“Mindfulness is one way that many entrepreneurs choose to combat the toll wrought by round-the-clock emails, long working hours and other aspects of our accelerated business culture,” the Virgin Founder writes in a recent blog. “The business leader Arianna Huffington says that mindfulness gives her a competitive edge; Steve Jobs did too.”
Richard Branson: ‘Why entrepreneurs should practise mindfulness’ https://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/richard-branson-why-entrepreneurs-should-practise-mindfulness
“Meditation is a major part of my life. It’s been that way for a couple of decades and that is something that I am in line with Steve Jobs on.”
Marc Benioff – Salesforce CEO
“The main business case for meditation is that if you’re fully present on the job, you will be more effective as a leader, you will make better decisions and you will work better with other people”
William George – Board of Directors – Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil
The impact of Yoga & Breathing exercises on thinking, clarity & wellbeing
Ky Wright, one of the co-founders of Lick frozen yoghurt, recently moved the firm’s offices into a co-operative space in Brighton, where he takes part in yoga and breathing exercise classes with others from around the building. He says the impact it has on thinking, clarity and wellbeing can be “incredible”, and dramatically increases his own and his colleagues’ happiness.
After attending SAP’s mindfulness training last year, Daniel Holz, SAP’s managing director for Germany, decided to roll it out to all staff in the country as part of a program launched on Tuesday that includes 80 different training options. “The course helped me learn how to shut out the noise of everyday life and concentrate on what really matters,” Holz said. “I have more mental peace and feel more balanced.
“Richard Fernandez, a director of executive development at Google who undertook Google’s ‘Search Inside Yourself’ Meditation and Mindfulness training says he sees a significant difference in his work behaviour since taking the training: “I’m definitely much more resilient as a leader. I listen more carefully and with less reactivity in high-stakes meetings. I work with a lot of senior executives who can be very demanding, but that doesn’t faze me anymore. It’s almost an emotional and mental bank account. I’ve now got much more of a buffer there.”
“This is a tough economy. Stress reduction and mindfulness don’t just make us happier and healthier, they’re a proven competitive advantage for any business.”
Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post