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An Introduction to Deeper Mindfulness for Better Work Performance

Extract: Published in Training Zone and Civil Engineering magazines.
The world of business is increasingly becoming a world of busyness. Frenetic activity, the constant chasing of deadlines, more and more challenges from more and more sources - for many it’s what the Red Queen told Alice: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

Umair Haque suggests that we need to make time to break away from ‘doing’ and to reflect more. He observes that “the most…….breakthroughs, that re-imagine, reinvent, and re-conceive a product, a company, a market, an industry, or perhaps even an entire economy rarely come from ……..busier and busier work. Rather, in the outperformers that I've spent time with and studied, breakthroughs demand systematic, structured periods for reflection — to ruminate on, synthesize, and integrate fragments of questions, answers, and thoughts about what's not good enough, what's just plain awful, and how it could be made radically better”.
Trouble is, too few know how to practice, let alone introduce a culture of reflection. But as modern neuroscience and the ancient art of mindfulness continue to merge and be adopted by business, it is becoming clear that mindfulness is closely related to reflection and carries much benefit for business. Indeed, the introduction of mindfulness practice leads smoothly to a culture of reflection.
This article offers a start-point to the development of personal mindfulness.

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