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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Dawn Jolly Executive Operations - Global Vaccines, Oncology & Consumer Healthcare

March 16th, 2016

Absolutely Jenn Marie. At Pfizer, I led weekly mindfulness meditation sessions where colleagues reported increases in focus and productivity, and a noticeable reduction in stress and distactibility.

While working in schools throughout NYC, it became clear to me that mindfulness was lacking and desperately needed to find its' place. Via weekly yoga sessions, children became more self -aware and conscious of others, having learned valuable lifelong skills  (learning to be responsive rather than reactive, self -empowerment, focus and  concentration, reduced impulsivity, stress and anger management, not to mention strength, flexibility and a multitude of other benefits). The principal and guidance counselor of the school I spent the most time with students still sing the praises of those classes to this day. 

What organization wouldn't benefit from employees being engaged and focused, responding appropriately, managing their stress in healthy ways, and overall being happier and healthier? 

There is a lot of research out on this now...Arianna Huffington captured a chunk of it in her book, Thrive.