Episode 182: Mindfulness + Self-Compassion In the Entrepreneurial World, with Dr. Leah Weiss - the Creative Empire podcast

Today, Reina and Christina are joined by Dr. Leah Weiss who is a teacher at the Stanford School of Business and the author of an upcoming book titled, How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity and Embrace the Daily Grind, published by Harper Collins. The trio start off by chatting about Dr. Leah's background and how it has influenced her career. They then discuss the idea of mindfulness and what some practical ways to start incorporating mindfulness into your routine can look like. Lastly, she talks about her new book and how it is structured for everyone.

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Main Takeaways:

  • How her background influenced her career [0:01:55]
  • What "the hustle" means to her [0:04:43]
  • What mindfulness means + practical practices [0:09:06]
  • How to be a better leader [0:19:06]
  • Why you need self-compassion [0:25:13]
  • How to examine yourself + moving forward [0:29:27]
  • How her book is structured [0:33:34]
The way I have approached the classes to give people resources and resilience so they can live that life that they’re so passionate about, but do it with more sanity and not burn out and you know, not implode themselves, their families, their projects.
— Dr. Leah Weiss
The mindfulness for me is a way of enacting the purpose and the purpose is about priorities, it’s about our personal priorities, it’s about our professional priorities, it’s doing what we can to bring those together so that we know what we’re doing, we know why.
— Dr. Leah Weiss
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Leah Weiss, PhD. is a lecturer, a researcher, a writer, and an author. She’s trained thousands of executives, team leaders, students, veterans, and Silicon Valley’s best and brightest in mindfulness. She’s taken years of personal and academic mindfulness research and applied it to training seminars, speaking engagements, Ivy League courses, and a book published by Harper-Collins and launching this coming March, 2017. Some of the clients that Leah has worked with include Google, LinkedIn, The Omidyar Group, and countless others. She currently lectures at the Stanford School of Business -- where her course ‘Leading With Mindfulness and Compassion’ is one of the most popular courses offered since 2013. Her academic work has been (and still is) used at the Stanford School of Business, at the University of California at Berkeley, the Stanford School of Medicine, at the US Department of Veteran Affairs, and in countless other places. In addition to academic research, consulting, and teaching, Leah has spoken at Kaiser Permanente, Harvard Medical School, Accredited Investors Wealth Management, the Hebrew Senior Life Center, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, TedX, and in many additional corporations and centers both in the US and abroad. Leah also writes (as a columnist) for Psychology Today, the Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review. She is regularly called upon to voice her opinion on the topic of mindfulness in the workplace by journalists from a variety of business publications. She has worked alongside the Dalai Lama’s main English interpreter (Thupten Jinpa), with popular health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, and with Pierre Omidyar (founder of eBay) through the Hope Lab where she implemented the Compassion Education and Scholarship program. Leah currently lectures at the Stanford Business School along with running her own consulting business.

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