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Mental Routines for the Mindful Road Warrior

Last week, I introduced a new short series with a post titled "Travel Tips for the Mindful Road Warrior." To be honest, when I started writing that post I realized I had more to share than one blog post could accommodate—hence, this series. Last week’s post focused on the physical routines that I follow when I’m on the road and several readers shared what they do to keep themselves in shape on the road. Thanks for that!

Today, I’m focusing on the mental routines that (I hope) keep me clear and focused when I’m traveling for business. I do a lot of listening when I’m out there in both coaching conversations and in presentations I’m making in leadership development programs. It’s super important that I keep the mental chatter and distractions to a minimum so I can really focus on the people I’m with.

No matter what your job is, it’s probably important for you to give others your full presence and attention. That can be a huge challenge in the age of 24/7 distraction and it can be even more challenging when your typical operating rhythm is disrupted ...

What Leaders Must Learn From the NFL Fiasco

The speed and volume of the emerging fiasco facing the NFL has been breathtaking. In the first football weekend after the league’s response to the video of Ray Rice punching his fiancée, there were players with similar charges against them scheduled to play on Sunday. One was pulled just before game time; the other played.

The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson was suspended for Sunday’s game because he was indicted for child abuse a couple of days earlier. After the Patriots beat the Vikings soundly without their star running back in the game, the team reinstated Peterson for this week’s game. Then Radisson, one of their corporate sponsors, suspended their support. At 1:30 a.m. the following morning, the team suspended Peterson again.

Meanwhile, a star player with the Arizona Cardinals has been arrested for domestic abuse, the NFL has recruited four prominent women to advise them on how to move forward and Tuesday night they staged a fashion show in New York complete with models from Victoria’s Secret to promote their new line of women’s apparel.

Really?

There are so many things that leaders can learn from this fiasco. The dangers of hubris, the ...

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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