Program Details

Agility, Well-Being & Mindfulness: Core Competencies for the 21st Century Workplace

with Michael Carroll
March 8 / 10:00 AM - March 8 / 5:00 PM

 Online Registration for this program is now closed. Please call the Front Desk at 212-675-6544 to register.

The traditional “top-down” approach to business is fast giving way to a new generation of leaders who influence through networks, galvanize diversified teams and accelerate creative change. Today, work is all about resilient coalitions and leaders who are agile enough to lead them. 

But how are our emerging business leaders learning to master such agility? Surprisingly, it’s in the halls of our corporate and educational institutions where we find our leaders engaging an emerging field of agility training: learning to sit still for extended periods of time on meditation cushions.

Research is fast concluding that sitting still for defined periods of time is a very healthy thing to do and during this one day program we will explore how mindfulness-awareness meditation can help us as leaders and employees agilely thrive in today’s fast paced business environment.

Join bestselling author Michael Carroll, author of Awake At Work, The Mindful Leader, and the forthcoming Fearless At Work, for this one-day workshop exploring how mindfulness meditation can help us discover our innate intelligence, bravery, and joy on the job.

Also join us Friday evening for Michael Carroll's public talk Fearless At Work: Traveling the Path of the Mindful Leader. Free of charge when you also register for this Saturday workshop: Agility, Well-Being & Mindfulness

Michael Carroll is the author of Awake at Work (Shambhala 2004) and The Mindful Leader (Shambhala 2007) and over his 28 year business career has held executive positions with such companies as Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company. Michael has an active consulting and coaching business with client firms such as Procter & Gamble, Google, AstraZeneca, Starbucks, National Geographic Expeditions, Merck Pharmaceuticals  and others

Michael has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1976, graduated from Buddhist seminary in 1980 and is an authorized teacher in the lineage of the Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa.  He has lectured and taught at Wharton Business School, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, Yale University, St. Mary’s University, Kripalu, Cape Cod Institute, Zen Mountain Monastery, Shambhala Mountain Center, Karme Choling, Omega Institute (assisting Pema Chodron) and many other practice centers throughout the US, Canada and Europe.


Reviews for his book, Fearless At Work:

“Valuable lessons in real connection for the ‘Facebook generation,’ Fearless at Work offers practical guidance for taming our minds and approaching work—and life—with confidence and humor. An essential resource for reshaping our modern day approach to livelihood.”—Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED)

“Michael Carroll is among the wisest, sharpest, and most skillful individuals I have ever known. Utterly trustworthy, profound, and pragmatic, this new book expresses in beautiful language how to use Buddhist principles to transform our work life into a source of confidence, goodness, and happiness.”—Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

“Michael Carroll’s Fearless at Work is a valuable book for our time. It is an infusion of intelligence and deep sanity into a subject that, for many, has become a daily experience of relative madness. Michael seems to effortlessly harmonize his mature understanding of Buddhist teachings and practice with the everyday—and very real—challenges of life and livelihood. His message is provocative and serious, yet lighthearted, in the lively teaching style of his teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Michael’s many years of study and deep experience in both Buddhist practice and the workplace come shining forth in these pages.”—Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei, Abbot, Fire Lotus Temple, Zen Center of New York City 

“Michael Carroll helps me to be aware not only of what I’m doing at work but also how I am doing it—and most importantly, how I am in the midst of it all. Approaching livelihood with this kind of awareness is exactly what we need in the modern day workplace because, as Fearless at Work makes clear, being delightfully courageous in what we do makes all the difference.”—Barry Boyce, Editor-in-Chief,

“Neuroscience continues to show how mindfulness awareness practice promotes health and well-being—and, as a longtime Buddhist practitioner and former executive, Michael shows us a path for rediscovering our natural fearlessness and for learning to trust our true being. Fearless at Work can make a big difference in your work and life.”—Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD, Director of Texas Tech University Neuroimaging Institute and Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience 

Fearless at Work tackles the challenge of spiritual development in an extraordinary setting—the workplace—while focusing on the greatest disabler in that domain: fear. The book offers valuable guidance for developing a personal meditative practice in order to be fully present for the people we serve as leaders and colleagues, so vital in these times of dramatic change in our shared global workplace. Fearless at Work is a hugely valuable guide for spiritual practitioners at work!”—Richard Bowles, PhD, Former Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Merck & Co.

Reviews for his book, Awake At Work:

"If you're thinking about really showing up for the tens of thousands of hours you'll spend working during your life, you'll want to read this book."—Shambhala Sun

"One of the best books ever written about practicing spirituality on the job."—Spirituality and Health

"Highly recommended."—Mandala

"Refreshingly practical and down to earth."—The Beacon

"A revelatory book that brilliantly applies Buddhist principles to the life of work and vice versa."—Warren Bennis, University Professor, University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader

"Michael Carroll does not just write about being awake at work; he has lived that awakening, thoroughly and inventively. His adaptation of Buddhist mindfulness to the complexities of modern employment is a singular and valuable accomplishment, giving us pithy exhortations and detailed instructions for being awake and aware in every workplace situation."—Lewis Richmond, author of Work as a Spiritual Practice

"An invaluable guide to surviving—and thriving—in today's demanding business environments. I've drawn on Michael's brilliant and wise advice for years. Now everyone can benefit from his wealth of insight and experience."—Deborah Dugan, president, Disney Publishing Worldwide

"A truly unique book. The wisdom that has been developed in two very different realms—that of business and spiritual practice—join together to create much richer insight and wisdom. Given the struggles of these times, these teachings are extremely important."—Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science

Reviews for his book, The Mindful Leader:

“While most business books focus on how readers can do more, better and faster, this welcome addition to the category is about taking a moment to pause and reflect. Carroll, a Buddhist-trained HR executive, emphasizes the renewal and perspective that can result from taking some time out. By the end, stressed-out executives may be willing to read about how to give meditation a try as a way to reconnect with themselves and become more open to their colleagues.”—Publishers Weekly

“Read this book—it could save your organization, your career, and your life!”—Prof. Richard Boyatzis, coauthor of Primal Leadership and Resonant Leadership

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