Mindfulness - How it helps at work, a few case studies



Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, in his book Principles:Life and Work, he writes about learning Transcedental meditation at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and how it has benefited him throughout his career because it produced a calm open mindedness that allowed him to think clearly and creatively.

In this HBR article ,  Alak Vasa, founder of Elements Truffles,  a trader at Goldman Sachs and ITG claims meditation helped her keep fear and panic at bay, even under duress.  She speaks of an instance where the market crashed causing panic on the desk. Thanks to her meditation practice she was able to keep my composure and propose solutions to reduce the impact of the market crash.

Jonathan Tang, founder and CEO of VASTRM fashion, first introduced meditation to his staff after 9/11.  “In the aftermath of 9/11, the employees at my company were noticeably shaky and distracted.  I decided to bring in a meditation facilitator to offer people the ability to sit silent for 20 minutes.  The room filled up quickly as people really needed an outlet for peace.   When the session was over, people who had never meditated before were filled with a sense of calm.  It helped them be more present at work and even carried forth to being more present with their families at home.” src HBR

Panda Express chairman Andrew Cherng once told his very jittery senior manager that his ramblings and nervousness was not acceptable and advised him to start meditating src Forbes

This article describes Steve Jobs' technique of Zen meditation in detail.

Ariana Huffington has founded Thrive Global, a start-up with a focus on health and wellness. She also calls herself a sleep evangelist. Watch her TED Talk on the importance of sleep.

Some of the notable practitioners of meditation are Rupert Murdoch, Bill Ford and Oprah Winfrey src


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