Marc Lesser on Zen Meditation, Practices of a Mindful Leader, Building Inner Strength, and Much More (#86)

Marc Lesser is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. He is the author of 4 books, including Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, and CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive development and leadership consulting company. Marc helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training for leaders which teaches the art of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy for creating great corporate cultures and a better world. He founded and was CEO of 3 companies, and has an MBA degree from New York University. Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, and director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world. He leads Mill Valley Zen, a weekly meditation group.

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Topics we discuss:

  • Self actualization
  • Integration of meditation
  • Compassionate accountability
  • Building inner strength
  • Zen Meditation
  • The art of disengaging
  • Mindful leadership,
  • Open awareness,
  • Practice of disengagement,
  • Simply pausing
  • Dedicated and integrated mindfulness practice ,
  • Everyday mind,
  • and much more!

People Mentioned: David Whyte, Abraham Maslow, Alan Watts , DT SuzukiShunryu SuzukiWendell Berry, Pema Chodron

Books Mentioned: Zen mind beginner’s mindDifficult conversations

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