The Business Case For Mindfulness
Years ago, meditation was a niche practice reserved for the eccentric. But this practice isn't new. Mindful practice dates as far back as 5,000 B.C.E. At its core, mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment, rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
Today, meditation and mindfulness have become part of the daily routine for many professionals. Is it because movements, like Mindful in May, and companies like Google and Apple, attest to the benefits of this practice? Or is it because the fast-moving corporate world forces us all to find a way to de-stress?
We think there’s a definite case for making mindfulness a part of your organisation’s mantra. Here are four reasons why:
The nature of leadership today requires many managers to juggle multiple tasks while working harder and longer. Small bouts of meditation (it could be as simple as deep breathing) throughout the day can not only keep your leaders from burning out but also help them be more present in conversations, more aware of their emotions and more positive in their language.
One executive also described how the practice of meditation helped his decision-making and awareness of people around him. So, if you want your leaders to work smarter and improve their people management, add mindfulness to your leadership development mix.
Great strategies define a course of action that steers you through challenges. Without acute awareness of external and internal problems, your company could go through a very bumpy ride. That’s where being mindful helps. Perhaps one of the best-known executives, Steve Jobs, used the mind-clearing effects of meditation to improve how Apple operated. Jobs claimed that mindfulness allowed him to be more creative and clear in his thoughts
You too can include mindfulness as you map out your company strategy. Integrate quiet time into planning sessions and then let the creativity flow, explore what’s happening around your business and visualise what success looks like to build the right strategy.
One of the great things about being mindful is it promotes inclusion—people feel they are a valued part of achieving the company vision and feel supported by leaders and co-workers.
So, don’t stop at the top, encourage mindfulness throughout your organisation to improve employee engagement.
Resilient to change
Change is tough. In fact, research revealed employees going through organisational change needed more medical attention than those who aren’t experiencing change. It makes sense then to employ mindfulness to communicate more effectively, build compassion across the organisation and reduce the stress involved in change.
If mindfulness survived throughout millennia, it must mean it works. Let this time-tested method bring you success through a stronger strategy, more focused leaders, an engaged culture and a resilient workforce.