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Marc Lesser: Finding Solid Ground in Uncertain Times (Ep. #14)

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Building Better Managers Podcast Episode 14 - Marc Lesser

Building Better Managers Podcast Episode #14: Finding Solid Ground in Uncertain Times

Recent events have changed business and personal life in a matter of weeks. The world has moved to practicing physical/social distancing, and working remotely. At BetterManager, we are trying to use our experience to support our clients, customers, and the world, so we decided to invite a very special guest, Marc Lesser, to talk about how to find solid ground in times of uncertainty.

In this episode:

Meet Marc Lesser

  • Bio & Background
  • Zen, Leadership & the ZBA

Staying Calm in Challenging Times

  • Bringing your whole self to whatever is happening.
  • The challenge: staying calm when it's time to stay calm, but sometimes it's time to be excited or passionate or forceful. How do we respond appropriately or effectively.
  • Practicing Mindfulness: "Instructions to the Head Cook" by Dōgen.

Storytelling and Unpredictability

  • How we use stories.
  • How our brains our wired to try to predict the future.

Finding Solid Ground in Uncertain Times

  • Being aware of our own biases.
  • Cultivating a bias for for connection and for relationship.
  • The Joyful Mind
  • The Grandmother Mind
  • The Great Mind

Building Trust

  • "If you're not cultivating trust, you're cultivating cynicism."
  • Building ongoing trust and, real, authentic connection and relationships.
  • This is where you can't fake it.

Control Issues

  • One of the great teachings of mindfulness or spiritual practices is that our own state of mind isn't controlled by the external circumstances.
  • The importance of not hiding anything, including our fear.
  • We might be feeling anxious, some loneliness, some concern for others, and it doesn't help to suppress or hide these feelings.

Placing our intentions to move towards more connectedness and a better world for all people.

Downloads & Resources

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Check out our blog articles on Leadership here.

About Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. He is the author of 4 books, including Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, and CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive development and leadership consulting company.

Marc helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training for leaders which teaches the art of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy for creating great corporate cultures and a better world. He founded and was CEO of 3 companies, and has an MBA degree from New York University. Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world. He leads Mill Valley Zen, a weekly meditation group.

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