Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

“For nearly four decades, Langer’s research on mindfulness has influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology. It demonstrates that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on autopilot, we can reduce stress, unlock creativity, and boost performance. “Mindfulness is the essence of engagement,” Langer says. “And it’s energy-begetting, not energy-consuming.” It enables people to recognize and take advantage of opportunities when they arise and to avert risk. Furthermore, Langer says, “You like people better, and people like you better, because you’re less evaluative. You’re more charismatic.”

In this interview she discusses the link between mindfulness and innovation, what managers can do to become more mindful, why mindfulness makes one less judgmental about others, and more.”

Read the Interview in The Harvard Business Review

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