Excellent resources for mindfulness in work and life

By far the most difficult skill I learned as CEO was the ability to manage my own psychology…Over the years I’ve spoken to hundreds of CEOs, all with the same experience.” – Ben Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz

Today, mindfulness and meditation are commonly promoted and practiced by everyone from Rupert Murdoch to Arianna Huffington and Jerry Seinfeld. In addition, some of the world’s largest and most recognizable brands have implemented corporate mindfulness and meditation programs with incredible results. A short list of companies includes Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Intel, Nike, LinkedIn and General Mills.

Companies that encourage mindfulness report a reduction in absenteeism, an increase in productivity and improvement in business. One large Australian telecom company that had lost 9% of its customers after industry deregulation found that a meditation program helped to stem the company’s loss of customers and saved it US$20 million.

There is a lot to read on mindfulness and meditation, and it can be daunting to know where to look. I have compiled a list of excellent articles to help learn more about the myriad benefits of mindfulness and meditation for corporate and personal well-being:

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NOTE: Mindfulness and meditation practice is not for everybody and should never be forced on to an individual. This excellent article speaks about some of the potential risks or negative effects of a mindfulness training experience:

Focus, clarity, creativity, compassion, and courage. These are the qualities of the mindful leaders I have worked with, taught, mentored, and interviewed.” – Bill George, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former chair and CEO of Medtronic