Why has meditation
become a billion dollar business?
(hint: It’s not because
it’s ‘soft skills’)
As a leader, you’ve noticed the flood of articles on the impact of mindfulness meditation in the workplace. Fortune magazine reported that as of March, 2016 Meditation has become a billion dollar business. Why? Consistent practice is proven to reduce overwhelm and stress. It also boosts focus and a sense of purpose, and could reduce the need for health care services by *as much as 43%.
Despite all the neuroscience and press, many of us who don’t meditate consistently can struggle with a lack of transparency, finding meaning in our work, feelings of overwhelm, and inconsistent engagement. On a culture level this manifests as a glorification of busy-ness, less innovation, and teams more focused on survival than thriving.
The Mindful Culture™ Program
Works for 2 Very Important Reasons
First, rather than expecting people to awkwardly meditate together in the office, we have a 90% success rate of turning participants into serious meditators outside of work. *See video below
This gives your busy team the space and support they need to truly create their practice. The benefits naturally follow them back to the office where we explore, and measure its impact.
Second, we designed our program while using meditation to navigate “Real World” business growth over a period of 10 years.
What the latest research tells us:
A 2008 study of one company found that 24 subjects who practiced a basic meditation technique for 8 months grew in their expression of leadership skills, as defined by the Leadership Practices Inventory.
McCollum, B., (2008). Leadership development and self-development:
an empirical study. Career Development International,
Vol. 4 Iss: 3, pp.149 – 154
*In October, 2015 Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital found that practicing relaxation-response techniques (such as meditation and yoga) could reduce the need for health care services by as much as 43 percent.
Stahl, J., Benson, H. et al. (2015). Relaxation Response and Resiliency Training
and Its Effect on Healthcare Resource Utilization. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140212.
The University of Westminster found in a 2014 study of CEOs that Vipassana meditation-training significantly enhanced overall self-confidence, as well as inspiring a shared vision and demonstrating moral intelligence.
Amar, AD. et al. (2014) Academy of Management Proceedings.
Effect of Meditation on Self-Perception of Leadership Skills:
A control group study of CEOs. 2014:1 14282;
3 Levels to Creating The Mindful Culture™
First, we focus on creating a meditation practice for managers and leaders. Kicking-off with an inspired half-day session, The Mindful Culture™ includes three levels of support to not only help leaders solidify their own practice, but to inspire their teams to commit to a 30-day challenge.
We start by helping managers and leaders uncover any doubts that a mindful culture drives team performance. We discuss the latest research, and the impact of mindfulness in the workplace. With this clarity, we help leaders claim time from distracting activities, and commit to practicing.
Second, we focus on a range of practical tools to increase focus, and minimize distraction, including:
- The 10-Minute Reboot for leaders; a proven meditation regimen that can be used anywhere.
- The 30-Day Meditation Challenge – A fun, yet deceivingly powerful system
for engaging your team that carries over from solo practice at home to more meaningful interactions in the office.
Finally, we follow-up with a 90-day support process. This helps integrate new practices, skills and behaviors and adapt them to their own style.
- Access to a comprehensive set bite-sized training videos, daily prompts, and a powerful library of guided meditations designed to achieve specific states, or outcomes.
- Tracking their daily sessions in the Insight Timer app to establish a daily routine alongside their peers
- An action plan and commitment to practice for 90 days
- Accountability forum to keep everyone encouraged & engaged
GIVE YOUR PEOPLE THE TOOL
THEY REALLY NEED TO THRIVE
IN OUR CHAOTIC DIGITAL AGE.
Facilitator & Program Designer
Kristoffer Carter (“KC”) inspires individuals and organizations to thrive in the face of relentless change. He has been featured in Business Insider, onstage at Wisdom 2.0 and for many Good Life Project events, and in countless conference halls and podcast interviews.
A devout Kriyaban Yogi (“kree-Yah’bahn) with Self-Realization Fellowship, KC is a disciple of guru Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi. KC is passionate about creating the transformative habit of meditation through daily practice. Join his online community of thousands, and access free trainings and guided meditations at www.thisepiclife.com.
He lives in Akron, OH with his wife and three children, where they dream of one day flying in a blimp.