Be Fearless at Work: Rediscovering Our Natural Confidence in the Face of Life's Demands

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Self-Guided Workshop

You can become "mindful" - fully aware of your moment-to-moment experience - and open to creativity and possibility in your work life.

About This Workshop

Michael Carroll - Be Fearless at Work: Rediscovering Our Natural Confidence in the Face of Life's Demands

Work is such a crucial part of our life and yet we often struggle with - and feel powerless around - the numerous challenges it presents. Whether it's job insecurity, making peace with or leaving an unfulfilling job, or dealing with office conflicts, we often experience fear and a sense of groundlessness just at a time when we want to be our most creative and resilient. Drawing on Buddhist philosophy, Michael Carroll, a longtime human-resources executive, meditation teacher, and executive coach, will lead this 5 session program covering such topics as:

- What is mindfulness-awareness meditation and how can it help us rediscover our natural fearlessness?
- How does "cowardice" author the very circumstances that we are so afraid of confronting?
- How can we work with our emotions more skillfully when engaging life's demands?
- What role does being a "spiritual fool" play in being brave?
- What is the "wisdom of achieving nothing"?

Who should take this workshop?

Entrepreneurs, founders, professionals, leaders and aspiring leaders

What is the recommended time commitment for this workshop?

1 hour per session + 1 hour for office hours


Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll


Michael Carroll is the author of "Awake at Work" (Shambhala 2004) and "The Mindful Leader" (Shambhala 2007) and over his 28 year business career has held executive positions with such companies as Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company.

While I was working in corporate settings I was also being trained in meditation, and I found that this was tremendously useful at work. For example, one of the defining elements of livelihood is working with conflict. Work involves all kinds of conflicts with colleagues, competitors, auditors; in a sense engaging conflict is unavoidable at work. From the perspective of mindfulness, we need not see conflict as an intrusion or a problem; nor is it something to be avoided or dismissed. Rather, mindfulness trains the mind to look right into the conflict without anger or resentment or fear, and to work skillfully with conflicts of all kinds in order to bring about wholesome results whenever possible. Mindful leadership is very much about working with conflict in a way that inspires the best in others rather than creating a mess of aggression and resentment.


  • 1

    The primary fearless gesture

    During this session participants will learn how to meditate and design a plan for maintaining a daily meditation practice.

  • 2

    Exploring the ironies of cowardice

    During this session participants will explore their experience of fear on the job, in everyday life and as a meditator

  • 3

    Establishing a fearless presence

    During this session participants will explore the experience of fearless abundance and examine how to work with emotions while engaging life and work fearlessly.

  • 4

    Taming the mind

    During this session participants will explore further the practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation with an emphasis on “awareness” and “post-meditation” experience

  • 5

    Moving forward fearlessly

    During this session participants will consider how to bring the principles of Fearless at work into everyday life and consider making mindfulness-awareness an enduring part of their lives.