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MEDITATION is now moving into the boardroom with studies showing that it improves
Meditation is a growing business trend that may be coming soon to an office near you. It is cropping up in human resources programs across the country to promote calm as we work overtime, skip lunch, do meeting marathons, save our annual leave, lose sleep over job security and monster mortgages and multi-task like mad in the global recession backwash...
Bosses are starting to realise that investing in stress-reduction programs, such as meditation, makes fiscal sense, too.
The Daily Telegraph
Want to be a better leader?
Or find management inspiration, at least?
Here you can learn from a baker’s dozen of the most prevalent types.
13 Ways of Looking at a Leader – one of them – Mindfulness!
Too many leaders cruise through life on old assumptions and unquestioned rules of thumb, according to psychology professor Ellen Langer. If those leaders paid close attention to their environments – noticing, probing, analyzing, and, most important, listening to others – then they would ask smarter questions, detect nascent change, and become better learners. Mindfulness plays to entrepreneurs’ love of novelty and is probably easier for founders of young companies, who have not yet developed rigid habits of thought. But corporate giants have birthed mindful leaders, too, such as former Procter & Gamble chief A.G. Lafley, who loved talking to customers in their homes and grocery stores.
Source & Details: http://www.inc.com
Getting Far, Far Away From It All
On a Friday morning in October – Oct. 21, to be exact – Mark Trippetti, an advertising consultant from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, surrendered his laptop and iPhone to storage at a remote mountainside centre in southern Colorado and prepared to drop out of human contact for a month...
Source & Details: http://www.nytimes.com
A Moment of Zen Before Taking Flight
Since then I’ve learned that most major airports have these little prayer or quiet rooms. It’s so cool. I might be alone or sharing the space with people of different faiths and beliefs. It’s so incredibly peaceful and I feel renewed when I hop on the plane...
Source & Details: The New York Times
Mindfulness is used to prevent and treat PTSD
The U.S. Military is using new techniques to help reduce PTSD and increase soldier resiliency. Experts with the Mind-Fitness Training Institute (MFTI) in Alexandria are training soldiers and civilian emergency responders in mindfulness meditation. Military officials are working with this non-profit organization, offering 8-week courses that teach mindfulness and resilience skills.
Elizabeth Stanley, Ph.D., the founder of MFTI, used meditation exercises to conduct studies with military personnel. They found that regular practice of mindfulness meditation is linked to a decrease in stress and slows the development of functional impairments in high stress situations.
Source & Details: http://www.wusa9.com
Tap into your personal energies
Would you take a course that teaches you positive ways to focus your mind on your work?
Georgina Wistow, director of organisation development and design for BT Innovate and Design, attended the course at Cranfield University and thinks putting attention on inner resources is timely after recent financial upheavals.
"Leaders have come to prize short-term execution and delivery, but as we go into a period of growth and health people have got to show up as authentic leaders. The past three years have been about noise, attack and challenge, but being an authentic leader always comes from inside."
Source & Details: http://www.independent.co.uk
Business Skills and Mindfulness
Business schools are beginning to embrace a practice that has grown popular in the corporate world – teaching and studying mindfulness, the originally Buddhist approach to increasing awareness of oneself and one’s surroundings.
In M.B.A. and executive-education courses, a handful of professors offer techniques to help students calm their minds and increase their focus. Such skills, they argue, are crucial for those hoping to succeed in an increasingly frenetic environment where distractions from an always-buzzing phone to pressure for strong quarterly profit reports constantly impinge on decisions.
Source & Details: The Wall Street Journal
What Zen Taught Silicon Valley...
...(and Steve Jobs) about Innovation
It’s an idea that’s in the ether these days.
A recently published title from Wiley, Zennovation proffers "an East-West approach to business success".
There’s also a popular blog called Valley Zen that explores the synergy between Silicon Valley innovation and Zen philosophy.
And according to Les Kaye, a Zen abbot based in the Valley, there’s no shortage of innovative types coming to his Kannon Do Zen Meditation Center in Mountain View – including folks from Google and Apple, along with entrepreneurs and the odd venture capitalist.
Source & Details: http://www.fastcodesign.com
The Mindful International Manager
Consultant Jeremy Comfort and Professor Peter Franklin provide basic pointers on how to become "mindful" of aspects of culture that, if ignored, could derail your business.
Understanding the cultural differences among the people you work with is not enough; you also must use those differences to reach your business goals.
The ability to move from awareness to performance requires "mindfulness".
Source & Details: http://www.washingtonpost.com
Seven sources of leadership power
Mindfulness enables leaders to "catch" the thousands of guises and ruses that their ego indulges in, and it will provide the moments of pause where responsibility can be taken and free choices made.
Mindfulness, including meditation, can make this source of power available to us by helping leaders to access that calm and still place inside themselves to allow in courage, clarity of insight and intuition.
Source & Details: http://www.businessspectator.com
...is No Longer Measured by Money or Power
Leaders in the workplace must recalibrate their definition of success so that it’s based on the opportunities and advancements they create for others and not just themselves.
Successful leadership is something that happens organically when a leader focuses on the true impact of her actions.
A true leader must be mindful of his personal and spiritual goals as well as his professional goals, and take care that his decisions at work reflect not just the kind of money he wants to earn, but the kind of person he wants to be.
Source & Details: Forbes
Leadership is a rare quality
Leadership is a rare quality, and those that can lead in more than one organization are rarer still. These 7 characteristics form the basics of the intangibles that distinguish great leaders. Study them and make them your own, especially if you are moving up – or over – in the leadership ranks.
Leadership is always being purposeful and mindful of your actions and how they impact those around you. That is why the selfish know-it-all type leaders fail in environments they can’t control. In fact, the very best leaders are less concerned about controlling others and more concerned about creating the environment that allows those around them to be successful. People love to be led by those that help them mature, develop and prosper.
Source & Details: Forbes
The Impact of a Good Leader...
...and Good Leadership in Society
A positive leader will always be mindful of the fact that people need to be achieving something in their professional capacities in order to lead the society forward, and hence the leader will emphasize the importance of education, picking the right career, working hard and focusing on performance.
Source & Details: Industry Leaders Magazine
The Joy of Quiet
As our lives become more hectic, the need to slow down becomes more urgent
It’s vital, of course, to stay in touch with the world, and to know what’s going on; I took pains this past year to make separate trips to Jerusalem and Hyderabad and Oman and St Petersburg, to rural Arkansas and Thailand and the stricken nuclear plant in Fukushima and Dubai.
But it’s only by having some distance from the world that you can see it whole, and understand what you should be doing with it...
Source & Details: http://www.todayonline.com
The Power of Pause
At a higher level, as leaders, pausing and reflecting enables us to ask what our role really is, how to more effectively empower others to be the best at the roles they are supposed to play and, therefore, what we should really get involved with.
Pause and reflection create space for us and for others – everybody becomes more effective and can grow.
How do you create pause and space in your life as a leader?
Source & Details: Harvard Business Review
Stressed and Sleepless in the UK
According to a couple of news reports from Britain, the ongoing financial crises - and the stress they cause to everyone from bank executives to everyday investors - are taking a toll on health, well being, and sleep.
This news story focuses on the effects of the European debt crisis on workers in the banking industry. Depression, anxiety and insomnia are common and widespread among the UK’s financial workforce, according to the article and these disorders are affecting those at all levels of the industry, from top executives on down.
Reports that forecast increasing unemployment and particularly heavy layoffs in the financial sector are, understandably, exacerbating stress for workers in the financial industry...
Source & Details: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk