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Matt Tenney
Matt Tenney is the author of The Mindfulness Edge: How to Rewire Your Brain for Leadership and Personal Excellence Without Adding to Your Schedule and Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom. He is also an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute. Matt's clients include Marriott, Wells Fargo, and The Four Seasons, as well as many other companies, associations, and universities. Matt works to develop mindful, highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by better serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them. You can connect with Matt at

Entries by Matt Tenney

A Roadmap for Systematically Making Great Team Decisions

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 12:03 PM


In our efforts to inspire leaders to see what's possible, many people, including me, often discuss leadership practices from the perspective of what great leadership ideally looks like.

However, as anyone who has ever led a team knows, whenever...

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How to Access Joy on Demand: Lessons From Jolly Good Fellow Chade-Meng Tan

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 2:06 PM


A natural human tendency is to look for happiness outside of ourselves.

We are bombarded with messages from almost every element of society telling us that we will be happier if we get a certain new shiny object, or date a certain...

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4 Ways Mindfulness Improves Your Productivity

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 11:35 AM


When you hear the word "mindfulness," the word "productivity" isn't likely the first association that comes up for you is it?

The most common conceptions of mindfulness include ideas like "slowing down," or "being in the moment," and some people think that mindfulness...

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A Habit that Saves You Time While Also Developing Team Members

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 4:16 PM


A team member knocks on your door and asks if you have a minute. Before you've even finished your answer, the team member starts listing off several "very urgent" issues that need to be dealt with, and asks for your advice on what...

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A Quick Cure for the Anxiety That Arises When You Feel Rushed

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 6:01 PM


Surely you know the feeling. You've got more to do than you've got time to do it in.

The feeling of being in a rush to get something done, or to get somewhere, is not a pleasant one. It's the...

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Why the Mindfulness Fad Won't Go Away

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 9:20 AM


Mindfulness has now become so popular, and is such a buzzword, that many people are calling it a "fad." A quick Google search for "mindfulness fad" yields 230,000 results.

I can understand why people are calling it a fad. Mindfulness is now endorsed...

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Why Egos Are Bad for Business, and What to Do About It

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 12:02 PM

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When we imagine a hypothetical, highly successful corporate CEO, we may think of someone who has a big personality, who can immediately take charge when he or she enters a room, and who is perhaps a bit...

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Why Being a Beginner Is Essential for Breakthrough Discoveries, Mastering Mindfulness, and More

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 11:41 PM

I have many, many traits that don't serve me or others well. One of the trickiest to overcome has been my tendency to be a "know-it-all."

Although I'm quite aware of this tendency and have noticed that it has much less control over me than it did...

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How a Sunday of Service Could Change Your Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 4:53 PM


Four weeks ago, my wife Leah and I welcomed our first child into the world (that's him in my arms in the picture above), but not without significant challenge for Leah.

Leah was in labor for 49 hours -- never having a...

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How to Be More Productive by Taking Breaks

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 4:07 PM


Imagine that you are training for a marathon. The date is one month away and you've been training for a year. You really want to do well, so you decide that you are going to run all day every day for the last...

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How Texting Can Make You More Effective Professionally and Personally

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 1:22 PM


Almost every time I deliver a mindfulness training program for an organization, someone in the audience asks, "What effect do our devices have on our ability to be mindful?"

This question is extremely important today. In fact, as many Huff Post readers...

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Connect Team Members' Work to Their Personal Dreams

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 12:04 AM


As leaders, one of our priorities should be to learn what's important in the personal and professional lives of the people on our teams. We can learn these things through informal conversation, or we can learn them via a more systematic process like...

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Do Nothing: A Simple Way to Boost Productivity and Better Serve Others

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 11:02 AM


If you're like most people I know, your to-do list is pretty long.

I find it very helpful to reflect on which things are important enough that I need to be sure I'm doing them on a weekly basis, even...

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Why You Should Train for Empathy, and How to Do It

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 3:39 PM


Empathy is a word that is being brought up in the context of business a lot these days. In fact, I just did a Google search for "empathy and business" and noticed that there were almost 30 million results.

But doesn't empathy fall...

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Be a 'Don't Knower': One of Eileen Fisher's Secrets to Success

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 1:13 PM


After finishing college at the University of Iowa, Eileen Fisher moved to New York City and bounced around between a couple of jobs before working for a Japanese graphic designer.

She had many Japanese clients, and visited Japan frequently. While there, she noticed...

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Can Business Leaders Help Prevent the Next "Baltimore"?

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 4:28 PM


To be sure, the causes of the crisis in Baltimore are many and complex. However, it does seem clear that the death of Freddie Gray was less of a root cause and more of a "last straw" in a hay stack of frustration...

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Increase Sales By Being An Example Of Service

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 12:16 PM


Bridget is a project manager for a tech company called Qstream. Her role is essentially to create a strategy to implement technology that has already been purchased in a way that best meets the business needs of the client. She is...

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Serve Others By Being a Healthy Device User

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 6:41 PM


It's 10:00 p.m. and, trying to adhere to your New Year's resolution to get more sleep (likely inspired by Arianna Huffington's book, Thrive), you're getting into bed with the intention of going to sleep.

You set the...

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The Power of Asking Your Team for Feedback

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 5:33 PM

As leaders, we are usually required to give feedback to our team members on a regular basis. But it can often be challenging to get the feedback we need to grow. The more senior our position, the more challenging it can be...
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The Most Important Leadership Skill There Is

(4) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 5:01 PM


There are so many aspects to effectively leading others. Have you ever felt overwhelmed just thinking about where to begin?

For instance, we know that we need good business acumen, but we also need to have the emotional intelligence that allows us to...

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