Daniel Goleman: Mindfulness, the Dalai Lama, and How You Can Be a Force for Good [Ep. 69]

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Dr. Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist who lectures frequently to professional groups, business audiences, and on college campuses. Working as a science journalist, Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence (Bantam Books) was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half; it is available around the world in 40 languages, and has been a bestseller in many countries.  Goleman is a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, originally at the Yale Child Studies Center and now at the University of Illinois at Chicago. CASEL’s mission centers on bringing evidence-based programs in emotional literacy to schools worldwide.  He currently co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. The consortium fosters research partnerships between academic scholars and practitioners on the role emotional intelligence plays in excellence. Goleman is a board member of the Mind & Life Institute, which fosters dialogues and research collaborations among contemplative practitioners and scientists. Goleman has organized a series of intensive conversations between the Dalai Lama and scientists, and shares the Dalai Lama’s vision for our world in his recent book entitled Force For Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World.


Some highlights from Ryan’s interview with Dr. Goleman include:

  • A description and definition of emotional intelligence as comprised of four parts: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, & relationship skills

  • How mindfulness meditation and emotional intelligence are important for cultivating leadership that is more present and how the kind of person you are as you lead matters

  • A winning combination for leadership: mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and values

  • Greyston Bakery as a shining example of using business as a force for good

  • The driving principles advocated by the Dalai Lama in the vision expressed through Daniel’s book and how education is key

  • The need for widespread education and competency development in systems thinking that’s rooted in empathy and compassion and some exciting initiatives in the International Baccalaureate program that are taking this on

  • How the news skews our view of what’s really going on in the world








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Ryan Honeyman is a Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him ryan@lifteconomy.com.