Marc Lesser and I have been friends through a business-related circle for years, and during that time I have come to know him as thoughtful, funny, and humane -- I have benefited again and again from his wise counsel. But here's the thing: Despite our long friendship and my front-row seat to the incredible success of SIYLI, I've been slow to "mindfulness." I've meditated occasionally (in fits and starts) but I've never really gotten the potential power of a regular practice (or, frankly, had the patience to learn where to start). Now, thanks to "Seven Practices," I think I am starting to.
And that's one big thing about Marc's new book: He writes so clearly and personally, from such a wide range of experiences (deeply personal as well as professional), that I found it easy to connect his recommendations to my own life and experience. Clearly, in addition to all of his other fine attributes, he's a great teacher.
And now that I think I get it, I have work to do. "Seven Practices" is not a long book -- the meat of it is only 190 pages -- and it doesn't require any special knowledge -- perhaps only a nub of awareness that coping successfully with the stresses of being human, much less being an effective leader, in this crazy world isn't something that just happens. I am, for sure, a beginner, but I am already profiting from my time with this great little book. I highly highly recommend it.