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Travel Tips for the Mindful Road Warrior

My work requires a lot of travel to meet with and present to clients. As the recent news stories about high altitude disputes over reclining seats on airplanes suggest, business travel can be stressful. That stress can eat you alive if you let it. Over the years, I’ve adopted some routines that have helped me stay healthy and sane when I travel for business. I thought I’d start to share some of them with you today. Let’s call them travel tips for the mindful road warrior.

As I discuss in my forthcoming book, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, I think being intentional about your routines in four big domains—physical, mental, relational and spiritual—can help you show up at your best most often than not. What I try to do when I travel is keep up my routines as much as possible. It requires some preparation and flexibility to do that but I’ve found the payoff to be worth it.

Today, I’m sharing what I’ve learned about the physical routines that work for me when I travel. In the weeks to come, I’ll share the mental, relational and spiritual routines that ...

The NFL Shows That Culture Change (or Lack of It) Starts at the Top

In the annals of interesting timing, it doesn’t get much better than an article that ran in theFinancial Times this past Monday morning. It was a piece titled, “The HR Guy Cleaning Up NFL Locker Rooms” and described how the league’s new head of HR is on a mission to get rid of bullying, homophobia and racist language in the workplaces of the NFL’s 32 teams. As the new NFL CHRO, Robert Gulliver, said in the article, “Football is special and important, but this is also a workplace and we have to reinforce the idea that there are certain standards of workplace conduct.”

Nice sentiment. And then, as anyone who was exposed to cable news or the Internet over the past week knows, last Monday the celebrity gossip site TMZ released the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then fiancée (now wife) in an elevator. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had suspended Rice for two games a few months ago when another video clip showed him dragging his fiancée out of the elevator after knocking her out. Hardly anyone felt like a two game suspension was enough punishment but Goodell ...

How to Keep Your Smartphone From Taking Over Your Life

As smartphone addicted people around the world await Apple CEO Tim Cook’s introduction of the iPhone 6 tomorrow, perhaps this is a good day to think about how to keep your smartphone from taking over your life. While I was doing the research for my new book, I came across a lot of interesting stats about just how addicted many people are to their phones and how that affects their lives.

For instance, one study I saw reported that the majority of smartphone owners are never more than 5 feet away from their device. Likewise, many people report that the first thing they do when they wake up and the last thing they do before going to bed is check their phone. Maybe that’s why, as the the Center for Creative Leadership learned in a 2013 study that the average smartphone enabled executive, manager or professional is connected to his work an average of 72 hours a week.

So, perhaps your smartphone has already taken over your life or maybe it’s about to. Whatever your threat level, here are some ideas for how to reclaim your life from your smart phone.

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What Any Leader Can Learn From Pope Francis

Jeffrey A. Krames has been involved in publishing more than 400 business books over the course of his career and has written books on business and government leaders like Jack Welch and Donald Rumsfeld. As Krames describes himself, he is the son of Holocaust survivors and believes that Pope Francis is the most authentic leader he has ever seen. As he told me in a recent conversation, he felt moved to write a book on the Pope. It’s called Lead with Humility: 12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis and is available this week.

Krames defines leadership as the ability to articulate a vision and get others to carry it out.  In our conversation, I asked Krames to share some examples of how Pope Francis embodies that definition. Krames is a keen observer and has a real talent for explaining how the Pope operates as a leader.

Give a listen to the conversation for compelling stories of authentic leadership in action, reflect on what you can learn from the Pope and how humility combined with ruthless consistency may be the secret to effective leadership.

If you’re fascinated by Pope Francis, you’ll love Lead With Humility.  Check it out ...

Three of the Most Common Delegation Ah-ha's

One of the biggest shifts that most rising leaders have to make is the shift from being the go-to person to someone who builds teams of go-to people. As you take on more and more scope in your leadership role, you can’t continue to operate as the go-to person who acts as if you’re personally responsible for everything that happens. You need to be accountable and own the results but you can’t expect yourself to do everything that leads to the results.

That, of course, means that you need to be really effective at delegation. Unfortunately, a lot of leaders aren’t that good at it. Too often, they delegate something to a team member and it doesn’t get done well, or on time or at all. One of the big reasons this happens is because too many leaders take a “one size fits all” approach to delegation. As I’ve written here before, effective delegation needs to be custom-fit to the people involved and the tasks that need to be accomplished.

That might sound like a lot of work, but it doesn’t really have to be. For several years now, I’ve been teaching ...