Book Club

September 24, 2019 – September 24, 2019

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With Sheldon Dill & Michael Milone

The Government Relations Committee has been reviewing and discussing a program in an effort to provide our members with a program in the area of leadership and organizational management.
We enlisted the assistance of two retirees, former Chamber President Sheldon Dill and former Town Manager Michael Milone, to offer their thoughts and suggestions on possible options. Since both Sheldon and Michel had been extremely involved in our former Leadership Cheshire program they were the logical choice to assist in this endeavor.
Sheldon and Michael recently met with Chamber Government Relations Committee and provided their insight into developing a program on leadership and organizational management.
They conveyed the following thoughts and ideas.
The program needs to be relevant and topical, participatory for those involved, accommodating to the very limited available “free” time that the members have and simple and easy to implement.
Their suggestion was to have a book discussion group as a starter which met the criteria they identified and, as they stated to us, could be a catalyst for other types of program offerings. The committee endorsed this idea and asked Sheldon and Michael to facilitate this book discussion sometime in early September. The duo further developed a list of about six possible books to consider. The committee agreed to choose the book
“Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership” by Janice Marturano.
Hopefully this will provide sufficient information for you to help decide if you are interested in participating in this program.
About the book
The complexity and relentless pace of our world places exceptional demands on leaders today. They work incredibly hard and yet feel that they are not meeting their own expectations of excellence. They feel disconnected from their own values and overburdened. By the thousands, they seek out books on leadership skills, time management, and “getting things done,” but the techniques these volumes offer, useful as they are, often don’t speak to the leader’s fundamental sense that something is missing.
Janice Marturano, a senior executive with decades of experience in Fortune 500 corporations, explains how Mindful Leadership training integrates the practice of mindfulness–meditation and self-awareness–with the practical tools of management, enabling leaders to bring a wider range of their capacities to the challenges at hand. We already know from scientific research that mindfulness practices enhance mental health and improve clarity and focus. Finding the Space to Lead shows how this training has specific value for leaders.
This is not a new “leadership system” to add to the burden of already overworked people. It brings the concepts of mindfulness into the everyday life of anyone in a leadership role, through specific exercises that address practical issues–the calendar, schedule, phone usage, meetings, to-do list, and strategic planning, as well as interpersonal challenges such as listening and working with difficult colleagues.
Leaders who have experienced mindfulness training report that it provides a “transformative experience” with significant improvements in innovation, self-awareness, listening, and making better decisions. In Finding the Space to Lead, Marturano masterfully lays out her proven techniques for promoting mindfulness in the busy executive’s working life.
‘This book will changer your life” BILL GEORGE, Professor HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL



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