The Mindful Workplace: Developing Resilient Individuals and Resonant Organizations with MBSR

The Mindful Workplace: Developing Resilient Individuals and Resonant Organizations with MBSR

Michael Chaskalson

Language: English

Pages: 226

ISBN: 0470661593

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This book offers a practical and theoretical guide to the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the workplace, describing the latest neuroscience research into the effects of mindfulness training and detailing an eight-week mindfulness training course.

  • Provides techniques which allow people in organizations to listen more attentively, communicate more clearly, manage stress and foster strong relationships
  • Includes a complete eight-week mindfulness training course, specifically customized for workplace settings, along with further reading and training resources
  • Written by a mindfulness expert and leading corporate trainer

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unable to feel joy. They sometimes also experienced acute increases in sadness accompanied by uncontrollable crying. In contrast, if the damage was to the right side, people were often indifferent to the injury and sometimes prone to inappropriate laughter. Digging deeper into the possible meaning of these findings, Davidson and his colleagues2 reported that activity in the prefrontal cortex, as detected by EEG, reflects a person’s emotional state and the extent of activation on the right or the

capacity for empathy it is likely that your own thoughts will be in some ways aligned with the thoughts of the other person. 5. Check back and stay open. Thoughts aren’t facts! Always check that what you think the other person is thinking and feeling is what they are actually thinking and feeling. Ask open questions and be ready to revise your opinion. References 1 Albrecht, K. (2005) Social intelligence: The new science of suc­cess,

information available, and this frequently results in information overload. Leaders can become prisoners of too much cognitive input when what they should do is improve the quality of the attention they give to the here and now.12 Mindfulness frees up mental energy and allows us to pay heed to immediate experience – as it happens. Bryant cites the case of a CEO of a major utility company who was sensing high levels of power struggle and resistance during a meeting with his executive team. This is

resilience; lower rates of health-related absenteeism; increased self-awareness and awareness of others; enhanced communication skills; increased concentration and attention span; lower levels of impulsivity; a greater capacity to hold and manipulate information; improved sleeping patterns; lower levels of psychological distress, including depression and anxiety; higher levels of well-being and overall work and life satisfaction. This list is far from exhaustive. No one, so far as I

course is that, over the fortnight gap between sessions, people can sometimes lose their motivation and home practice can suffer. A weekly check-in can make it easier to adhere to the home-practice requirement. For that reason it can be helpful to have participants pair up with a ‘practice buddy’ with whom they check in once a week – not to advise each other, but simply to discuss how they’ve got on with their home practice. Courses can also be delivered one-to-one, as a form of personal

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