Our Corporate Life
March 29, 2016   •   Volume 7, Issue 7   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Mindfulness at Work
Ask Amanda: How can I fit professional development into my schedule?
♦   Practical Tips: Encourage Participation
Mindfulness at Work

The practice of mindfulness is increasingly accepted in the workplace as a way to increase your focus, reduce your stress, and think more clearly. Google, Target, and BlackRock have offered mindfulness training for years. Coach Pete Carroll even hired a meditation coach in 2012 when the Seattle Seahawks were headed to the Super Bowl (they had only been there once before) to give his team a competitive advantage (they won, BTW). And you know a concept has gone mainstream when there’s a Mindfulness at Work for Dummies book!

So what is it? Psychology Today defines mindfulness as “a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad.
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Thought to Ponder

The first one to get angry loses.

Practical Tips:
Encourage Participation

There’s nothing worse than running a meeting where people don’t participate. Here are a few techniques to ensure you hear something other than crickets when you ask a question.

  • If the group is new to each other, ask participants to introduce themselves.
  • Create a meeting goal by polling each person in the group.
  • Ask a question of a specific individual.
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 ask Amanda

I understand that professional development is important but every time I sign up for an event, something comes up at work and I can't go. Any suggestions? S.P., Owings Mill, MD

Amanda Mitchell

You’re right, professional development is important. No one employer can provide all the skills that make your professional success more likely. Look at the pattern you’ve established.

Are the events coinciding with peak activity in the business? Think about the work projects you prioritized over your development: were those projects truly that important?
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Mindfulness - yeah, there's an app for that! Smiling Mind is meditation made easy with a number of short mindfulness programs for adults, teens, and kids.

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