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Mindfulness for Better Leadership and Business Performance An Integration of Heart-Ware Into Business Practices. von Lim, Robin E S (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 25.04.2016
  • Verlag: BookBaby
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Mindfulness for Better Leadership and Business Performance

This study aims to incorporate the positive mindset, or the so-called 'Heartware,' into the software and hardware of management. This study proposes a model that crosses the disciplines of neuroscience, physiology, organisational behaviors, and management science. In the nutshell, it stresses the use of mindfulness practices to shift people's mindsets to achieve better self-management and better relationship with others. This will develop the personal and social competencies of people. When they become leaders, they are able to foster an inclusive environment and to build a committed management team to excel the operations collectively. The proposed model uses the research findings of each of the related fields to propose a set of principles and practices. Individuals can change their mindset and behavior to become mindfulness leaders through practice. If that happens, they would be capable of fostering an inclusive environment to nurture a committed team. They can then set shared objectives, build a shared culture, and create a set of shared corporate operation systems. With such setting, the mindfulness leader and the committed team will be in the position to excel the organisation collectively. Mindfulness is a journey that needs commitment, perseverance, and resilience. It is a lifetime journey for individuals who want to be successful and to have a meaningful life. The mindfulness journey starts with people who practice mindfulness meditation and exercises. This will allow them to be calm, to notice situations with clarity, and to see things in a more objective way. People will then have the ability to assess their own strengths and weaknesses accurately. Consequently, they are more confident and capable of self-management. Regular practices of mindfulness will move people from self-management to self-exploration and to self-actualization. This is the path in the meta-continuum of mindfulness. People will become capable of adopting a 'bystander' view


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    Seitenzahl: 342
    Erscheinungsdatum: 25.04.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9789810991265
    Verlag: BookBaby
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Mindfulness for Better Leadership and Business Performance

Chapter 1: Introduction Mindfulness is the act of (1) cultivating one's awareness of the self and his surroundings and (2) developing calmness and clarity of mind. Mindfulness is both a process (the mindfulness practices) and an outcome (the mindfulness awareness 1 ). Mindfulness originated from a Buddhist philosophy and the practice of meditation that started more than 2,500 years ago. During the past three decades, many Zen masters such as Thich Nhat Hanh, have introduced such practices to the western world 2 . Since then, many researchers have been investigating the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation without delving into the spiritual side of the religion. It is the eastern wisdom and practices that put into the western psychology and neuroscience perspectives. Since the successful introduction of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness Center for Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979, scientific researches on mindfulness and its effects on the health and well-being of people have been exponential. Thousands of scientific research were conducted over the last three decades, and most have concluded that mindfulness practices, in fact, changes the brain's structure and shifts the way of awareness and attention among people. More importantly, it aroused the interest of scientists when it comes to how the mind works and how mindfulness shifts the mindset and improves the well-being of people. Over the last two and half decades, more than 20,000 people have gone through the MBSR Program or similar programs; more than 1,500 books and research papers about mindfulness were written, and more than 150 mindfulness centers in the world were created. There are millions of people practicing mindfulness 3 . Mindfulness is increasingly influencing other fields such as education, law, business and others. I. The Research Gap To date, many of the research papers and books are still concentrated on how mindfulness affects the health, behaviour and well-being of patients and individuals. There are limited research papers or books focusing on how mindfulness practices can become the centre of organisational management in an integrated way. This is to add the heartware to the hardware and software - becoming the Tri-Ware - and preparing organisations for the emerging future. This gap warrants further study. There should be research on how mindfulness practices can be cultivated and integrated within an organisation's behavioural science to formulate a practical model and to cultivate an inclusive organisational environment through mindfulness leadership. This will foster the commitment of staff. Such commitment is crucial not only to the survival of businesses but also to building business excellence. Organisations need leaders and management teams who could see through the unpredictable future without judgment. Planning for the emerging future is crucial for organisations to survive and thrive. II. Research Problems Psychologists and healthcare professions did most of the scientific mindfulness research during the past two to three decades. Many of these researches were done in laboratories and were under controlled environment. Alternatively, these professionals did their researches by observing behaviours of targeted groups of persons or animals and compared the observed behaviours to the behaviours of controlled groups. These were necessary to identify and to evaluate the effects of mindfulness practices under controlled environments. Also, only in such laboratories that certain types of observations can be carried out as highly technological equipment such as MRI machines were nee

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