monastery or an ashram. And leadership is something we think of in terms of the boardroom or organizations. So the juxtaposition of those two words caught my eye and eye toward the book, as you can see from the all the bookmarks and highlighting, and ask the leadership team to invite Michael to come and speak here. Now Michael, is very well suited to this topic. He spent over two decades on Wall Street, and in the publishing industry worked for Shearson, Lehman Brothers, Paine, Webber, Walt Disney, and Simon Shuster.

He's also spent 35 years meditating. And as a meditation teacher of 35 years meditating, maybe he'll talk about how he does that, but in the practice, and he is a meditation teacher in the lineage of Tibetan meditation master chew gum, Trump, ah, you also teach us on this topic of being a mindful leader at Wharton, Columbia and many other institutions. What is going on currently is there is a new generation of business leaders looking towards mindfulness as, excuse me as a practice to develop their leadership talent, a technique for learning to live in the present moment, and how individuals can gain clarity, reduce stress, optimize, optimize performance, and develop a greater sense of well being. So in this talk, Michael will lead us through how mindfulness based training can help us make become better human beings, better leaders, and hopefully better Googlers as well. With that, please help me welcome microcarpa.

Well, needless to say, thank you very much, Gopi. For for this, and Alana, as well. Where's Alana? Here? There she is. Thank you very much for all this hard work and your invitation. I also want to thank everyone here, you folks here with a little story just, I was last night having my dinner at a little bar in town somewhere.

And I struck up a conversation with the fella next to me. And he says, What are you doing in town? And I said, Well, I'm gonna give a little lecture. Tomorrow, we had a little conversation at Google, you know. And he says to me, I tell you, that little white box that those guys put on the computers really great, would you thank them for me. 

So I would like to thank you. I know behind the scenes, you guys are doing a ton. But but there's a lot of us out there. That's just a little white box. And it's a fantastic thing that you guys have done. So I want to thank you all on behalf of the guy in the bar, myself and probably millions of other people for the great service that you have done in this emerging society. So thank you very much. So we have a short time together. And what I'd like to do is really go over just a few points, not too many about what distinguishes this approach to leadership. I would, I will, then I'm going to give you meditation instruction in this particular style of meditation.

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