Episode 015 :: Janice Marturano :: Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership

| February 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Janice Marturano

Janice Marturano joins us to speak about her new book, Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership.

Mindfulness may be though of less as a technique so much as a way of engaging with every moment in our lives. As such, it is finding a home in everything we do, and we can bring compassionate awareness into some places we might not have considered while wearing our stress reduction goggles. Certainly stress reduction can be an outcome of our regular practice, but how can we bring that into how we think of leadership? And what do we even mean by leadership? Maybe our job title isn’t what shows us to be leaders, but what we do, every moment, in our daily lives.

Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and leadership excellence. She founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership in January, 2011, after ending her 15 year tenure as Vice President, Public Responsibility and Deputy General Counsel for General Mills, Inc. Janice was a strategic leader within General Mills before leaving to dedicate herself full time to the Institute. While a corporate officer at General Mills, she co-developed the very first mindful leadership curricula at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness where she served as a volunteer member of the Advisory Board. As a certified teacher of mindfulness and an experienced former officer of a Fortune 200 company, she has brought the intensive training of mindful leadership to leaders from all forms of organizations-corporate, non-profit, academic, government and military. In 2013, she was invited to share her understanding of the importance of mindful leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


Today’s quote is from Janice Marturano’s book, “Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership” —

“As you develop a meditation practice that sensitizes you to emotional content, you also become more familiar with how emotions influence your actions. As a result of suppressing your emotions less and taking the time to see them more clearly, you begin to detect the influence emotions have on your behavior. Perhaps you begin to notice that you become very short-tempered right after you feel the butterflies in your stomach. You might become aware that the butterflies appear when you’re unsure about a situation, and this feeling of insecurity leads to the short temper. The next time you notice the butterflies, can you feel your temper rising and make a more skillful choice before you erupt?

“Little by little, we can all begin to learn more about who we are, and how we behave. As we open ourselves to what is here, and stop expending energy pushing away or trying to deny what we’re feeling, we find a bit of space in which we can intentionally choose our next step. We respond to the realities of our lives more consistently..” p. 141



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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90's, and has studied in classroom, seminar, and retreat formats for various contemplative practices, including mindfulness and its foundations, concentration, friendliness, and compassion practices. His background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, and he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions. Ted works at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society doing community development and teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.

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