There is a tangible and pervasive mindfulness revolution going on in the workplace. It’s a steep departure from the historical trend where top brass management created unhealthy business cultures by promoting “dollars and cents” rationality, information gatekeepers and abstract business concepts.
Due to the incredible advances in technology over the past 15 years turning both the access to information and the information itself into commodities, this form of business management has been exposed as a destructive force from within the business ecosystem.
The present shift, therefore, has been an adoption of policies that deemphasize a hierarchical rigid business structure, which alienates stakeholders, employees and management. This disconnect among invested interests creates a business culture of inertia and stagnation. In order to get out of the quicksand of the old business model, companies are beginning to address a comprehensive and balanced business foundation and a more open social culture. When stakeholders, employees and executives begin to interact and communicate clearly and effectively, a business culture will be fully integrated and will be able to address all aspects of why and how a particular business functions.
Mindfulness is a technique as well as a practice that increases our human potential by creating a stronger connection between mind and body. The practice of conscious awareness is about discovering a mind that is stable, calm and in harmony and balance with the environment.
IT’S A DISCIPLINE AND A PRACTICE
Mindfulness affects our internal mental discipline because the practice eliminates mind clutter and makes space for creative insight while reducing the stress of thinking you have to multi-task to keep up productivity. Multi-tasking is the biggest
myth in business today. To be mindful is to focus completely on the one task at hand. You can’t do 5 things well. Be fully conscious on one activity at a time and productivity will increase.
MINDFULNESS IN BUSINESS
Mindfulness and business intersect moment by moment throughout the day. This conscious awareness is essential in the development of effective management. Business schools are beginning to embrace mindfulness as a skills as it has increased in popularity in the corporate world. Business schools are teaching and studying mindfulness as an approach to increase awareness of oneself and with others in the work environment.
As a result of mindfulness, the corporate culture connects more inclusively with its employees. Mindfulness has many applications for executives who want to clear their heads and become aware of the reflexive emotional reactions that can lead to bad decisions. Mindfulness results in changing people’s behavior: people listen and get along better, there is less judgment and less labeling and everyone is less resistant and less reactive. The overall business culture thrives in a happier environment.
Mindfulness is how the real work begins in business.
Joan Frances Moran is a Creative Thought Leader and motivational expert. She teaches management, employees and business leaders how to think creatively, implement innovative ideas, adapt to change, achieve work life balance and live a life of optimum wellness.
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