Mindfulness in Business
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of staying attentive to the present moment. This attentiveness makes us fully available and responsive to whatever that particular moment demands. A strong foundation of mindfulness allows us to be fully present, fully efficient and fully effective leaders.
How Does Mindfulness Apply To The Workplace?
Fortune recently reported that 22% of American companies have mindfulness programs for their employees. This essential practice fosters transformative individual development that extends throughout the entire organization.
With mindfulness training, leaders gain key tools to face the challenges of a complex and volatile business environment. On an organizational level, mindfulness principles help cultivate a workplace environment that is focused and flexible. In turn, the organization as a whole can become healthy, productive and efficient.
Who Recommends Mindfulness Training?
The Harvard Business Review, in a review of the scientific literature around mindfulness, recently stated that mindfulness should no longer be considered a "nice-to-have," rather, it's a "must-have" – a way to keep our brains healthy, to support self-regulation and effective decision-making capabilities, and to protect ourselves from toxic stress.
Neuroscientists have determined that practicing mindfulness also is a key component in the development of emotional intelligence and helps cultivates sustained high performance, more effective communication and greater individual wellbeing.