Our work shows that the application of mindfulness principles can dramatically enhance organizational success. Results include greater efficiency, effectiveness, innovation and a higher likelihood of survival in a changing world:

  • Reduced burnout and health costs
  • Increased effectiveness through clarity about one’s desired future
  • Greater innovation in solving problems and developing possibilities
  • Greater efficiency through less waste of resources and human creativity
  • Taking appropriate organizational and personal risk as a natural function of changing world and work contexts
  • Overall greater job satisfaction.

Our mindfulness approach focuses on achieving these results by helping leaders to:

  • Embrace change:  asking “how” rather than “can”
  • Encourage questioning the status quo—being fearless:  Understand that rules are made by rulers and develop flexibility of thinking and managing
  • Create a nonjudgmental, positive environment in which staff are able to be their “best selves” and showcase their hidden assets in an open environment—key hallmarks of a successful organization culture
  • Protect against solving today’s problems with yesterday’s solutions
  • Appreciate the importance of interpersonal dynamics versus a reliance solely on work content;
  • Create a high performing, creative and integrated team dynamic
  • Learn the advantage of work/life integration rather than work/life balance

Companies whose leaders prioritize increasing mindfulness at all levels in the company benefit from an innovative, collaborative, organizational culture where:

  • Work is fun
  • Mistakes are not punished
  • Personal differences are valued
  • Multiple solutions are sought for every problem
  • People matter

Read Ellen’s HBR article on Mindful Leadership.

Watch Ellen at Pop!Tech 2013 discuss the surprising power of being present during everyday activities. “We have many, many studies that suggest that the limits we assume are real are artificial, and that we don’t have to accept them at all.”

Mindfulness Over Matter

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