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Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership Paperback

Finding the Space to Lead

By Janice Marturano

This has been my go-to book this Fall. It’s subtitle, A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership, couldn’t be more on the spot. The early chapter on finding the space to lead made a great impact on me but it’s the later section’s chapters that I find myself revisiting. I long ago finished the book, but kept taking it down from the shelf with such regularity that I now simply leave it on my credenza. The reflections and meditations go beyond simple suggestion, they’re clear, effective, and most importantly, they are applicable. And the audio files (available online for book purchasers) further the experience.

As a senior leader in a Fortune 200 corporation, Janice Marturano knows first hand the toll exacted by workplace stress and emotions. Janice has brought the intensive training of mindful leadership to corporate, nonprofit, academic, and government organizations – including participants at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

I first read about Janice in the opening chapter of David Gelles’ book Mindful Work (link to my review of Mindful Work). Gelles was a reporter with the Financial Times when he first met Marturano, Vice President and Executive General Counsel for General Mills. As a mergers and acquisitions reporter, Gelles relates the stressful story of General Mills’ trade regulation and the acquisition of Pillsbury that led Marturano to a personal mindfulness practice; one that she began sharing and that eventually went “viral” into a corporate-wide practice; a practice so successful that she eventually left General Mills to found the Institute of Mindful Leadership.

I’ve had the opportunity to study some with Janice and I can tell you without equivocation that this book is truly her voice – there is no co-author or ghost writer at work here. It’s plain-spoken and experiential – and if you were only to have one book on the practice and importance of a mindfulness practice, this book would be it.

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