How To Calm A Hectic Business Culture
“I need that proposal ASAP”, “That order is due” or “The customer needs that request completed urgently”. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Business moves fast, customers move even faster and staying relevant with the trends is a never ending treadmill.
Is it possible to offset the panic and pace of business with a single strategy? A strategy that would help you think clearly, improve your reaction and improve business results. Would you adopt a strategy that improves results, culture and more?
In this MasterClass session we learn how to bring mindfulness into the workplace with Aili Kuutan. Previously, Aili had a career with Accenture as a management consultant and worked as a project coordinator with Bombardier. If you’re a skeptic about mindfulness and meditation, like I was, you’re in good company. So was Aili. Aili is now a Kundalini meditation and yoga teacher, a Duke-certified integrative health coach and speaker She also moonlights as a company culture consultant.
Use Mindfulness To Calm A Hectic Business Culture.
Aili says that the practice of meditation can help people feel calmer, grounded and centered. Instead of “reacting to things”, you’re “responding to things” so you have a conscious choice opposed to getting really angry, stressed out or overwhelmed”. The data certainly supports these benefits. Ten times more focus, fifty percent less illness and sixty five percent more well-being. It would be in any business leaders benefit to introduce meditation with data like this. Certainly it shouldn’t surprise you that leaders like Oprah and Arianna Huffington are supporters of meditation. But what about Salesforces Marc Benioff or Def Jam Founder Russell Simmons?
What if the data about meditation is wrong?
Imagine that you introduce meditation into your business and the studies and research are all wrong. You’ve just given your employees 10 – 15 minutes a day to self reflect, to listen to their thoughts to turn off their notifications. Imagine you weren’t able to reduce health care insurance costs like Nancy Slomowitz. What would happen? Without that improved focus and productivity? You’d lose 10 – 15 minutes of productivity a day from each employee. If that small amount of time returned a fragment of those benefits wouldn’t it still be worth it?
If that’s the worst-case scenario, what’s stopping you?
Check our discussion with Aili where she discusses the benefits, suggestions for beginners and what businesses would benefit from bringing meditation in.
Aili says that there is no wrong workplace for meditation. Could the future of work be one that includes daily meditation timeouts, where cell phones and alerts are turned off? Where groups gather for a few mindful moments before the day starts?
One step at a time.
Tell us what you think, would meditation work in your workplace and/or what are the challenges? Also, read what we learned over at converticulture.com/masterclassseries/meditationintotheworkplace/.