Ralph Simone

Mindfulness

The concept of mindfulness is not nearly as complicated as many of us make it out to be. I like to say that it simply means paying attention to what is in front of you in a concentrated, focused, and nonjudgmental way. Vietnamese Buddhist zen master and author Thich Nhat Hanh says that the opposite of…

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12 Days of Leadership – Day 4

On the fourth day of leadership, my coach gave to me – Four Core Values On this fourth day of leadership, we share with you the gift of living fully through the four core values that mean the most to you. Be intentional about how you use your energy by making conscious choices that are…

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12 Days of Leadership – Day 12

On the twelfth day of leadership, my coach gave to me – Twelve Deep Breaths For the twelfth day of leadership, we offer you breath. One of the most effective ways to reset and center yourself is by taking a deep breath. Short, shallow breathing causes cortisol to move through the body, adding to stress….

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12 Days of Leadership – Day 8

On the eighth day of leadership, my coach gave to me – Eight Additional Minutes of Movement Eight more minutes of movement per day is our gift to (and ask of) you on this eighth day of leadership. Movement will keep you more alert, focused, and engaged in all you do, personally and professionally. Track…

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12 Days of Leadership – Day 2

On the second day of leadership, my coach gave to me – Two Minutes of Mindfulness Our second gift is two minutes of mindfulness. Quieting your mind at the beginning of the day creates the space for grace and focus. Strengthening your practice of short spurts of mindfulness will also help you to notice when…

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Data Driven Decisions

I am surprised how often I have a strong opinion about things I know little or nothing about. When I find myself in that situation, it seems that my lack of knowledge is not a hindrance; I repeat my strong opinion over and over, with greater confidence each time. I stand my ground, often standing…

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Leadership Presence

I recently remembered what I believe was a Billy Graham quote that appeared in the newspaper when I was a kid that said essentially, “A person of integrity behaves the same way 50 miles from home as they do when they are home.” This served as a timely reminder to me to check if I…

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Aikido Communication

Let’s face it: no matter the type of relationship, there’s going to be conflict – and that’s okay. In fact, it’s expected. It should even be welcomed. Not all of us are comfortable with conflict, however, including myself. One common approach to conflict, and my personal favorite, is “I don’t want to make waves.” Unfortunately,…

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Learning and Wisdom

We all have moments when we are either wrong or misguided. And it is our admission that creates learning and wisdom. Our inability to be okay with this idea keeps us from learning. It keeps the emotions trapped, and prevents us from being present and stepping further into our greatness.

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Coming Out of My Cave

Like so many of us, 2020 found me hunkering down and protecting myself by retreating to my cave. This move was necessary to keep me and my family safe, but it had some limitations as relates to growth. As things have been opening up and I am feeling safer out in the world, I am…

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