The foundation of any team has to be based on trust - trust that every member is concerned about the welfare about the entire team and project and that no one is withholding information or has selfish motives in mind. If the team dynamics are not monitored, trust can easily deteriorate and cause disharmony and dysfunction within the group. It doesn’t take a lot for a relationship to go south. Here are a few items to pay close attention to, to preserve and grow trust within your working unit.

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I recently sat down with Pandit Dasa, author of The Urban Monk, to talk about the myths and realities of practicing mindfulness from the perspective of a man who spent 15 years as a monk living in New York City. We also got into the idea of using mindfulness to help open the mind to opportunity.

Michael Woodward: During your 15 years as a monk what did the practice of mindfulness mean to you and how much is it still a part of your life today?

Pandit Dasa: During my time as a monk and even after I graduated from the monastery...

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Who has time for mindfulness when deadlines are looming and our managers are breathing down our necks? Mindfulness might be good for monks living in the forest or folks who have retired from corporate life but unrealistic for busy, working individuals. Learning to pause, focusing on your thoughts and getting in touch with your emotions seems to be something you do at your local yoga studio and not relevant during the middle of the day, in a highly competitive job. But, this is exactly when meditation and mindfulness are most useful.

A recent video by Scientific American suggests "meditation can... 

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Hasty  communication can break relationships and ruin careers. Too often we write an email or send a text without double-checking the content or being mindful of the tone of the message. We have no idea how that message will get interpreted. Once you hit the "send" button, it's kind of too late. Here are some communication tips that will keep us from burying our head in our hands and help us become mindful leaders 

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