Wisdom at Work

Mindful Leadership & Executive Presence



Vital Strategies for Mind Fitness, Change Resilience, Innovation, and Wisdom at Work

We were perhaps the first people to introduce the meme of “Mindful Leadership” into mainstream culture and organizations back in the 70s, and the success of our programs with leaders in business, medicine, military, government, and sports arenas has helped to open the way for the many programs that have followed.  Our unique approach to Mindful Leadership PLUS Mind Fitness – expands the scope of leadership development to include a wealth of potent methods that complement and explained the capacities of mindful leaders.  

We have recently been honored by invitation to offer a special briefing on mindfulness in the workplace for the All Parliamentary Round Table on Mindfulness at British Parliament, and to serve as advisors in Parliaments Mindful Nation UK Report.  We have also developed special programs on Mindful Leadership and Wisdom at Work for key leaders in the Prime Minister’s Office of Dubai.  After the success of Google’s Search Inside Yourself Program, we were asked to develop the follow-on program for Google which they called Google’s Mindfulness and Meditation Laboratory. This program reached and inspired Googlers in 24 Google offices around the globe and served to inspired the company wide adoption of mindfulness practices.  Through a recent collaboration with our colleagues at MindLab in the UK we are now including a profound set of new Mindfulness apps as part of our Mindful Leadership Programs.

Demonstrating the profoundly practical value of Mindful Leadership and Executive Presence in the workplace, our pioneering work in the field of mindful leadership, mind-fitness training, and resilience has helped inspire a growing wave of interest in applying this work in a wide range of industries and arenas.

Our unique approach to the practice of Mindful Leadership has four primary elements:


[list_item]Mindfulness and the Mastery of Attention[/list_item]
[list_item]Clarity of Intention ~ Living and Working “On Purpose”[/list_item]
[list_item]Optimization of Attitude, Ethical and Emotional Intelligence[/list_item]
[list_item]Integration into every domain of daily life, work, and relationships[/list_item]

[/check_list]Our work of introducing the practices of “Mindfulness” and “Presence” to leaders and teams in the workplace began well before the widespread popularization of mindfulness through the inspiring work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and others involved in the field of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.  Over the years, our programs in Mindful Leadership have inspired thousands of seasoned and emerging leaders in hundreds of organizations around the globe including:  Google, NASA, NOAA, World Bank, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Boeing, Hyperion, Intuit, Sun MicroSystems, Qualcomm, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers, International Center for Organization Design, Institute for Health and Productivity Management, AT&T Bell Labs, HP Labs, MIT, Stanford Research Institute, U.S. Army Special Forces, U.S. Air Force, West Point Military Academy, Decurion, St. Francis Hospice, Snohomish School District, Richardson School District, Pratt-Whitney Rocketdyne, Philips Medical Systems, University of Minnesota Medical School, University of Washington Medical School Faculty and Nursing School Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, and Mahidol University (Thailand).

Wisdom at Work’s unique Mindful Leadership programs include a broader spectrum of profoundly practical Mind-Fitness skills than most mindfulness programs and are custom designed to meet the unique needs of each of our clients.


Program Formats include:


[list_item]Intensive Mindfulness in the Workplace immersion programs that take place in the office (ideally five days on-site allowing people to attend to their daily work while integrating the practice of mindfulness)[/list_item]

[list_item]Off-site intensive Mindfulness Immersion retreats ranging from one to ten days[/list_item]

[list_item]Weekly classes[/list_item]

[list_item]Weekend workshops[/list_item]

[list_item]Interactive webinars/teleseminars of varying lengths[/list_item]

[list_item]Exciting new Mindfulness apps for guiding practice and charting progress over time[/list_item]

[list_item]Mindfulness Facilitator Training and Certification Programs[/list_item]

[list_item]Follow-up sessions to deepen and refine the practice[/list_item] [/arrow_list]

Examples of Our Mindful Leadership Programs:


Our Unique Approach to Mindful Leadership:


[list_item]We pioneered the introduction of Mindful Leadership for mainstream organizations in the 70s and were perhaps the first to offer programs by this title for mainstream organizations.[/list_item]

[list_item] Insight from nearly four decades of compelling evidence-based research that confirms the profoundly practical value and benefits to individuals, teams, and organizations that create mindful cultures at work.[/list_item]

[list_item]More than four decades of intensive personal practice and research in Mindfulness-related mind-fitness disciplines with respected mentors from many different streams of mindfulness traditions.    [/list_item]

[list_item]Decades of experience teaching mindfulness to a wide diversity of people in leading organizations and diverse cultures around the globe.[/list_item]


Wisdom at Work’s transformational Mindful Leadership programs have inspired people of widely diverse backgrounds, educations, culture, languages, and beliefs, and can be scaled to deliver value to individual leaders and dynamic working teams as well as to whole communities and organizations who take mindfulness as a core success factor in their work together.

Our extensive expertise and enduring success in making a wide array of mindfulness practices and teachings relevant and accessible to corporate and organizational audiences distinguishes our work from many others working in this field who have far less personal and professional experience.  Thus, our unique approach to introducing mindfulness into workplaces as a vital organizational “operating system” has a much wider and deeper impact than merely teaching mindfulness as an “app” that is used by some but not widely understood or integrated into enhancing the quality of every aspect and encounter of life-work within an organization. Our work is inspired by Einstein’s insight that solutions to the complex challenges in our lives and times will not be found at the same levels of thinking or consciousness that created them, and that substantially new levels of consciousness and capability are essential if humanity is to survive and thrive.


“Joel and Michelle Levey have skillfully woven together contemporary insights into the value and need for mind-fitness and meditation practices with a large number of evocative suggestions for practice.  Joel and Michelle clearly have a great deal of experience teaching a wide range of different settings and this is reflected in the precision and vividness of their instructions.  There is strength in the simplicity of their explanation of the value of these practices and their clear instructions for how to practice.” 

Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in bringing Mindfulness Based training into mainstream business and medicine regarding the Leveys’ teachings.

“The Leveys’ work and writings offer a skillful blend of time proven antidotes to the stress of modern life.”
— Dan Goleman, Ph.D., author, Social IntelligenceEmotional Intelligence, and Focus

“You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner-transformational sciences to people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings.” 

The Dalai Lama, an advisor on a number of the Leveys projects

“You have been so inspirational in the field of mindfulness teaching over so many decades.” 

— Chris Ruane, MP, British Parliament 

The work of Joel and Michelle Levey has long been a luminous thread in the fabric of the Great Turning.  They embody in many ways this epochal transition to a life-sustaining society.” 

 Joanna Macy, Deep Ecologist, Activist, Scholar, another of our mentors also encouraged our work saying:,

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Mindfulness Resources from Wisdom at Work:

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind-Fitness

Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World

Levey Mind Fitness Frontier Article

Excerpts from our book Wisdom at Work 

Notes on Mind Fitness Research and Resources

Notes on our Programs of Mindful Leadership, Mind Fitness, Resilience and Wisdom at Work