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The line that separates who we are from the work we do is blurrier than ever, from millennials seeking employment in the sharing economy, to gen Xers telecommuting, to baby boomers creating a meaningful second act in life. In today’s workplace, the traditional boundaries between “work” and “personal” are no longer realistic or relevant—we don’t show up for our jobs as a portion of ourselves but bring both our hearts and our minds to everything we do. In her new book How We Work, a Practical Guide to Bringing Our Whole Selves to Our Professional Work, mindfulness expert and Stanford Professor Leah Weiss explains why this false dichotomy can be destructive to both our mental health and professional success.
The bad news, says Weiss, is that nothing provides more opportunities for negative emotions—anxiety, anger, envy, fear, and paranoia, to name a few—than the dynamics of the workplace. But the good news is that these feelings matter. How we feel at and about work matters—to ourselves, to the quality of our work, and ultimately to the success of the organizations that we work for.
The path to productivity and success, says Weiss, is not to change jobs, compartmentalize our feelings, or create a false “professional” identity, but to listen to the wisdom of our feelings. Using mindfulness techniques, we can learn how to attend to difficult feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them; we can develop an awareness of our bigger picture goals that orient us and allows us to see purpose in even the most menial tasks.
In How We Work, Weiss offers a set of practical, evidence-based strategies for being mindful in the real world, showing readers not just how to survive another day, but how to use ancient wisdom traditions to sharpen their abilities, enhance their leadership and interpersonal skills, and improve their satisfaction.
Note: Price includes the book How We Work
An Evening Lecture and Book Signing
Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:00 pm
Members $28/ Nonmembers $32
New York Open Center
Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW, is a researcher, professor, consultant, and author. She teaches courses on compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her course at Stanford, Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion, is breaking new ground in an MBA program. She is principal teacher and founding faculty for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama. She also directs Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab, an Omidyar Group research and development nonprofit focused on resilience. She is a writer for the Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today and is a public speaker (TEDx, Intuit,, Kaiser Permanente, YPO). She lives in Palo Alto.