Leah Weiss wears many hats: she’s a researcher, professor, consultant, and author. Much of her work to date has surrounded cultivating compassion in the workplace. Her upcoming book, to be released in March 2018, ventures into the realm of bringing mindfulness into the workplace. It turns out, it’s not only possible to do so, but it completely transforms the way people experience their work for the better. Hate your job? This interview is PERFECT for you. But you don’t have to hate your job to get a lot out of it. Leah Weiss can help you elevate your experience at work no matter your starting point of happiness.
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In This Interview, Leah Weiss and I Discuss…
- The Wolf Parable
- Her book How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity and Embrace the Daily Grind
- The importance of and impact of our experience at work
- Mindfulness: the intentional use of attention
- The illusion of multitasking
- Looking differently at what we’re already doing vs doing something differently
- Taking all of your life onto the path
- How mindfulness helps you transform the experience
- The importance of directing our attention to something we’ve been avoiding because it’s painful
- How the strategy of avoidance or resistance leads us to be more unhappy
- The three types of mindfulness training that we can bring to work
- Being in your body
- The Pomodoro Technique
- Our crazy streams of consciousness
- Eudaimonic happiness vs Hedonic happiness
- A helpful strategy for dealing with people who annoy you – in life and at work
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A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs