By Dr Tamara Russell
Introduction and Outline
There has been a great deal of interest in the application of mindfulness at work. Numerous books, apps, and courses have entered the business sphere, based on the assumption that mindfulness is a helpful skill to develop. What is so special about an awareness that is present, non-judgmental and non-reactive? Why is this type of awareness now such essential commodity in the business environment? How can we really train effectively given current time and resource pressures?
Taking a neuroscientific view of mindfulness training may help to make sense of what is required, how we might train, and the benefits for business leaders. In this article, you will discover the key brain networks involved in mindfulness training and how engaging these networks can lead to other, more fundamental changes in how your brain processes information, and especially emotional information.
With this knowledge, it will become clear how mindfulness helps us to develop our emotional intelligence (also referred to as EQ). What flows from this is better use of our cognitive faculties (attention, working memory), more creative and collaborative problem-solving, and increasingly courageous and compassionate decision making. Which if these does your business need?