Current neuro-scientific research into Mindfulness has identified that the brain is more plastic than previously imagined. This is referred to as neuroplasticity. It is the biological basis for personal transformation and greater productivity.
Studies have shown that the brain can change based purely on mental training. This has huge ramifications for mental practice and its impact on overall well-being.
Mindfulness training has been found to impact on our limbic system or the emotional part of our brains, by reducing the activity of the amygdala. This region of the brain determines how much stress we experience and is central in modulating our fear and anxiety responses. Mindfulness changes the size of the amygdala.
Training in Mindfulness helps reduce emotional reactivity by increasing activity in the pre-frontal cortex (PFC) – the brain region that is called our “Inner CEO”, responsible for decision-making, planning, abstract thinking and emotional regulation. Mindfulness improves our PFC functioning by improving attention span.
Simply put, the PFC or the “thinking brain” sends a signal to the amygdala or “feeling brain” asking it to calm down. Thus the more connections or axons one has connecting the neurons between the PFC and the amygdala – the more one is able to skilfully self-regulate the stress response and the more ability we have to bounce back from complexity and adversity at work and in life.
With continuing research in this area we are learning more each day about how our brains function. We do know now that our brain is capable of change and that it can change as a result of our deliberate and intentional self-directed transformation through paying attention in a particular way. By altering our neural pathways it is possible to radically alter how we engage at work and in the world.
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Mindfulness is a skill and a way of being. It is a state of active, open attention to the present moment. Mindfulness is the simple practice of cultivating moment‐to-moment awareness. We drop our judgments. It enables us to tune into the present moment rather than living on auto-pilot rehashing the past or imagining the future.
To operate optimally you need to look at yourself comprehensively. It’s time for a corporate evolution in how employees are valued. To do that, self-awareness is key for transformative change to happen. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a far greater indicator of success today than IQ and self-awareness is the bedrock of EQ.
Imagine breaking with conventional thinking and instead radically transforming how you relate to and view your own mind and emotions. This evolution can begin with training the mind to recognise its habitual tendencies to wander and distract. Training in Mindfulness will naturally improve productivity and resilience in organizations.
Practicing Mindfulness is a valuable investment in our physical, mental and emotional health.
Time magazine wrote about the Mindful Revolution in 2011. Many companies globally are teaching their employees this aptitude. Mindfulness training has been embraced by a wide diversity of individuals, including lawyers, physicians, politicians, financial advisors and musicians. It’s even included in MBA programmes.
Current research shows that practising Mindfulness enhances leadership presence. When we’re in the company of mindful leaders we soon start to notice that they are different. They seem to exude a calm demeanour and have a sharper focus that helps them connect with people in the moment.
A number of well‐known companies have introduced Mindfulness into the corporate sphere. Here are some examples:
IF Insurance: A Mindfulness programme run within IF Insurance was independently evaluated by the Health Group in 2010. The reported results, based on participant’s self‐assessment included the following results:
Google: This organization offers employees the popular programme “Search Inside Yourself”. The class teaches Mindfulness through attention training, self‐knowledge and self‐mastery. New and useful mental habits are encouraged. The programme has helped Google employees cope with the company’s challenging and fast‐paced environment. Some outcomes reported include improved customer relations, enhanced ability to handle frustrating emotions and to calmly overcome objections during product demonstrations.
General Mills: The company offers a Mindful Leadership Programme that they report having increased productivity. Eighty percent of participants say it improved their ability to make better decisions, with increased clarity, while 89% improved their listening abilities.
Intel: Mindfulness training at this company has led to enhanced creativity and focus and lowered stress. Participants also report greater engagement in meetings and projects.
Other corporate early adopters: Mindfulness as a business tool has been adopted, among others, by Aetna International, eBay, Twitter, Facebook, Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Compusense, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Yahoo, Apple and Starbucks, Abbott Laboratories, American Red Cross, AOL Time Warner Inc, Deutsche Bank, Fortis Bank, General Motors, Toyota, Xerox, Volvo, Unilever, Reebok, IMB, Toronto City Hall, United HealthCare and Hughes Aircraft.
Mindfulness programme outcomes in the work arena report an improved:
Isn’t it perhaps time to consider incorporating Mindfulness as part of your employee wellness and leadership toolkit?
Understand stress and apply learning strategies and tools for its successful management. Increase emotional intelligence resulting in more resilient teams.
Learn skills of focus and attention in order to optimise concentration and enhance performance, productivity and the capacity to make good decisions under pressure.
Learn how to manage increasing complexity in organizations can reduce absenteeism by assisting employees and managers to be more adaptive, creative and flexible.
Mindfulness develops compassion and empathy, resulting in a culture that is more connected, engaged and able to manage relationships with integrity and care. Increased awareness on an individual and interpersonal level has the capacity to filter into the domain of recognising the global connection, imbuing enhanced awareness of sustainability, corporate responsibility and the company footprint.
Learn how to manage attention and engage with technology and information with greater skill, wisdom and choice.
Understand the management of the busy mind and learn how to take time out in a restorative manner which can increase creativity and innovation.