Ramesh is an Engineering Manager in a Software Product company. During a recent one on one interaction, his manager asked him if everything is fine with him. Surprised, Ramesh asked in turn, why he is asking that way. Then his manager shared his observations that Ramesh looked restless, always in a hurry, lost in some thoughts, not focused during meetings. Ramesh got shocked that what he was trying to hide and manage (else, people may think he is unable to cope with and is an under-performer), has become visible to others. He got more worried and started exploring how...Read More
During the lunch break after my presentation on ‘Mindfulness at Work – Accelerating Agility Culture’ in Agile India conference recently in Bangalore, a gentleman walked up to me and asked whether we are conducting any Mindfulness workshop in the near future. I thought ‘Wow! Looks like I created some impact in the conference!’. Then he went on to say that his wife, who also works in an IT company, attended my Mindfulness workshop 4 months back and since then she has changed significantly. He said that she used to be stressed a lot, restless, get easily irritated and angry;...Read More
Here is a challenge of the week. How do you Respond rather than React in the following situations? Someone sends you a nasty email copying rest of the team members also on the mail Someone abuses and insults you in a meeting by calling your idea as stupid What has been your experience in any such situation? How did you feel? How did you manage yourself and what did you do? Or how do you respond in such situations? Suggested Solution: I would look at dealing with such situations from a two-pronged approach – one is about immediately...Read More
Are Mindfulness and Agility related in any way? Does being more aware, alive and calm lead to being more agile? Yes, Mindfulness indeed can enhance Agility – better sense & respond mechanism, at an individual level as well as at an enterprise level. In Yogic system it is well known and well established that absolute stillness and intense activity complement each other. Let’s explore this interplay in this blog. If we pay attention, we notice that Agility really starts with Mind. It’s about open, curious, energetic mind constantly looking for doing better things and in better ways. Such Agile...Read More
Mindfulness is one of the buzz words in the industry these days. Mindfulness is a technique to bring and keep the mind in the present moment, moment by moment. There is a great deal of research done and experiences shared by many people on the benefits of Mindfulness in terms of positive emotions, reduced stress & depressions, improved health and overall happiness. Research has also shown significant improvement in mental faculties like memory, concentration, focus and creativity. Mindfulness is now not only used in therapy but also to enhance leadership qualities and work performance. There are many benefits of...Read More
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