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Mindful : April 2018
For years, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter have been tirelessly promoting mind training as the secret sauce for those who want to lead people in the pursuit of big aims. All great aims, be they commercial or societal, require great leadership, and The Potential Project, a global leadership and corporate training group, tries to foster better leadership through mindfulness. Hougaard is its founder and managing director, and Carter its North American director. They teamed up on a first book in 2015, One Second Ahead, which focused on how a culture that equates moving fast with productivity can cripple our brains and hamper creativity and genuine productivity. This second book lays out succinctly and in clear language a three-part approach to leadership, as indi- cated in the subtitle: yourself, other people, the organization as a whole. The book begins with some core principles, such as that the most vital element to manage is attention, and proceeds to dissecting the anatomy of our daily habits, including how our focus fluctuates and why it helps to understand these diurnal rhythms. The book goes on to give compelling advice in short sections bolstered by illustrations and examples from people the authors have worked with. For instance, they expand on the motto “give credit, take blame” with a short story of how a part- ner at an accounting firm was able to help an employee rectify a BIG mistake with a client (to the client’s satisfaction) without having to bite the employee’s head off or even speak harshly to them. Books like this should be required reading in business schools every where. Few would think of law as a “healing profession,” but Marjorie Silver—a law profes- sor at the Touro College Law Center in Central Islip, New York—does. In fact, she wrote the book on it: The Affective Assistance of Counsel: Law as a Healing Profession. In this follow-up book, she and 15 other legal minds explore more compassionate ways to resolve disputes and achieve justice. It looks at changes we can make in our courtrooms, classrooms, and communities to bring our justice systems more in line with deeply held values. An essay by Rhonda Magee considers how mindfulness-based “learn- ing communities” can be an incubator for new ways of practicing law. TRANSFORMING JUSTICE, LAWYERS, AND THE PRACTICE OF LAW Marjorie A. Silver • Carolina Academic Press As most of us have heard by now, gratitude is a free, immediate, yet quickly forgot- ten way to feel happier. This book, belying the cutesiness of its title, offers considerable wisdom on that most under- rated superpower. The plural attitudes captures the deeper understanding of gratitude that runs throughout: Being thankful, Ryan counsels, fits perfectly wherever you find yourself. She brings in a mish-mash of anecdotes, teachings, and quotations— some of them spiritual, some scientific, and others that land in a weird gray area (do bacteria actually grow better when you pray for them?). No matter your perspective on life in this moment, the gentle compassion of this book offers many ways to make the view a little brighter. ATTITUDES OF GRATITUDE How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life M.J. Ryan and Mark Nepo • Conari Press THE MIND OF THE LEADER How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter • Harvard Business Review Press 80 mindful April 2018 reviews Bookmark This read...listen...download