Anita Christopher

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There’s no peace from the purveyors of corporate mindfulness

So far this week I have received three unsolicited press releases from PR companies on the subject of mindfulness. Beyond the obvious confirmation that few things are as likely to induce a state of umbrella-gnawing tension as being reminded repeatedly of your failure to achieve a state of …

The mindfulness business

IN HIS 1905 book, “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”, Max Weber credited the Protestant ethic with giving rise to capitalism. Now it …

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Mindfulness In 2 Minutes

To have a quality of Mindfulness so strong that every moment in life, even in trying times, is infused with a deep calmness and a vivid presence, is very hard and takes a lot of practice.<p>Most evenings, before we sleep, my young daughter and I sit in Mindfulness together for two minutes. I like to …

Mindfulness

Why Happiness Is Sweeping The American Workplace

“Goodness is a competitive advantage in business,” Chade-Meng Tan, the famed mindfulness expert and official Jolly Good Fellow at Google, told attendees at a luncheon at USC today.<p>That sentiment rubs many skeptics the wrong way. Some “practical” people see this goodness-happiness-touchy-feely stuff …

The 'Mindfulness' Craze: Headaches To Come

How did something like “mindfulness” become the latest workplace craze anyway? And why are its fans increasingly egging on their colleagues, insisting “You gotta try this stuff”?<p>The simple answer is that many people now see mindful meditation as a powerful way to quiet their minds, calm their …

What is mindfulness?

My own definition of mindfulness is very simple:<p>Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience.<p>But I like Jon …

A Call for Mindful Leadership

(Editor’s note: This post is part of a six-week blog series on how leadership might look in the future.)<p>Mindlessness — not a good quality for any organization — has led to some questionable assumptions about the need for leaders; namely that 1) those who lead have privileged and reliable abilities …

Developing Mindful Leaders

Organizations invest billions annually on a success curriculum known as “leadership development,” which ends up leaving so much on the table. Training and development programs almost universally focus factory-like on inputs and outputs — absorb curriculum, check a box; learn a skill, advance a …

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Photography: Webb Chappell<p>Over nearly four decades, Ellen Langer’s research on mindfulness has greatly influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology. It reveals that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on …

Developing Mindful Leaders for the C-Suite

<i>Time Magazine</i> recently put “The Mindfulness Revolution” on its cover, which could either be seen as hyping the latest business fad, or as signaling a major change in the thinking of executive leaders. I believe it’s the latter.<p>The use of mindful practices like meditation, introspection, and …

We Work in the Workplace

This is a recording of a talk by Sean Orford at the IPP 2009 Conference. Enjoy!<p>14. October 2011 by Mindful Managers<br>Categories: management | Leave a …

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Top 3 Reasons Our World Needs Mindful Leadership

It has been more than a decade since I began to explore the intersection between leadership excellence and contemplative practices -- first in my own life as a Vice President at a Fortune 200 company, and then with incredible leaders from around the world as I began to teach as the Executive …