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Enliven Your Work with Mindfulness

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Ellen Langer, professor of psychology at Harvard University, explains why we need to stop operating on auto-pilot. #mindulness #resilience


Via Annette Swann
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A short and informative video with one of the greats in the field of mindfulness. Ellen Langer introduces a different definition of mindfulness than most, but one that might resonate with a lot of people.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 23, 6:50 PM

Seems we are mindless most of the time.  Our best results come when we are aware of what is happening around us.

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Be suspicious of stories

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 Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives -- and our messy, complicated irrational world -- in terms of a simple narrative.
(Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)


Via Philippe Vallat
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Anyone who practices mindfulness is very intimately familiar with "the storyteller". What Tyler Cowan talks about in the excellent TEDx talk could be quite upsetting to some people who haven't been deep in their practice. Very good! 

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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 15, 3:47 AM

About stories, mental laziness, cognitive biases, manipulation

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Mindfulness Training Program May Help Olympic Athletes Reach Peak ... - Imperial Valley News

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Mindfulness Training Program May Help Olympic Athletes Reach Peak ...
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A really, really good article on the impacts of mindfulness practice on performance! Good discussion also f the changes in the brain. A must-read!

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Mindfulness Training May Ease Combat Stress, Related Illness - PsychCentral.com

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Mindfulness Training May Ease Combat Stress, Related Illness Mindfulness meditation training may help U.S.
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While I cringe at the association of mindfulness and war, my compassion for the men and women involved in combat makes me glad to read that mindfulness is helping reduce their suffering.

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The inner workings of the executive brain

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New research shows that the best business minds make decisions very differently than we thought.

Via Susan Bainbridge
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This is an excellent summary of research on problem - solving and the brain.  Huge implications for all leaders.  And the role of attention control is undeniable. A good read. 

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Des Kirby's curator insight, April 29, 7:56 AM

"We often think a deadline can help us shake off inertia and focus on getting a job done. But the brain research suggests precisely the opposite is true. A deadline, instead, more often limits our thinking and can lead to much worse decision making."

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, April 29, 11:35 AM

Most of us assume that when we try to solve problems, we're drawing on the logical parts of our brains. But, in fact, great strategists seem to draw on the emotional and intuitive parts of their brain much more.

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, June 24, 4:06 PM

Good WSJ article on leadership and decision-making: "Take much of what you know about how  executives make decisions. Now, forget it." New brain research shows most of what we thought we know about executive decision making is wrong

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There's no price tag on a clear mind: Intel to launch mindfulness program - The Guardian

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The Guardian There's no price tag on a clear mind: Intel to launch mindfulness program The Guardian Whether it's via deep breathing, meditation or a quiet moment to reflect, companies like Google, Twitter and Medium encourage the use of mindfulness...
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This is a very good piece about a new mindfulness program being launched at Intel. Looks at some of the factors behind the decision and some of the expected benefits. I like the details about how they are tailoring it to their culture.

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Reduce Information Overload By Being Mindful - Lifehacker Australia

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Reduce Information Overload By Being Mindful
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... social media and constant communication but for many, that is just isn't practical.
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Very readable, short article. I love the idea of mindful emailing, and how it saved thousands of hours of work at one company. Yet another example of the higher cognitive centres overriding the impulses of the lower, more primitive networks in the brain.

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Mindfulness in policing: Hillsboro cops look inward to keep the peace (first ... - The Oregonian

Mindfulness in policing: Hillsboro cops look inward to keep the peace (first ... - The Oregonian | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
Mindfulness in policing: Hillsboro cops look inward to keep the peace (first ...
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I am so encouraged to see developments like these.

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Mindfulness training shifts diabetic patients off autopilot - Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network

Mindfulness training shifts diabetic patients off autopilot
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SAN FRANCISCO – Cultivating mindfulness in patients with diabetes is a useful self-help strategy to combat depression and foster healthy habits.
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Another strong study that shows the lasting effects of mindfulness practice.  I especially liked the mention of a study with a five year follow up.  That's the kind of evidence that will convince the most ardent skeptics.

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Enliven Your Work with Mindfulness

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Ellen Langer, professor of psychology at Harvard University, explains why we need to stop operating on auto-pilot. #mindulness #resilience


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Pierre Gauthier's insight:

A short and informative video with one of the greats in the field of mindfulness. Ellen Langer introduces a different definition of mindfulness than most, but one that might resonate with a lot of people.

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, February 23, 6:50 PM

Seems we are mindless most of the time.  Our best results come when we are aware of what is happening around us.

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Joining Strengths and Mindfulness (Book Review) - Positive ...

Joining Strengths and Mindfulness (Book Review) - Positive ... | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning (Theano Coaching LLC). She teaches positive workplace concepts at the University of ...
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This looks like an excellent book, very "open source", and I happen to share the perspective that mindfulness and strengths-based approaches are a natural fit. They complement each other nicely, especially in a corporate environment. I will be getting a copy of this book for sure. (And a good book review, to boot) 

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Mindfulness: Has Your Ego Slipped Inside Your Witness?

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Mindfulness is more than a social media trend. True mindfulness is a challenge that requires the fierceness of an awareness warrior, but it is a challenge that is well worth the effort.

Via Kimberley L. Berlin, LSW, CSAC
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How nice to read something about mindfulness written by someone who really "gets it"! If you have had a regular practice for some time, the author's warning will resonate with you. Another reminder that, in addition to its usefulness in increasing focus and reducing stress, mindfulness properly practice can yield much deeper insights than most authors in the popular media realize or even mention.

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Data point: Digital distractions help drive Millennials to mindfulness ...

Data point: Digital distractions help drive Millennials to mindfulness ... | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
As we explain in our 10 Trends for 2014 and Beyond, the ancient Eastern concept of mindfulness is gaining traction as more people feel drawn to the idea of focusing on the moment and less inclined to dismiss the practice as ...
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Wow! More than 7 in 10 Millennials would be interested in learning how to focus better. I'd better get busy!

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Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference | KPBS San Diego Public Radio & TV: News, Arts & Culture

Mindfulness And Child Development Focus of UC San Diego Conference | KPBS San Diego Public Radio & TV: News, Arts & Culture | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
Mindfulness — paying attention to the here and now to reflect instead of reacting to people and circumstances around you. Teaching mindfulness in the classroom is the focus of a conference being sponsored by UC San Diego School of Medicine this week.
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This short video does a great job of introducing the whole concept of mindfulness in a simple, straightforward way. Also included is a simple practice for beginners that I think could benefit adults as well as children. Worth watching if you're at all curious about mindfulness.

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What does mindfulness meditation do to your brain? - Healthcare Asia

What does mindfulness meditation do to your brain? - Healthcare Asia | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
As you read this, wiggle your toes. Feel the way they push against your shoes, and the weight of your feet on the floor. Really think about what your feet feel like right now – their heaviness. If you've never heard of mindfulness ...
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Love this article! It clearly describes the impact that regular mindfulness practice has on the brain. The most fascinating thing for me was that areas in the brain that get denser when you start practising go back to normal after long and consistent practice, as new ways of interpreting the world become habitual.  

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Research: Attributes of Great Leaders - Emotions & Results

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What are the key ingredients of great leadership today? Thousands of comments on high performing leaders, study finds key to good vs great

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, June 5, 11:02 AM

Good leaders are not only smart, but have high EQ. They think about others and let reporting people know how important they are. Their passion is infectious, and emotional connection makes the day. I wish we had more of that in corporations today, where most of the labor force is disengaged, and doesn't look forward to their work day.

Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 6, 11:25 AM

An interesting approach to identifying leader attributes.  To apply these findings, use the purposeful leadership approach that emphasizes the themes of broad alignment, robust engagement, sustainable adaptation and superb execution.  One can clearly see these themes reflected in the summaries of comments described. The common leadership and  management concepts seen here repeatedly emerge in other work: consideration of people, structuring of tasks, managing change, and  envisioning and inspiring a sense of purpose for example...

Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, June 6, 12:40 PM

Fascinating research.  Here are the main themes:

  • Leadership is about people.
  • Passion and purpose are infectious.
  • Top performers go deeper emotionally – not just caring, but personal caring.  Not just a good attitude, but giving the energy for people to smile.
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Raising your resilience levels at the workplace - gulfnews.com

Raising your resilience levels at the workplace - gulfnews.com | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
Raising your resilience levels at the workplace
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Resilience is an increasingly prized asset for individuals, teams and organisations.
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A good set of tips and practices for increasing your resilience. Most of these will require the ability to focus attention. The author champions things like stepping back and reflecting, but in the tumult of modern life, this is easier said than done. Building attentional control is key.

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6 steps to boost innovation through mindfulness - GreenBiz.com (blog)

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6 steps to boost innovation through mindfulness
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More leading corporations — including Intel, Google and General Mills — are paying attention to the role that mindfulness and meditation can play in innovation.
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Good article on innovation and mindfulness, a topic I'll be speaking about to over 100 managers and executives later today. I like his phrase: "An overfull mind misses much." Hear! Hear!

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Fitness, naps and meditation: The science of becoming a better fund manager - eFinancialCareers

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Fitness, naps and meditation: The science of becoming a better fund manager eFinancialCareers To gentlemen portfolio managers like Neil Woodford, Richard Woolnough and Anthony Bolton – who are magnets for client assets and earn millions a year – or...
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This is an excellent article on the coaching of top fund managers, and it makes reference to several big-name firms that use coaches. It also looks at some of the types of things that are taken up by the managers to improve their decision-making, and mindfulness is one of the top ones. Worth a quick read.

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Meditation Makes People Feel Better. Can It Help You Work Smarter, Too?

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A new study indicates that mindfulness can produce better business decisions

Via Lothar Bielke
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Some results of business studies that show that mindfulness leads to better decision-making. This should come as no surprise to practitioners but could increase acceptance among business people.

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Aerobic Exercise Helps Boost Mindfulness - Pacific Standard

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Aerobic Exercise Helps Boost Mindfulness
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The benefits of mindfulness have been widely catalogued in recent years.
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This is a fascinating study that found boosts in mindfulness simply from a running program. I can just imagine the boost if they combined a running program with a mindfulness program!

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Teaching students how to combat traumas of poverty on the yoga mat - PBS NewsHour

Teaching students how to combat traumas of poverty on the yoga mat - PBS NewsHour | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
Teaching students how to combat traumas of poverty on the yoga mat PBS NewsHour JEFFREY BROWN: Stanford University researchers John Rettger and Michael Fu are using yoga and what is known as mindfulness practices to help students concentrate on...
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How refreshing to see yoga and mindfulness taught to these unfortunate  low-income kids. This video does a great job of showing how the trauma of growing up in poverty affects developing brains. Definitely one to watch. 

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Mindfulness is Political | Wise Attention

Mindfulness is Political | Wise Attention | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
Mindfulness practice is sometimes presented as a way of coping better with what society throws at us. But the implicit message is more radical and more political. What does mindfulness tell us about our society and how we ...
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A very thought-provoking blog about the implications of mindfulness for the broader culture. If mindfulness helps us become aware, and what we become aware of is that some aspect of our culture is unhealthy and even harmful to us, then what? This author suggests that that moment becomes a call to action of some kind, perhaps political. Or as another author put it, what's the use of waking up if one remains in bed?

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Managing Our Brain to Retain Resilience | Carole Pemberton

Managing Our Brain to Retain Resilience | Carole Pemberton | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
What this means is that the processes trained into pilots and soldiers can be learned by those of us not on the front line, so that when we face our own challenges we have the resilience resources generated by mindfulness ...
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Some people may find it ironic that mindfulness is entering the mainstream via the military, but I say, whatever increases the visibility and wide-scale acceptance of mindfulness practice is welcome news. I also like the example she uses to illustrate the concept. A good, quick read.

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Mindfulness Comes to Work - Human Resource Executive Online

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Mindfulness Comes to Work
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Mindful living is one of the top ten trends for 2014 and beyond.
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A level-headed and balanced consideration of the value of adding mindfulness programs to employee benefits. The conclusion is a calculated "probably", primarily due to enhanced resilience among employees dealing with stress. Interesting results of one study that showed on-line mindfulness training produced equivalent improvements to in-person training. Worth a look.

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The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” | Mindful

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” | Mindful | mindfulness at work | Scoop.it
RT @mw_mindfulness: Great read @MindfulOnline >> The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” http://t.co/xuA8A6cP8x #mindf…
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A rich, rich article that summarizes a ton of leading edge research into happiness and meaning. A primer, really, on how to live a fulfilling life. I'm grateful to the author for putting together such a comprehensive piece.

 

Grab a "cuppa" and sit down with this very informative article!

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