I have been talking about mindfulness in my last few blogs. Now I want to explain in what specific ways mindfulness can be used in an organisation…
It’s the Monday morning review meeting. Whether it’s you leading or someone else you’re going to spend the next 30-90 minutes going over past events and planning future activities. You’re hardly mentally in the present at all, except when you’re focussing on how to handle the dynamic in the room. But you are physically in the present of course.
What’s more there’ll probably be some people writing emails on their laptop while half listening – or pretending to. Body in the room, mind elsewhere. That’s a total location imbalance…
Obviously the review is very important – I do it myself. And of course it’s just one example of how our attention is inevitably drawn away from where our body is in time and space. Meetings, report writing, planning and forecasting, analysis, attending presentations, interviews, training, leader / follower interactions, project management can all take us away from the Now.
These important routines are all essential to getting things done so, clearly, we’re not going to abandon them. But that doesn’t mean we have to be helpless about the mindfulness implications.
Mindfulness is about uniting mind, body and spirit in the same time and place to give us harmony, balance and a calm awareness and acceptance of our feelings, thoughts, and sensations.
To refresh our memories, the benefits of mindfulness include:
Therefore, what can we do at work to avoid missing out on all that!?
Quite a lot:
This not only promotes mindfulness; it puts people in a calm high performance state for the meeting itself. Reasoning, grace, motivation, creativity and resilience are all aided.
It’s tempting to think of such time-outs as lazy and unproductive. In fact they have precisely the opposite effects: giving energy, enhancing effectiveness, and maximising positive.
Inspirational business psychologist Graham Keen is CEO of New Impetus International Ltd, an independent company with bases in Cheshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire and Copenhagen. He founded the company in 2000 to create and deliver services solidly based on hard evidence. The firm now works with 140 clients worldwide, including many household names, mostly in the UK, Continental Europe, and a bit in the USA and Middle East.
An Oxford University Engineering Science graduate, Graham trained in positive psychology with Prof Martin Seligman in 2003, which taken together with his earlier experience as plc CFO and corporate finance practitioner, brings a unique view of business.
Graham is an energising tutor and speaker. He is warm but direct, passionate, and occasionally hilarious. He has the knack of telling surprising and uncomfortable truths in a way that inspires acceptance and ignites action.
He has a 20 year track record of winning even reluctant people’s buy-in to change, and consistently improving patterns of organisational behaviour.
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