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STRATEGIC MINDFULNESS
A growing number of organizations are using Mindfulness Meditation as a success strategy and improving their health and financial performance.

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The Mindful Leadership App

Now available, the Mindful Leadership App with 12 Categories and over 70 Guided Meditations. Categories include Managing Stress, Managing Migraines, Flying with Ease, Mindful Golf, Mindful Music, Micro-Meditations and Mindfulness in Action Strategies, to name a few.

The App is available on iPhone, iPad, Androids and tablets.

 
         
 
Mindful Leadership
The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself
and Inspiring Others

Effective leaders are self aware and empower those they influence to achieve their potential. Mindful Leadership is a guide to leadership that starts with the self—for business people, members of the public service, professionals, and anyone else in a position to influence others.  Essentially, it is of value to anyone who aspires to make a difference.

Maria Gonzalez shows you how to use a single tool—Mindfulness meditation—to achieve clarity, focus, and self-awareness, enabling you to
transform yourself and achieve positive results by inspiring those you lead.

Mindfulness is a process of training the mind that anyone can follow, and Mindful Leadership provides simple techniques you can use anytime,
anywhere, to improve yourself as a leader. Beginning with the simple act of being fully present, mindfulness opens up the 9 ways to become more effective in every aspect of life.


Maria Gonzalez Blog
Mindful Leadership

Meditate This! A Podcast on Mindfulness & Mindful Leadership

July 1, 2014

I hope you are well and enjoying the beginning of summer. Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Peter Falker and Jason Hollander, who are from Minnesota and New York City, respectively.  Peter is an entrepreneur in the … Continue reading

An Act of Kindness Can Change the World…

June 18, 2014

  An act of kindness can change the world…especially your world.  There are few words to describe the impact of such an act.  It may be random; it may be deliberate.  The act may seem small.  But, we never know … Continue reading

How to De-Stress: Don’t Let Your Ego Rule Your World

June 10, 2014

Allowing your ego to dictate how you think and feel can be an enormous source of stress.  But what does that really mean?  And how does that happen? The ego is not who or what you really are.  The ego … Continue reading

How to De-Stress: Take Time Each Day in Stillness

May 24, 2014

The ability to de-stress each day is an important ingredient in living a richer and more fulfilling life.  But, most people find de-stressing a real challenge.  There is so much to do and so little time.  Consequently, the thought of … Continue reading

Live Each Moment “as if for the first time”

May 6, 2014

In the last Blog I talked about living each moment “as if for the last time”.  In this Blog, I would like to suggest living each moment “as if for the first time”.  Now these two notions are by no … Continue reading

 

 

 

   

 
Maria Gonzalez
Maria Gonzalez (BCom, MBA) is an award winning and best-selling author and a 30-year business veteran as a corporate executive and entrepreneur.  She believes that Mindfulness transforms lives and organizations, and that it has the potential to transform society.  She has been meditating regularly since 1991 and teaching Mindfulness since 2002.  She applies Mindfulness to all aspects of her life, both personally and professionally.  As founder and president of Argonauta Strategic Alliances Consulting Inc., she ensures that mindfulness is indistinguishable from her business, whether negotiating complex strategic alliances, doing strategy consulting, or coaching business leaders, professionals, entire teams, organizations or individuals in mindful leadership.
Mindfulness
A growing number of organizations are using Mindfulness Meditation as a success strategy and improving their health and financial performance. This easy-to-learn technique increases focus and concentration, job satisfaction and the soft skills required for effective leadership.
what our clients say
  • "I first became aware of Maria's work by my purchase of her book, Mindful Leadership, in an airport bookstore. The book was simple and straightforward and appealed to me as a business book, but with the recognition that leadership is a process that involves building skills beyond the superficial "do's and don't's" outlined in many other business books. The idea of "mindfulness" attracted me as did honing my skills on reflection, concentration, clarity and equanimity to create a deeper appreciation of leadership. After the purchase of the book, I wanted more so I contacted Maria and did the one on one coaching. My idea of success in training is that it changes the way you will do things in the future. And that is what I gained from Maria."
    Alyson Townsend, President & CEO, Canadian Cable Systems Alliance Inc.
  • "I originally embraced meditation in an attempt to battle the too often occurring migraines that came along with menopause!

    But oh what an amazing journey it has turned out to be! I was unprepared for the benefits that resulted from a daily practice. The least of which was a reduction in migraines.

    Little did I realize working with Maria would help me make better decisions at work and better "hear" what my clients were saying! Much to my surprise I became more focused and creative in all aspects of my life.

    I've since told anyone who would listen that this is a "must do". And not to be intimidated as it's not difficult when you have someone like Maria to teach you the skills to excel."
    Sandra Pierce, The Bag Lady of Bay Street, Director of Wealth Management, Richardson GMP
  • "The techniques I've learned from Maria have enabled me to work through some difficult emotions to find my way back to inner peace and freedom from my irritants. They continue to assist me in making the journey back to myself, with patience. Aside from what I learned and am able to apply practically, Maria's pure presence taught me more than I could have ever imagined. She is patient beyond measure, compassionate with every student, and presents herself with such grace, that I found myself in awe and inspired to find a deeper sense of peace within myself and more patience and compassion while working with others. Although the workshop was just two days, my life had been enriched with purpose and meaning because of what Maria so generously gave of herself. "
    Maria Khan, Stress Management Consultant
  • "Within weeks of taking your Mindful Leadership course at the University of Toronto, I have become aware of the driving forces behind my actions, and thus change the responses. Thank you, Maria, for your gift of freedom."
    Marjorie Shu
  • "Maria is special. She exudes calmness and clarity, you know you are in a very honest presence .

    I am a physician: very typical, easy to control migraines were becoming worse, not better with time. I began seeing a neurologist not knowing she is probably the best in the city when it comes to headaches. So called natural remedies and recommendations were tried, as well as, many medication trials. I was becoming worse and very despondent. One day as I was about to leave she suggested I connect with someone named Maria Gonzalez, giving me her phone number, telling me she had done work on Mindfulness with Harvard; and told me to look at her website, not much more.

    I did phone Maria; she returned my call making it very clear that I needed to be able to commit one-half hour per day to meditation or there was no point in seeing her, I would be wasting my time (not money!; this struck a very definite cord. I couldn't believe anyone could be so honest or put time ahead of money. I have repeated this story many times.)

    Meditation was the one area in terms of health where I did not practice what I preached. I think I wasn't sure I could find 10 or 15 minutes to sit and be calm.

    Well , Maria opened up a very new door with a fascinating, positive, hopeful inside. She made it very clear that she could not cure my headaches, but, hopefully help me to better cope with them. Of course, that is the case, but so much more, and so different from what I expected. Although Maria's world is the business one, she works with people from many walks of life. Her teachings are universal and mind turning for me is her belief that if we all practiced Mindfulness the world would be a very different place. Also, fascinating for me is the fact that there is MRI evidence that Mindfulness can actually create changes in the brain. Her teaching method is very forgiving, always leaving room to achieve.

    Maria worked with me, teaching me meditation techniques I could use during my daily half hour time. To truly be in the moment is not easy, but possible. Maria goes beyond her required one-half hour commitment to teaching one how to be mindful / in the moment always. That is challenging – for me, but so rewarding if done. When you pick up your cup of tea, savour the sip – how beautiful is that!

    Maria told me I would find that I would have more time in my day, and to give it to myself. I have and I do; it's wonderful.

    My practices are apparently at a very basic level. I feel that to do what Maria has tried to impart to me will be enough to make me and my life very different .

    A special person with much to give. "
    Dr. Cheryl Green
  • "I cannot praise Maria enough for sharing her gift of Mindfulness with others. Taking Maria's course changed my life in many ways. I attribute Maria's course with fulfilling a very special goal of mine which was having a family after 3 1/2 years of no success. Since her course I have also been able to focus on my career goals and have started my own business with another one of Maria's students. "
    Chris Patswell
  • "Thank you Maria for all you have taught me, your course transformed my life. As I read from your book "Mindful Leadership", one line stands out: "...as you move through the world as a mindful leader, you will touch the lives of many, some in big ways, some in small ways." Maria's insights and abilities as a teacher and a mentor touched my life in a "big way", and for that I will always be grateful. "
    Felicity Bannister, Co-Founder, Mindology.com
  • "... I'm calmer, more content and less flustered about the past or the future. Meditation adds a great amount of sanity to life... In my professional life, people see me as being more present and more confident..."
    Sean Foran
  • "... I find that my ability to concentrate is much greater than before I started to meditate. I also find that I am more creative than I was in the past… I am also able to anticipate client needs as well as manage stress better than I did before."
    Gaetano Geretto, President, Pelecanus Strategic Advisory Services Inc.
  • "... Maria brings a powerful combination of wisdom as a senior business leader and negotiator and enormous talent in guiding the deeply personal meditation process. This blend of experiences gives her the ability to understand and relate to clients on many levels."
    Lesley Parrott, Principal, Lesley Parrott Consulting
  • "... Working with Maria has taught me the difference in results that come from focus as opposed to multi-tasking. I have learned to get present before I interact with people so that I can devote my full attention to the issue at hand. I can also move through a very large list of things that need to be done and am more in control of my day."
    Jan Kestle, President, Environics Analytics
  • "... Meditating... has enabled me to be more calm and focused in meetings, making me more effective at my job. Small things that at one time may have bothered me tend to roll off, having minimal effect. I feel more connected to my inner self, more confident and optimistic for the future."
    Judy Sims, Vice President, Product Development and Business Management, Thestar.com
  • "... I apply Mindfulness in the workplace to better manage relationships. It has helped me to look at myself in a much more objective way. ... Instead of being judgmental I can be more introspective and make a situation pleasant rather than unpleasant."
    Jocelyne Achat
  • "... Meditation is a powerful coping skill for times of stress, and an amazing, life-enhancing practice in ordinary, daily life. It is simple, and its effects are immediate."
    Peggy Guest, President, Imperial Street Design
  • "Mindfulness Meditation provides a time to calm the mind and go within to find peace. It helps me to be more aware (and mindful) of everyday experiences and to listen better. It positively impacts communication. Meditation helps to put things in perspective."
    Kathy Wilkie, Registrar & Executive Director, College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario
  • "I started meditating... because I wanted to quiet my mind and learn how to be present and in the moment. My meditation practice has transformed my life, personally and professionally. I feel calm, patient, peaceful, present, kind and joyful...It has allowed me to be more productive because I'm able to stay focused."
    Peggie Pelosi, Founder/ President, Orenda Connections
  • "I attended Maria's Mindful Golf Workshop in 2007... I am calmer and more thoughtful on the golf course and I don't get down on myself as much for poor shots. ...After taking the course I won the Senior Ladies Club Championship. I can honestly say that I believe that the learnings from the Workshop contributed to this latter success."
    Gail Kilgour – member of St. George's Golf & Country Club
  • "I am thrilled to let you know how your Mindful Golf Workshop has helped my golf game; bottom line: my scores are better, my handicap is lower. I have more confidence that I can execute the shots that I want; I have more good shots and fewer bad shots... I can highly recommend the course to anyone who wants to improve their game, and their enjoyment of this great sport."
    Janice May – member of Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club
  • "I've been thrilled with the results I've seen after having attended the Mindful Golf Workshop. ... I immediately started putting the techniques and concepts I learned into practice on the course. Over the season I took ten strokes off my game... I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who wants to improve their game, be more relaxed, less frustrated, and have more fun."
    Gloria MacDonald - member of ClubLink

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