Leadership In Tech Episode 40: Leading, Coding, and Meditating: Interview With Morgan Dix

Welcome back to Leadership in Tech, and Happy New Years! We hope our listeners had a great New Year’s and New Years Eve. In our first episode of 2018, we have on special guest Morgan Dix, a meditation coach, cofounder of aboutmeditation.com and the host of the OneMind Meditation Podcast.

Morgan, Zac, and Errol bring in the new year by discussing meditation, and how it can benefit leaders, tech workers, and everyone else as well.

Below are links provided by Morgan for references to what he says during his interview, as well as for contacting him, or viewing his articles:




https://www.copyblogger.com/meditation-guide/ (this includes references to a lot of recent studies)

http://aboutmeditation.com/practicing-mindfulness-is-a-must-for-business-leaders/ (this gets deep into the brain science referencing a HBR article)

http://aboutmeditation.com/beginners-guide-science-meditation-2/ (this is a guide to science and meditation)

http://aboutmeditation.com/beginners-guide-mindful-work-2/ (a bunch of articles on how mindfulness helps in the workplace)

http://aboutmeditation.com/beginners-guide-creating-meditation-habit-2-3/ (all about creating a meditation habit)

As always, don't forget to check us out on social media(links can always be found at the top right hand corner of techonramp.com ), and if you're interested in learning more about our hosts, you can find Zac at Salt, and Errol at Leader 193!

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2:24: Interview Starts

3:41: Errol asks Morgan to start the show off by talking about the importance of being in the moment and how meditation facilitates that, especially as a leader or somebody looking to influence others. Morgan explains a brief history of meditations evolution and path to this recent status in our culture.

13:10: Zac talks about the tech side of meditation. He relates how stressful tech can be as a career field, and how meditation helps and has many benefits for tech workers. Zac brings up the idea of multitasking versus single tasking.

16:45: Errol says there's no such thing as multitasking and asks Morgan what his view on multitasking is. Morgan explains what he feels the difference is between multitasking, which is attempting to complete multiple tasks simultaneously, and being aware of multiple things going on or around you simultaneously, which is a type of awareness enhanced by mediation.

23:47: Zac asks Morgan how do you organize your life to get out of that constant cycle of little tiny micro stuff to be able to do what your saying? Morgan explains multiple possibilities that he feels could do something positive for the situation, but that it depends upon the specific situation.

26:02: Errol says to him meditation is all day every day, but he asks if your at your desk during the day, and you feel scatterbrained, is taking even just a quick 15 second instead of 15 minutes of breathing to get centered, if something like that even makes sense? Morgan says absolutely and explains why, using breathing in the Wim Hof method as an example.

33:11: Errol brings up flow state again, and asks Morgan to address some of the beginner questions he’s received about meditation, and what to actually expect in the flow state. Morgan explains two different approaches that encompass all meditation (focused awareness vs. free awareness), and uses them as the basis for his answers and explanations.

40:28: Errol brings up the misconception that eventually meditation is effortless. Morgan explains how after even 20-some years meditating, he still has to work for it and still can let his mind wander.

45:31: Zac talks about how as workers we are doers, and we don’t prioritize ‘being’ enough. Morgan explores this concept with Zac and his descriptions of how tech workers usually think of themselves.