Team Building

How do you build mindfulness into your business?

Jenn Marie Freelance Evangelist & Coach, Content Marketing Specialist

March 14th, 2016

I have been studying mindfulness and understand that it is a great way to increase efficiency, and encourage teamwork. I am wondering how well that translates to a working environment. Does anyone use mindfulness (meditation) at their company or have worked for a company that did? I'm curious about using some of its principles with the teams I lead.

Ajax Greene Providing expertise to emerging social entreprenuers

March 14th, 2016

As a long time meditator and mindfulness practitioner, as part of my work I teach a course on conscious communications (sales skills for business owners) in brief much of the focus is on deep listening. This is the foundation for effective communication which if well done will lead to sales success.

Cindy Riach Founder | Facilitator ► Founders Connect

March 14th, 2016

YES to this question! This is what I facilitate.

1. Create the context. Tell them WHY. Be transparent.
2. Build the container. Practice mindfulness together. Even if it's one minute in the beginning before a morning meeting.
3. Encourage each step. When someone does the practice or it seems that their behavior or action reflects that of mindfulness, notice and verbally appreciate this.
4. Model the behavior. Practice mindfulness yourself.

I hope this helps!

Phillip Cohen President, Cohen Architectural Woodworking

March 14th, 2016

I start by keeping myself very healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Each new employee goes through a 3 1/2 hour orientation when I explain our story, mission, vision, and values.
During Orientation I have each of them do the exercise recommended in this video:
Then I encourage them to keep themselves and each other healthy.

Dan Meier Reimagining manufacturing management software

March 14th, 2016

Google does a lot with mindfulness, and it's apparently found a strong following within the company.  Here's a link to an article from Business Insider that nicely summarizes mindfulness practice within Google.  Lots of other articles on the topic -- just search using keywords Google and Mindfulness.

Ruth Glendinning Ideationist/Inclusion Activist/Social Impact Entrepreneur/Strategic Relationship Developer

March 14th, 2016

This Keynote video from the series on Mindfulness In the Workplace could be helpful to you: "Mindfulness Practices That Activate Your Full Potential"

And this article came out in Fortune magazine 03/12:

ingrid bond founder, steward; bioponic world org & llc, art dealer; bond fine art, consultant; bond business consulting

March 16th, 2016

there are some great tips here i don't have anything to ad to. so this comment is just an observation of the atmosphere of expectation; the intangible and yet necessary component of mindfulness.

standard corporate culture runs completely counter to mindfulness. it has sales criteria, production goals and deadlines designed to keep employees in fast, thoughtless movement; with no reflective thought or communication - in oder to to maintain employment.

true mindfulness does not incorporate the need for speed, untoward pressure, stress and, imo, produces a superior outcome. although many would disagree with me on that assessment.

mindfulness within a business has everything to do with the atmosphere of expectation and support that is set, maintained, and demonstrated by leadership.

Lisa Dorsey Energetic Marketing leader with 2+ decades of hands-on strategy, implementation and management experience

March 17th, 2016

Interesting conversation thread. I second what Shane says above. I've always functioned as a leader by giving my team 100% of my trust. Also always make time for a weekly (even if only 20 minutes) "no BS" meeting when we BRIEFLY explain: What's good, what's bad, what's distracting, what do you wish I had done differently? Sometimes the feedback leaves you a little beaten up, but creating an opportunity to let someone else be heard and to learn something about yourself is ultimately good. And the moment when everyone in the room realizes, we're being 100% honest and IT'S GOING TO BE OK!... it's electric. 

Shane Boudreau Business coaching and consulting

March 17th, 2016

Absolutely it works, but it must be guided to a point.  Give the employees an idea of what you are looking for in a solution and allow them to create the clarity necessary solve it. This is a surgical approach to solutions and should used as such.  Ensure those involved have the same initial view of the problem and guide them through the process of solving.  I like to integrate the 5 whys to a root cause.

Dmitri Tcherbadji Creative & Tech Entrepreneur

March 16th, 2016

From personal experience, I suggest you research what mindfulness means for your employees. Instead of relying on dry stats and performance promises make a strong attempt at treating them as individuals, who might have very different reactions to religious, spiritual or political exercises.

For me, meditation means being alone with my thoughts. But group meditation exercises make me uncomfortable and make me never want to come back.

Sandy Coach Program Development at Sri Bodhiraja Foundation

March 17th, 2016

Greetings from Sri Lanka! As I read your question, I wonder when you are asking about building mindfulness into your business what you are intending? Mindfulness is a way of life, our awareness -- how you are in each moment, our presence and intention.
We can learn to be more mindful through a myriad of exercise, meditation, training, structure, etc. For me, a starting point that is often overlooked is to ask ourselves: why... Why are we doing what we are doing? ... and check in every now and again to see if our actions are in line with the way... For a business or team perspective this means that the starting point begins with the leader sharing her vision and intention with our organization and subsequently the individual members needs to co-create a shared vision together... so everyone is on the same page... and mindful of the same intent.