About the Episode
In this episode, Lawrence talks with Dr Leah Weiss about her new book How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity and Embrace the Grind. In the episode, we discuss how applying mindfulness principles to our workplaces can lead to a more productive place, develop high functioning teams, and ways we can bring our full selves to an increasingly digitised workplace.
About the Author
Leah Weiss, Ph.D., MSW, is a teacher, researcher, and meditation expert at Stanford University who focuses on the application of mindfulness and compassion in secular contexts. Her perennially waitlisted course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion, is breaking new ground in an MBA program already famous for innovation. Her other courses at Stanford include Compassion and the World Religions and A Philosophical and Experimental Introduction to Buddhism. In 2015, she was given the role of Women in Management Facilitator at Stanford business school. As Principal Teacher and Trainer for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training program, founded by the Dalai Lama, Leah developed the curriculum to train more teachers to meet a growing interest in compassion as it applies to people’s work, family, community, and selves. Her first book, How We Work, forthcoming with HarperCollins, will be released in early 2018.
Leah has also taught and consulted in many different settings in addition to Stanford Business School, including Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Bing Institute, Google headquarters, the Young Presidents’ Organization, LinkedIn, the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley, Wisdom 2.0, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she teaches mindfulness and compassion to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, and to help VA staff around the Bay Area cope with the stress of their jobs helping veterans.