Mindfulness for ProfessionalsGood management produces a vigorous culture and managing ourselves is the first challenge.
Mindfulness Practice in Business Environments
To manage anything, we must first manage ourselves. How present are we for our ongoing moment-to-moment experiences? Scattered and unfocused, life becomes stressed and confused. In the middle of multitasking activity, we can lapse into emotions and actions that lead to negative professional and personal outcomes.
With greater mindfulness we can act from choice and be more effective. When we examine the nature of what it means to live well, we know quality of life transcends bank accounts and we know living well means expressing our potential by doing meaningful work and making positive contributions. With greater mindfulness we can choose where to invest attention.
At the Asian Center for Applied Mindfulness, we believe mindfulness should be at the center of business. We introduce professionals to techniques for concentrating on breathing and becoming more aware of the senses. They learn how to center themselves at the office, in meetings, and while making decisions. It’s all about attention. By improving the quality of attention, we improve productivity and the quality of decisions.
Business schools are beginning to teach mindfulness. There are specific techniques for people to calm their minds and increase focus. Developing these skills is increasingly important for succeeding in an accelerating environment where distractions constantly intrude.
A quiet mind recognizes opportunities and is naturally creative. That mind is ready to react intelligently. When leaders implement these techniques in a workspace, mindful organizations emerge that pay more attention to what is happening within and around them.
Leaders who are mindful tend to be more effective in understanding and relating to others, and in motivating them toward shared goals. Hence they become more effective in leadership roles.William W. George
Being mindful at work is to acknowledge that work only offers the present moment. Work unfolds on its terms, not ours, and we can be awake as it unfolds or we can resist – a choice we make moment by moment.
If the mind is calm, your spontaneity and honest thoughts appear. You become more spontaneous.Chade-Meng Tan