The Non-Obvious Guide To Mindfulness At Work

(Without Standing On Your Head)

by Paresh Shah and Dr. Eliza Shah


People with technical backgrounds and talent have provided some of the greatest innovations to mankind. They also have their own idiosyncrasies, biases and blindspots that can make leading them particularly challenging at times. The Non-Obvious Guide to Leading Technical People (whether you are a Nerd or Not!) provides practical ways to effectively lead engineers, IT pros, scientists and other analytical talent and take your career and contributions to whole new levels.

You don’t necessarily need an MBA to learn to be an effective technical manager and drive innovation, high-performance projects and stress-free execution. Learn how to be an inspiring, influential and successful leader of technical people — quirks and all!

In this refreshing book, leadership and innovation experts, Paresh and Eliza share insights and skills on technical leadership from over 30 years of direct experience as techies themselves and as advisors to leading-edge organizations.

As part of the Non-Obvious Guide series published by IdeaPress, learn the 7 great strengths that can be leveraged to motivate, drive performance and innovate with technical teams. Become attuned to the 7 major blindspots that most technical staff and their leaders suffer from that lead to poor project execution, lack of innovation and team conflict. Then learn, practice and master the 7 Leadership Essentials to equip you and your tech teams with cutting-edge methods to drive performance such as:

1. Balancing the technical, the business and human dimensions
2. Customer-Centric Listening to Understand
3. Sparking Non-Obvious Innovation On-Demand
4. Fostering Productive Dialog in Team Conflicts
5. Storytelling for Inspiration and Persuasion
6. Moving from Micro to Macro Management
7. Activating Lifter Leadership for motivate today’s workers


Paresh Shah, is a positive force for transformation in every project he is involved in. Paresh leaves his distinct mark of new ideas, new possibilities and tangible action in the hearts and minds of the clients he serves and the audiences he inspires. He is about making difference at scale — not incremental — transformative. His mission is to help leaders and business perform to uplift their co-workers, customers, community and their company, on purpose.

Dr. Eliza Mountcastle Shah is Co-founder and CEO of Lifter Leadership Company.   A multi-talented leader, Eliza studied neuroscience and Harvard University receiving her PhD in Genetics and Neurodevelopment.  She has special expertise in human communications, productive dialog, expression, the power of giving, organizational behavior and creating and holding spaces that foster ease, communication and harmony.  As a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, her research was in the area of Genetics and Public Policy, in particular, technology transfer from Academia to Application and the role of Media in translating Scientific Discoveries for use the General Public.