Mindfulness without the Bells and Beads Unlocking Exceptional Performance, Leadership, and Well-being for Working Professionals

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2021-04-20
  • Publisher: Wiley

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Use mindfulness to unleash your potential - without adopting spiritual beliefs

Mindfulness Without the Bells and Beads: Unlocking Exceptional Performance, Leadership, and Wellbeing for Working Professionals strips away the bells, beads, and hyperbole associated with mindfulness, and explains how you can take your performance and leadership to the next level in just eight weeks, without adopting any spiritual or new age beliefs.

Author Clif Smith, a US Army veteran, former diplomat, and CIA-trained former intelligence officer, serves as EY's Americas Mindfulness Leader and Global Mindfulness Network Leader and is internationally recognized for bringing mindfulness to tens of thousands of corporate and government leaders across the globe. In this book, Clif shares teachings and insights to help achieve the tangible benefits of practicing mindfulness as a fundamental part of our professional and personal lives. You'll discover how to:

  • Enhance mental focus, resilience, and decision-making under pressure
  • Increase the impact of your communication and leadership
  • Transcend limiting beliefs, fear, and other psychological barriers to success
  • Connect, understand, and interact with others more effectively
  • Effectively incorporate self-care into a high-performance life
  • Demystify the practice of mindfulness to make it ideal for a corporate setting

Perfect for corporate leaders, managers, and executives, and any working professional in a high-pressure or high-performance environment, Mindfulness Without the Bells and Beads also belongs on the bookshelves of anyone who works in a stressful environment and wants to achieve a higher level of success and a better quality of life.

Author Biography

CLIF SMITH, EY's (Ernst & Young LLP)Americas Mindfulness Leader and Global Mindfulness Network Leader, built EY's Mindful Leadership program, delivering practical training to tens of thousands of EY and client personnel with measurable impact on leadership, performance, and well-being. Raised by a single mother of three, Clif grew up on welfare and lived in government subsidized housing for much of his childhood. He went from having no prospects, being flat broke, and barely graduating high school to learning Chinese, becoming a diplomat, and putting himself through Harvard using the techniques he teaches in this book. Clif's personal journey from poverty to prosperity inspires his work as an author, executive coach, mindfulness teacher, and keynote speaker. Readers can follow his work at

Table of Contents


Foreword by Tal Goldhamer

Introduction: A Staggered Start

PART I – My Journey with Mindfulness and an Introduction to the Fundamentals

Chapter 1: The Power of the Trained Mind

Chapter 2: Why Mindfulness Now

Chapter 3: (Some of) The Science of Mindfulness

Chapter 4: How do our Brains Work Outside a Brain Scanner?

Chapter 5: Finding the Signal in the Mindfulness Noise

Chapter 6: The Fundamentals of Cultivating Mindfulness

Chapter 7: Your Journey

PART II - Diving Deeper - An 8 Week Journey to Exceptional Performance, Leadership, and Wellbeing

Chapter 8: Introducing the Course

Chapter 9: Week 1 - No Trivial Moments – Moving from Autopilot to Aware

Chapter 10: Week 2 - The Mindset You Bring to Your Experience Matters

Chapter 11: Week 3 - Do You Have the Story or Does the Story Have You

Chapter 12: Week 4 - The Saber-Toothed Tiger of the Modern World: Everything

Chapter 13: Week 5 - Delving into the Difficult

Chapter 14: Week 6 - In the Same Boat

Chapter 15: Week 7 - Who Watches (Out for) You

Chapter 16: Week 8 - Maintaining Momentum

Chapter 17: A Final Word


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