The business case for mindfulness
“The main business case for mindfulness is that if you’re fully present on the job, you will be a more effective leader, you will make better decisions and you will work better with other people.”
Bill George, ex-CEO Medtronic, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School
Being fully present on the job means being fully focused on the person or people you’re with, and the purpose of the interaction, while observing your own thoughts and feelings with perspective.
Developing mindful awareness is a powerful way of strengthening this capacity. Mindfulness practice creates the mental space to step back, observe and let go of any damaging self-talk and see things as they are. In this way you respond on purpose, with intention, rather than automatically from habit.
This makes you a better collaborator and a better decision maker. It makes you more resilient. And it gets better results for you and your business.
An increasing body of research bears this out, highlighting the particular importance to today’s leaders of resilience and collaborative decision-making skills. More information is available here:
How mindfulness can impact organisations
Mindfulness is beneficial to both individuals and teams. When mindfulness becomes a shared practice in an organisation, it permeates its processes and culture. The organisation as a whole becomes more resilient. Mindful organisations are more likely to thrive in the face of constant challenge and change.
Recognising this, a number of leading companies including RBS, Jaguar Land Rover, Apple, Google, GE, Deutsche Bank, Bosch, Intel and McKinsey have introduced mindfulness practices as a core element of their workforce development.
Developing a workplace mindfulness culture with Skilful Leaders may be one of the best investments you can make in your people and your business.
“Mindfulness blended with executive coaching can help emerging leaders to identify—and overcome—their limiting beliefs, behavior patterns, and interpersonal difficulties. Such programs can help them to develop new skill sets including the capacity to think strategically and motivate others.”
Harvard Business Review, January 2016