As we fly through the year, and the pace just continues to speed up, it’s probably useful to pause and consider an unexpected source of competitive advantage – mindfulness. No longer the domain of hippies and alternate lifestyle gurus, the cognitive benefits of mindfulness – awareness of perceptions and potential biases, and the capacity to see situations and systems clearly – are now recognized within global business such Google, Goldman Sachs and BlackRock as vital skills with Harvard describing mindfulness as a leadership “must have”.
A recent large scale study noted that mindfulness within organisations can support resilience because it:
- equips individuals with self-awareness that helps them to understand resilience and actively participate in its development
- enables people to recognise the signs of stress and respond more effectively
- develops discernment between activities that nurture or deplete internal resources
- recognises the power of thoughts and finds ways of skilfully working with them
- supports a culture where relationships are valued.
Given the above, it would seem that in today’s stressful, always on, competitive environment, everyone could benefit from taking a moment, slowing down and being mindful.
Interested? Give it a try with Five Steps to Mindfulness or use one of the great apps such as Headspace or Buddhify. Or get on board with a great Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programme run in our home town of Durban .
Not entirely convinced? Research says that mindfulness also increases creativity within organisations and helps with problem solving. You’ve got nothing to lose except your anxiety.