Subject: New episode on The Executive Book Club Podcast

017: See The Bloom Of The Present Moment | Jon Kabat-Zinn | ‘Wherever You Go There You Are’
2015-06-03 00:00:52 Maya Mathias

Understanding mindfulness comes from practicing it. I grew up in a Buddhist family, so mindfulness was very much a part of my vocabulary and life philosophy. But it has almost no religious connotations (if that happens to be an issue for you) and we can all benefit from it. The growing buzz about mindful leadership […]

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016: Lessons From The Leader’s Leader | Graham Allison & Robert D. Blackwill | Lee Kuan Yew – The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World
2015-04-23 02:41:29 Maya Mathias

Mr Lee went through the crucible of struggle to forge a nation. And we all get to feast on his vision.  As a global citizen, I don’t often wax lyrical about my homeland of Singapore. All that changed when our first post-colonial Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew died on March 23 2015. He was […]

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015: In Conversation With William Ury
2015-03-14 04:57:02 Maya Mathias

The path to inclusion begins with a single step.  And a deeply listening ear. I recently sat down with William Ury to explore his life’s work, his philosophy on the world around him, and the deeper soul yearning that keeps his books fresh and relevant to him and his millions of readers. Yes, I said […]

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014: How To Lead Others To Excellence & Joy | Rich Sheridan | ‘Joy, Inc.’
2015-03-04 22:50:33 Maya Mathias

Attaining joy at work can be simple, but it typically isn’t easy. Which is what makes all the more rewarding when you DO attain it. It took me a while to get into this lovely book by Rich Sheridan.  I wanted to take my time with its thoughtfulness, and to immerse myself in the world […]

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013: When Respect Wins Negotiations | William Ury | ‘Getting To Yes With Yourself’
2015-02-12 10:34:27 Maya Mathias

Respect goes both ways.  And eventually out into the world. I had the pleasure of meeting William Ury at the signing for this episode’s featured book ‘Getting To Yes With Yourself’.  This book is a self-awareness primer that can serve you from boardroom to bedroom, and every other relationship-rich venue in between. I could immediately […]

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012: How To Co-Design New Futures | Atul Gawande | ‘Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End’
2015-01-13 01:55:59 Maya Mathias

New leadership & innovation approaches, courtesy of the clinician. I decided to do back-to-back episodes featuring the book ‘Being Mortal’ (check out my last episode here) because Atul Gawande writes about a TON of themes and ideas worth exploring. As much as we may enjoy moaning about the medical & healthcare industry (even or especially […]

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011: How To Age Well | Atul Gawande | ‘Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End’
2015-01-12 23:10:27 Maya Mathias

The aging process isn’t what we think it is.  And that’s why we suffer through it. If you’re reading this. there’s a high chance you’re in the prime of life, at or near the peak of your contribution to family and society. So the last thing you need to be thinking about is aging and […]

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010: Quitters Often Win | Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner | ‘Think Like A Freak’
2015-01-06 04:32:29 Maya Mathias

The problem you have may not be the problem you THINK you have. Many of the themes and ideas in ‘Think Like A Freak’ aren’t new, especially if you’ve read the two prior books in the Freakonomics book trilogy. What IS new is their encouraging us to free our minds and think like they do […]

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009: Making Peace with Your Parents | Roz Chast | ‘Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?’
2015-01-03 03:07:57 Maya Mathias

Yes, your Daddy & Mommy issues ARE important to your leadership. We all like to think that we’ve long escaped the shadow side of the relationships we have with our parents.  And yet, come holiday season, we can find ourselves reverting to our teenager or young child selves in the presence of our parents.  I […]

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008: Change Jobs With Grace | William Bridges | ‘Transitions’
2014-12-23 04:47:32 Maya Mathias

Make that job change.  But remember to feel into the transition. Amidst the crazy pace of our modern-day lifestyle, many of us are returning to the traditions of old to help us make sense of the world again. In William Bridges’ book ‘Transitions’, he borrows heavily from the world of myth and ritual, reminding us […]

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