Globalization, digital connectivity, accelerated consumption are a few factors that have transformed the playing field for business and our everyday life. McKinsey, for example, suggests that “always-on multi-tasking” work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity and making us unhappy. People are more connected than ever, especially in the corporate environment, where “always connect” is essential to our everyday work life. With our accelerated work environments, and the increased demands on our attention, we cannot hope for the world to slow down. We can instead look to increase our inner capacity (our EI) to cope better with the environment in which we are working.
It’s important to focus inward to have time to reset and recharge- we as human beings function better from a centered place. Learn how to connect to yourself in order to connect with others and enhance your relationships. Our brains are trainable- neuroplasticity explains that what we think, do, and pay attention to changes the structure and function of our brains. What you practice grows stronger. Gain more mental clarity, mastery over your emotional responses and improve your relationships thru mindfulness practice.
Surveys show that mindfulness training helped 93% of leaders to create more space for innovation (Institute of Mindful Leadership) and 89% said the program enhanced their ability to listen to themselves and others- trust building opens space for creativity. (Institute for Mindful leadership Survey).
Training in the emotional intelligence skill of compassion clearly gives positive affects, changes the brain, reduces stress and shows increased cooperation. (Singer 2016; Kok et al. 2013).
One study found that only two weeks of mindfulness training increased well-being, decreased emotional exhaustion at work, and even increased job satisfaction.(Hulsheger et al., 2012) Mindfulness integrated into everyday life can lead to more happiness overall.