Being born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), both the landscapes and animals of Africa were normal, even ordinary to me when I was growing up. We didn’t have herds of elephants wandering through the garden. But nor did we have to drive very far out of town to see them, along with the other ‘Big Five’ game animals – lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo.
In the words of Clare Goodman, my business partner at Organisational Mindfulness most of us aren’t employed for our good looks. We’re employed for our minds. But how many of us consciously seek out ways to optimise our most important asset? (For more about OM see: www.organisationalmindfulness.com) Seems pretty obvious when it’s put that way. And organisations around the world are increasingly recognising the value of this. If employees at all levels are highly capable of managing stress, if they benefit from above-average levels of clarity, focus and emotional resilience, if they are ultra-productive and innovative at the same time as being able to leave their egos at the door every morning, how much more effective will organisations be? I have summarised some of the physical and psychological benefits of meditation to individuals in previous blogs.