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How do you build mindfulness into your business?

I have been studying mindfulness and understand that it is a great way to increase efficiency, and encourage teamwork. I am wondering how well that translates to a working environment. Does anyone use mindfulness (meditation) at their company or have worked for a company that did? I'm curious about using some of its principles with the teams I lead.

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Chuck Bartok
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Chuck Bartok Entrepreneur
Marketing and Sales Manager at MD Building Systems of Florida, Inc
I don't know about practicing mindfulness, but we have always encouraged employees to consider themselves.
An employee who does OWN their power of Self, and know how to express, isn't much good for increased sales and profit.
Ruth Glendinning
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Ideationist/Inclusion Activist/Social Impact Entrepreneur/Strategic Relationship Developer
This Keynote video from the Salesforce.com series on Mindfulness In the Workplace could be helpful to you: "Mindfulness Practices That Activate Your Full Potential"salesforce.com/video/183659

And this article came out in Fortune magazine 03/12:
http://fortune.com/2016/03/12/meditation-mindfulness-apps/
Dan Meier
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Dan Meier Entrepreneur
Reinventing Manufacturing Management Software
Google does a lot with mindfulness, and it's apparently found a strong following within the company. Here's a link to an article from Business Insider that nicely summarizes mindfulness practice within Google. Lots of other articles on the topic -- just search using keywords Google and Mindfulness.
http://www.businessinsider.com/search-inside-yourself-googles-life-changing-mindfulness-course-2014-8
Cindy Riach
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Cindy Riach Advisor
Founder | Facilitator ► Founders Connect
YES to this question! This is what I facilitate.

1. Create the context. Tell them WHY. Be transparent.
2. Build the container. Practice mindfulness together. Even if it's one minute in the beginning before a morning meeting.
3. Encourage each step. When someone does the practice or it seems that their behavior or action reflects that of mindfulness, notice and verbally appreciate this.
4. Model the behavior. Practice mindfulness yourself.

I hope this helps!
Phillip Cohen
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Phillip Cohen Advisor
President, Cohen Architectural Woodworking
I start by keeping myself very healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Each new employee goes through a 3 1/2 hour orientation when I explain our story, mission, vision, and values.
During Orientation I have each of them do the exercise recommended in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roZWOwS22R0
Then I encourage them to keep themselves and each other healthy.
Ajax Greene
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Ajax Greene Entrepreneur
Providing expertise to emerging social entreprenuers
As a long time meditator and mindfulness practitioner, as part of my work I teach a course on conscious communications (sales skills for business owners) in brief much of the focus is on deep listening. This is the foundation for effective communication which if well done will lead to sales success.
Andy Collen
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Andy Collen Advisor
Producer, Director,Owner, Happy Trails Animation
I am for tools rather then rules...https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/corporate-culture-rules-vs-tools-andy-collen?trk=prof-post
Linda Leon
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Linda Leon Entrepreneur
Owner at MVP Professional Productions
I think mindfulness will increase productivity and bring positive change to corporate culture. One of my clients really inspired me with the concepts of mindfulness and so much more. It's really life changing.http://www.highperformingculture.com/david-friedman/
Alan Adler [LION]
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Alan Adler [LION] Entrepreneur
Business Consultant, Exec. Coach, Speaker, Trainer & Author
Mindfulness has one of the dictionary's shortest definitions, "being present." However, the skills to get there require eliminating distractions, training your brain to minimize its tendency to multi-task and practice.
Douglas Wittnebel
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Design Director and Principal at Gensler, AIA IIDA LEED AP BD & C
In the spirit of the growing focus on health and wellness in the workplace, I really do vote for the inclusion of refresh or regenerate rooms for the specific use of a calm, meditative pause in the work day.
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