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  1. Creating a Positive Corporate Culture

    Below is a short excerpt from “Wired for Success” by Ray Williams.
    This very interesting, short article, points at moving beyond a 0 sum view of corporate success to a more expansive view. In this expansive view, when a person gives, without expectation of commeasurate reward, personal and corporate energy increase. Success is then an epiphenomena of generosity.

    Within the ethical teachings of Buddhism, current prosperity has always been linked to prior generosity. It is wonderful when current thought leadership agrees with ancient wisdom.

    Brian
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    Wired for Success
    How to fulfill your potential
    by Ray B. Williams
    How “giving” can create a positive organizational culture
    Leaders can create successful corporate cultures through giving.
    Published on May 14, 2013 by Ray Williams in Wired for Success

    As an executive coach, I am occasionally asked by organizations to “rescue” an executive or help them “grow” substantially, before more serious employment decisions are made. Often, I see a lack of self-awareness and self-management as a key problem. Also, often, issues related to their egos—excessive competition, narcissism and a win-lose attitude. An overarching problem can be the individual’s (and/or the organization’s ) emphasis on “taking” and little on “giving.”

    According to a white paper by McKinsey & Company, giver cultures—where employees willingly help each other share knowledge and offer mentorship without expectations of anything in return—produce higher quality work than corporate cultures that encourage competition and duplicity among employees. This non-attachment or non-expectation of reciprocity, which Al Ritter cites in his book, 100/0 Principle: The Secret of Great Relationships, is a significant difference from traditional notions of “give-and-take.”


  2. Inagural Post – True Point: Mindfulness Based Education

    Welcome to the inaugural True Point Blog.

    I look forward to discussing how teaching meditation in the classroom impacts education and how the practice of mindfulness-awareness meditation enhances leadership and develops leaders.

    The benefit of teaching meditation in the classroom is both well researched and documented.  Research indicates that teaching mediation leads to increases in

    • the ability to pay attention,
    • working memory, planning, and organizational skills
    • social skills
    • self esteem
    • emotional self-regulation.

    The research also indicates that teaching meditation also decreases:

    • testing anxiety
    • ADHD behaviors, specifically hyperactivity and impulsivity
    • Negative emotions
    • Conduct and anger management problems in the classroom[1]

    Research on teaching meditation also indicates a neurological benefit of teaching meditation in the classroom.  The practice of meditation improves and strengthens neuronal connections between the thinking brain (frontal cortex) and the emotional brain (amygdala).  Meditating therefore improves cognitive functioning and regulation.  This measurable, physiological benefit underlies classroom benefits.

    With appreciation,

    Brian Callahan

     

     



    [1] http://mindfuleducation.org/research.html