Upgrading Modern Leadership and Company Culture for More Mindfulness,
Compassionate Communication, and Joy with Rich Sheridan & Marc Lesser

Original Air Date Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019

For years, corporate culture has been erected on a foundation of fear and facelessness. Just do your job and everything will be ok could have been the motto. But, times are changing. There is a shift happening in the corporate landscape and that shift involves incorporating mindfulness and compassion into the workplace. Could circulating the human element back into business be the key to a more positive and fulfilling life? To learn more about who is leading the way during this metamorphosis of modern leadership, Positive Psychology Podcast
Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two CEOs who lead with joy, compassion, and mindfulness. Rich Sheridan shares how great leaders keep things weird and Marc Lesser discusses what makes a great team.


Does something in this conversation resonate with you? Are you in need of a professional speaker who can elevate your tribe & enliven your culture? Lisa Cypers Kamen is an award-winning speaker, author & happiness expert who facilitates life-changing presentations for organizations of any size. The science is clear, happier people thrive in life. If you are ready to inject joy into your organization, find out which program is best for you at Lisa’s Live Events.

Rich Sheridan — A Joyful Upgrade to Modern Leadership:
  • Rich explains the history of leading through artificial fear, the difference between bosses and leaders, and how he broadcasts joy as a Chief Joy Officer. [1:57]
  • How Menlo approaches systems through joyful leadership and storytelling. [9:40]
  • The creative ways Menlo keeps things weird and makes team members feel valued. [16:07]
  • People who care for and about each other make the best team members. [25:37]

Richard Sheridan is CEO, co-founder, and Chief Storyteller of Menlo Innovations, which has won the When Work Works award for eleven straight years and five revenue recognitions from Inc. magazine. Menlo and Rich have been featured on the cover of Inc., Entrepreneur, Forbes, and New York magazines. He frequently speaks around the world at business conferences and to major corporations such
as MassMutual, Adobe, Nike, and Intel. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Book: Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear


Menlo Innovations Website
@Menloprez on Twitter

Marc Lesser — A Compassionate Company Culture:
  • The Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute is an emotional intelligence leadership program which started inside of google. [32:06]
  • Marc explains The Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader. [37:35]
  • In an effort to understand what makes a great team, Google created the Project Aristotle study. [42:09]
  • Mindfulness is cultivated through kindness, curiosity, and wanting to bring out the best in others. [46:18]
  • Marc shares the lessons he learned when working in the Zen Monastery Kitchen [47:47]

Marc Lesser is a CEO, mindfulness teacher, executive coach, author, and speaker. He is internationally recognized for pioneering work in mindful leadership, creating exceptional business cultures, and supporting profound wellbeing.



Book: Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen

Marc Lesser Website
@MarcLesser on Twitter
Marc Lesser on Facebook


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