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Full Hearted Leadership: How Courage and Love are Reframing Culture in Times of Change at GoPro

HeartGoPro, the world’s best selling action camera company, is in the midst of profound organisational change. For years, GoPro’s was a culture of rapid growth and radical success. However, seemingly overnight the company began to face significant fiscal challenges and uncertainty.

At the upcoming Mindful Leadership Forum Michele Bousquet, GoPro’s Senior Director of Organisational Development will share how mindfulness, trust, heart, and compassion are evolving their culture from the inside out, and how being fully true to self in the workplace can provide a path to sustained resiliency.Continue reading

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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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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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[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.

During this conversation, Golbie shares how attending meditation retreats eventually led her to bringing mindfulness training into a Wall Street giant.Continue reading

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