Updated: Jul 1, 2021
More and more leaders are purposely moving their teams and organizations towards a culture of mindfulness. These aren't folks in benefits or wellbeing - they are human capital and operating leaders who are working to solve costly business problems.
Here’s some of what we're hearing (and some conclusions drawn, so far):
1. There’s a growing interest in building company cultures around the outcomes of mindfulness. These leaders have connected the dots, and realize that improving health and happiness, clarity and awareness, focus and concentration, compassion and kindness... create the conditions for stronger performance and higher productivity.
2. There seems to be a genuine empathy among these leaders (partly born of common experience), for the anxiety, distraction, and discomfort unfolding in the workforce. They understand the personal and professional cost of chronic stress – many have been white-knuckling it themselves, through decades of accelerating complexity and change.
3. The people they most value, and want to work alongside are positive, motivated, self-aware, and emotionally intelligent – all traits associated with mindfulness, and validated by neuroscience as outcomes of practice.
4. There’s a growing understanding that a small investment in a simple neural-training process can not only turn a life filled with distraction, anxiety, and negativity into one of calm, clarity, and positivity – It can produce extraordinary business results, too.
Mindfulness meditation is a 2,500-year-old superpower, that we’re just beginning to understand. What’s equally exciting is how our knowledge of the brain is expanding. Because meditation is a step-by-step process that rewires our neural firing patterns, the story here is bigger than simply health and happiness – It goes to all of the beneficial outcomes that this (or a similar) mental process be applied to achieve...
Well, who knows? – What’s clear already though, is that organizations of all types can benefit from happier, healthier, more motivated, engaged, and high-performing people. And those are all outcomes of science-based modern mindfulness, today.
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