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The Mindful Workplace. Developing Resilient Individuals and Resonant Organizations with MBSR

  • ID: 2174096
  • Book
  • August 2011
  • Region: Global
  • 226 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Mindfulness – a way of paying attention to whatever arises from moment to moment, in yourself, others and the world around you – enhances resilience by enabling people to more quickly renew themselves, offsetting stress and reducing the risk of burnout. Fusing the ancient art of meditative practice with scientific research, this approach develops self–awareness and an empathic understanding of others, raises emotional intelligence, and enables employees to build more resonant relationships both inside and outside the workplace.

In addition to describing the latest neuroscience research into the effects of mindfulness training, the book lays out a detailed eight–week Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training course that has been specifically customized for the workplace.

For executives and employees, The Mindful Workplace offers insights into the process and potential benefits of mindfulness training. For professionals interested in individual and team effectiveness, it suggests ways to significantly advance workplace dynamics and provides the hands–on tools and advice needed to implement lasting change.

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Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Introduction: The Business Case for Mindfulness Training 1

1 What Is Mindfulness? 13

2 What Is Mindfulness Practice? 31

3 Positive and Negative Stress: Up and Down the Yerkes Dodson Curve 57

4 Approach and Avoidance: Learning New Ways to Be with What Is 73

5 Metacognition: Knowing Your Thoughts as Thoughts 89

6 Respond: Learning Not to React 101

7 Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence: Positive Relationships at Work 111

8 Mindfulness for Leaders 127

9 Mindfulness in Coaching 145

10 Living Mindfully 157

11 Putting on an Eight–Week Mindfulness Course in a Workplace Setting 163

Appendix 1: Good Practice Guidance for Teaching Mindfulness–Based Courses 183

Appendix 2: Review of Significant Mindfulness Research 187

Appendix 3: Further Reading 191

Appendix 4: Further Training and Other Resources 193

Index 195

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Michael Chaskalson
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