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Keeping the Past in the Past

If I gave you a penny to carry for the rest of the day, it probably wouldn’t be a big deal, right? But what if I gave you a penny every day for years and expected you [...]

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Choosing the “True” Perspective

If I asked you to touch your head right now, you could. If I asked you to touch your belly button right now, you could. If I asked you to touch your anxiety right now, you couldn’t. [...]

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Thoughts Are Just Thoughts

One of the questions I get asked most often is “why did you decide to teach mindful leadership?” My answer is an honest one, albeit clichéd at this point. We teach what we most need to learn. [...]

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The “No Language” Exercise

As I was leaving for the airport after a recent speaking gig, I heard a voice calling me from behind. “Ms. Bennington?”  I turned around to see a handsome guy of around 30 staring back at me. [...]

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Step Away from the Story 

I travel a lot for my job. Usually it’s pretty uneventful but today was a notable exception. As I boarded a flight to Chicago, I noticed the attendant was greeting passengers while forcefully scooping ice into a [...]

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The REAL Key to Connection 

In my career, I’ve been lucky. Call it the right place. The right time. Fate. Chance. Who knows. But I’ve been blessed with five extraordinary mentors. Not just one – five. They each have completely different jobs [...]

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Something BIG to Share With You

In my work, I meet a lot of people who feel stuck somehow. Stuck in jobs that don’t feel remotely meaningful. Stuck in reactive, compulsive behaviors that damage relationships. Stuck in comparison traps that trigger feelings of [...]

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What Is Mindful Leadership Anyway?

It seems this post is overdue. For years I’ve been touting “mindful leadership” as the intersection of career advancement and personal fulfillment – and yet a lot of folks have no idea what I’m talking about. I’ve [...]

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Perfect is Inauthentic and Unsustainable

As someone who teaches emotional control, I have to admit it was embarrassing to be hiding out in an Embassy Suites bathroom trying to pull myself together. Especially since just moments earlier I had breezily walked onstage [...]

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Ready To Lead Enrollment is OPEN

Yesterday I hosted a webinar called Authentic Power: Cultivating the Six Pillars of Presence. Here’s the replay if you’d like to check it out. In the training, I spoke about the fact that authentic power isn’t something [...]

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It’s Time to Interrupt the Story

I often tell my seminar audiences that nothing riles us up faster than perceived disrespect. I see this so often it would be comical were it not for how quickly our perceptions can morph into all-out drama. [...]

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You Naughty, Naughty Monkey Brain

When you write a book about women dominating in business, a funny thing happens. People call your bluff. And so they begin to rise up and put mics in your face and say things like, “Um, that’s nice and [...]

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Learn the *SKILL* of True Presence

The other day I received a message with the subject line “I stopped chasing the rabbit.” It was from a young woman who had emailed me back in January for advice on ramping up her leadership presence [...]

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