Finding the Space to Lead

Finding the Space to Lead

A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership

Book - 2014
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Based on scientific research, this practical business resource, written by an executive with decades of experience in Fortune 500 corporations, shows leaders how to integrate the practice of mindfulness--meditation and self-awareness--with effective techniques of management and mentorship.

McMillan Palgrave

Executives and leaders from all over North America, and at Davos, have sought out Janice Marturano's mindful leadership training. Finding the Space to Lead brings it to readers everywhere.

The complexity and relentless pace of our world places exceptional demands on leaders today. They work incredibly hard and yet feel that they are not meeting their own expectations of excellence. They feel disconnected from their own values and overburdened. By the thousands, they seek out books on leadership skills, time management, and “getting things done,” but the techniques these volumes offer, useful as they are, don't often don't speak to the leader's fundamental sense that something is missing.

Janice Marturano, a senior executive with decades of experience in Fortune 500 corporations, explains how Mindful Leadership training integrates the practice of mindfulness-meditation and self-awareness-with the practical tools of management, enabling leaders to bring a wider range of their capacities to the challenges at hand. We already know from scientific research that mindfulness practices enhance mental health and improve clarity and focus. FINDING THE SPACE shows how this training has specific value for leaders.

This is not a new “leadership system” to add to the burden of already overworked people. It brings the concepts of mindfulness into the everyday life of anyone in a leadership role, through specific exercises that address practical issues-the calendar, schedule, phone usage, meetings, to-do list, and strategic planning, as well as interpersonal challenges such as listening and working with difficult colleagues.

Leaders who have experienced mindfulness training report that it provides a “transformative experience” with significant improvements in innovation, self-awareness, listening, and making better decisions. In FINDING THE SPACE TO LEAD, Marturano masterfully lays out her proven techniques for promoting mindfulness in the busy executive's working life.

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In a writing style accessible to all, author Marturano, a Wall Street veteran and director of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, presents brief, simple mindfulness and self-awareness exercises designed to improve concentration, support decision making, increase listening and people skills, and lead to innovative ideas. In addition to walking and sitting meditations, the author describes body and emotional awareness exercises, and suggests “purposeful pauses” that encourage readers to reflect on experiences throughout the day. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Shows leaders how to integrate the practice of mindfulness, meditation, and self-awareness with effective techniques of management and mentorship.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Press,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781620402474
Characteristics: xii, 195 pages ; 25 cm


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cmlibrary_jhenry Mar 10, 2016

An easy to read book explaining why leaders need space in their busy days for mindful practices. The text also supplies easy to follow "how to" guides to make this happen. (The author is the founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership.)


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