More and more, I’m running into executives who are purposely moving their organizations toward a culture of mindfulness. These aren’t slick marketing types who are looking to slap on a hot, trendy label to attract millennials. These folks are serious human capital executives and operating leaders who are working to solve serious, costly business problems.
Here’s some of what I’m hearing (and some conclusions drawn, so far):
- There’s a growing interest in building company cultures around the outcomes of mindfulness. These leaders have connected the dots, and realize that improving health and happiness, clarity and awareness, focus and concentration, compassion and kindness, create the conditions for stronger performance and higher productivity.
- There seems to be a genuine empathy among these leaders (partly born of common experience), for the anxiety, distraction and discomfort unfolding in the workforce. They understand the personal and professional cost of chronic stress – many have been white-knuckling it themselves, through decades of accelerating complexity and change.
- The people they most value, and want to work alongside are positive, motivated, self aware and emotionally intelligent – all traits associated with mindfulness, and validated by neuroscience as outcomes of practice.
- There’s a growing understanding that a small investment in a simple neural-training process can not only turn a life filled with distraction, anxiety and negativity into one of calm, clarity and positivity – it can produce extraordinary business results, too.
Mindfulness meditation is a 2,500 year-old superpower, that we’re just beginning to understand. What’s equally exciting is how our knowledge of the brain is going straight up. If meditation is a step-by-step process that rewires our neural firing patterns, the story here is bigger than simply health and happiness – It goes to how many additional outcomes can this (or a similar) mental process be applied to achieve?
Well, who knows? – What’s clear already though, is that organizations of all types can benefit from happier, healthier, more motivated, engaged and high-performing people. And those are all outcomes of science-based modern mindfulness, today.