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The Power of Stillness

JackHeath Mindful Leadership Forum“The biggest thing that fathers can give their sons is their happiness.”

By openly sharing his life experiences, Jack Heath gives other people permission to be themselves. He has a passion for removing stigmas and reminds us that by coming back to stillness we can calm our minds and reconnect us to our basic human goodness.

Jack was the senior advisor to both Prime Minister Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd. He was the founder and Global CEO of the Inspire Foundation and today is the CEO of SANE Australia.

Jack shares how rewarding it is to have honest and vulnerable conversations with each other and our children. In the end, Jack believes that real success is all about being genuinely kind and happy.

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Filed under: Wellbeing

Lessons I’ve Learned Publishing Some of the Great Spiritual Teachers

TamiSimon Mindful Leadership“Everything depends on how much you trust.”

Tami Simon is the founder of the hugely successful multimedia publishing company Sounds True. Over the last 30 years, Sounds True has become the world’s leading wisdom-based publishing house with a mission to disseminate “spiritual wisdom”.

Tami and Sounds True have published hundreds of visionary teachers and thinkers such as Pema Chödrön, Eckhart Tolle, Seth Godin, Ram Dass and Brené Brown. Tami also hosts a weekly podcast series called “Insights at the Edge” that has been downloaded millions of times.

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Filed under: Leadership

Transforming Cultures Through Mindfulness

Mindful Leadership“We live in the attention economy, and mindfulness is the foundational life and leadership skill.”

Rich Fernandez is one of the pioneers bringing mindfulness into some of the world’s biggest companies such as Facebook, SalesForce, LinkedIn, Ford and Starbucks. In this conversation, Rich shares shares his very personal journey as a young boy, through to scaling mindfulness at Google, hanging out with Eckhart Tolle and the moment he took a leap from his dream job to move from a “career to a calling”.

The clarity of his communication and integrity will help you see the huge potential work cultures have by embracing the power of mindfulness for wellbeing, innovation and engagement.

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Filed under: Workplace Culture

This Is the Most Profound Way to Bring Zen Into the Workplace

MarcLesser Mindful LeadershipMarc Lesser co-founded the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) with Google engineer and author of the New York Times bestseller, Chade-Meng Tan. He is the CEO of SIYLI that takes Google’s #1 training program to thousands of senior executives, entrepreneurs and professionals around the world.

During this very personal conversation, Marc shares his fascinating story from childhood to living in a Zen centre, founding a multi-million dollar publishing company and then teaming up with a Google engineer to create the hugely successful Search Inside Yourself Program.

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The Power of Compassion

LynWhite Mindful Leadership“Human beings have a profound goodness within them – and the potential to fulfil a new kind of ethical standard.”

Lyn White is is one of Australia’s most courageous leaders who believes in the power of our everyday choices to create a kinder world. She is the Campaign Director for Animals Australia – Australia’s leading animal protection organisation. Their investigations and campaigns are recognised the world over for protecting the most vulnerable and abused animals in our society.

In this inspiring talk given at the 2015 Mindful Leadership Forum in Sydney, Lyn shares her very personal journey and her belief that human beings have a profound goodness within them, with the potential to fulfil a new kind of ethical standard. It’s a rally cry for each of us to dedicate ourselves to creating a more kind and compassionate world.

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[A Challenge] How to Shift Your Culture in 1 Minute!

Culture shift 1 minute mindfulnessRecently, I had a meeting with someone I hadn’t done business with before. As usual, this is how it went…

ME: We always like to start our meetings with a minute of silence. Is that ok with you?

OTHER: Umm, you mean right now? (aka “Are you f**king serious?”)

ME: Yeah, it’s a chance for us to start the meeting refreshed and present. You can close your eyes, focus on your breath. Whatever you want.
OTHER: Ok then.

A minute or so passes…

ME: Whenever you’re ready, we can start.

OTHER: Geez, that felt so good! I feel like I’ve arrived. Thank you so much. (aka, “I feel like a human being again!”)

ME: Me too. I really enjoy pausing like that.

On with normal agenda items…

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How I Brought Mindfulness Training Into a Wall Street Giant


“My goal is to help people recognise that they are way bigger than their job title.”

Golbie Kamarei founded a meditation program in one of Wall Street’s largest asset management companies (BlackRock) that manages over $4.7 trillion and employs 12,000 people. Golbie was the former Global Program Manager at BlackRock and is now a leading trainer for some of the world’s largest organisations including the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2015, Golbie was recognised as a Corporate Culture Champion by Berkeley University’s Greater Good Science Centre.

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