A study that proves how meditation can change your brain has been done in an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program at the University of Massachusetts Centre for Mindfulness. Participants were asked to attend weekly meetings to practice mindfulness meditation, focus on non-judgemental awareness, and listen to audio recordings of guided meditation practice. An increase in grey-matter density in the hippocampus (important for learning and memory), and in correlation with less stress, a decrease of grey-matter density in the amygdala (fight or flight centre) was reported. Amishi Jha, a neuroscientist at the University of Miami states that these structural changes in the amygdala opens doors to many possibilities for further research.
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Are you taking responsibility for your own success? Can you make the hard calls? In the business world today we inevitably deal with difficult decisions all the time. A leaders’ inability to make the hard calls can dilute his or her credibility to such an extent that it could be detrimental to the success in their company. It is not about what you know, but do you have what it takes to be a successful leader? A leader who can make the hard calls, gain and keep the respect of those they lead.
A great tool to use is to be in alignment of your vision, and then to serve your word to support your goals. If your energy is focussed on the bigger picture and not the looking good of the moment, it becomes easier to manage your identity when taking responsibility for making the hard calls.
What you put out into the world is precisely what you get back. Not even “kinda, you might get it back”– no, it’s exactly what you get back.
Using his guitar and a simple song that repeated the Arabic word for “sweetheart,” Michael Franti created a bridge between cultures that overcame language barriers and mistrust. Before long, he was followed by throngs of children wherever he went, and local people brought him into their homes, introduced him to their families and shared stories of their daily struggles amid violence, blackouts and shortages that most Americans never get to hear.
Michael took on this journey with no bodyguards, no weapons and no agenda other than listening to what both the Iraqi people and U.S. soldiers had to say. Later, he repeated the experience in Israel and Palestine, a process featured in the documentary I Know I’m Not Alone.
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Kazimierz Gozdz, a partner at Generon International talks about four stages of leadership and organisational development.
“Stage One Leaders are fundamentally self-serving, and entirely profit oriented. Stage Two Leaders master managerial and leadership norms and ethics of the day. They follow business practices more or less blindly regardless of their impact on society or the planet. We think about Stage Three Leaders as having evolved so that they’re not so caught up in the orthodoxies of the conventional system. They have learned to serve, and are leaders but they’re still changing the existing system, righting its wrongs trying to guide people through it.
Stage Four leaders are looking to establish a new world view, a new metaphysics, a new stance in the world that is not a repair of the current system: A conscious, fully developed human being who decides how business should be done from a more conscious vantage point. We find that that kind of leader is no longer regulated by the normative social process of business school and the conventions of business, and that’s our target.”
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Creating the future of business does not only focus on profitability anymore, but also on developing a new generation of leaders whose objectives include human development. We can simply not do business anymore without including the triple ‘P’ – people, planet and profit. By using Daniel Goleman’s model on Emotional Quotient, smartRevolution designed a workshop aimed at leadership to develop their listening skills and to use a different approach when interacting with sub-ordinates. We added in the basic principles of consciousness and focus on awareness and transformation rather than supply companies with a recipe to use like a shopping list. This proves to be the winning combination to solve the issues that could potentially move a great business model to an award-winning organisation. This 2 day workshop is called Conscious Self-Management for leaders. To get more information on this workshop you can contact Karin de Jager at email@example.com. Following this new approach, companies embark more than ever before on a journey of intervention and coaching to equip the leaders in their organisations with the necessary skill to accomplish this. The benefits they bring to their organisations and to society are immeasurable.