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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (25 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118727991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118727997
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn to: Master your mind by making time for mindfulness in your daily routine Use mindfulness to improve your resilience and wellbeing Improve team performance through mindfulness practice The guide to mastering your mind to improve your performance and overall wellbeing at work Master your mind and the rest will follow! This guide to mindfulness at work provides an overview of the concept of mindfulness and a program for improving your work performance and overall wellbeing. Find out how the brain incorporates new mindful work patterns and discover tips to incorporate mindfulness into your routine to truly shine at work! Be mindful! – find out what mindfulness is and how it can help you in work and in your daily life Mindfulness at work – discover how you can start the day mindfully and continue that way all day, every day Organizational mindfulness – find out how to apply mindfulness to team building and for specific business functions Lead on – discover how to be the leader you've always wanted to be by becoming mindful and learning to thrive instead of merely survive What pressure? – get tips on being more effective, reducing stress and overcoming pressure at work with mindfulness Open the book and find: How you incorporate mindfulness in your daily life The best ways to apply mindfulness at work Mindful exercises to do throughout the day How to boost your mental resilience Details on creating work/life balance How to improve team performance with mindfulness Tips on mindfulness for various business functions How to become a mindful leader Audio Downloads include over an hour of audio featuring the exercises from the book, to help you practise workplace mindfulness

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Shamash Alidina is a professional mindfulness trainer, teacher, and lecturer. He has over 10 years' experience teaching mindfulness in schools and university courses. Juliet Adams has over 20 years' experience in learning and development in the corporate environment.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PaulH on 28 Aug. 2014
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I went through a period of suffering from extreme stress and anxiety at work. It had a profound physical and emotional effect on me, to the point where it made me sick. I think a lot of us know this feeling of being overwhelmed and a sense of uselessness. I turned to mindfulness from a recommendation from a friend, and got this book to kickstart my research. And I'm really glad I did.

It's a long book (~380 pages) and there are audio downloads to listen to as well, so it's an investment in time. I found myself becoming a little impatient as I wanted immediate and full results, and it felt that some chapters were not directly appropriate to me (there are a few chapters on applying mindfulness to your organisation as a leader, which I am not). However, I did notice that after the third chapter (which feels like the first chapter that is not background info), and applying the suggested practices, I was already starting to move myself away from the fight-or-flight panics that had affected me, and after the six chapter I was calming down my monkey mind which was swinging from one random thought to the next and able to follow a more structured and constructive approach to my thoughts and actions.

The book is not perfect, and sometimes may even feel a little patronising, but it's worth working through. And I would say that, of the 20 chapters, if you are not looking to apply this to your team or your company (i.e. this is just for you), then you can skip 6 chapters straight away, so the investment is already reduced. Of course, it's a shame that there isn't any feedback mechanism that you would get with a counsellor or trainer, but for the price, this is a great first step.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Self-help junkie VINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2014
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Mindfulness is part of the Buddhist tradition which seeks to lift us out of a 'normal' view of the world and ourselves. Within the Buddhist tradition, mindfulness is not about getting somewhere or making things better. It's more about acceptance; non-striving; allowing things to be the way they are without adding the drama of our own judgments and thoughts.
So this book, to my mind, is not about 'real' mindfulness. The driving message here is 'improve' (team performance, your memory, your stress levels etc;) - it's mindfulness harnessed to the donkey of capitalist culture, and I don't think it really fits. Mindfulness should not be (primarily) about making things better or trying to get anywhere in particular. It's actually a profound and deep practice that shouldn't be tethered to achievement or the anxiety that arises from 'doing it right'.
If you really want to get to grips with mindulness, I recommend anything by Mark Wiliams (if you want something shorn of its Buddhist roots) or Ezra Bayda (if you're happy to really go a bit deeper).
Overall, this book is OK for Dummies, but not for people who are serious about mindfulness practice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2014
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This is an excellent resource of Mindfulness. Indeed, it's introduction sums up Mindfulness very well, so it's even a good read for anyone not previously familiar with the concept.

Firstly, in regards to Mindfulness in general - for me, it's been an incredibly effective tool for combating low self-esteem, depression & negative self-image. I attended a Mindfulness course earlier this year & the difference it made to my life in just a few weeks has been incredible. I'm much more confident & self-loving now - which enables me to open up & show my love for others more. However, I must emphasise that as excellent as this book & others like it are, they are no substitute for going on a course & being taught the skills properly while interacting with like-minded people. Nevertheless, the authors of this book go into more detail than would be possible on a course & has the space to include many more exercises & suggestions.

Mindfulness is essentially a collection of positive mental habits to get into, & like all habits, the more you do them the stronger they get. At first, it's difficult at times to remember to incorporate them into our lives, so I have taken to reading this book at work during my lunch break & fitting the exercises in over the course of the day. It's been incredibly helpful in this regard.

Personally, I have found it even more helpful than 'Mindfulness For Dummies' & 'MBCT For Dummies', as excellent as these titles are. It has just the right amount of theory & lots of practical tips & exercises to choose from.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zipster Zeus on 15 Sept. 2014
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Mindfulness is the buzz 'concept' in the world of self-help publishing these days and it was inevitable that the practise was extended to improving our employment/economic performance. All things you see these days, must be focused on making us efficient economic units.

Putting cynicism aside, this as with the majority of 'dummies' books, is a clear, energetically presented introduction to what is essentially a Buddhist, spiritual frame of reference which is aimed at coping with the clutter of thoughts that charge continually through your mind, so that you can develop a more refined form of consciousness. It's application in the workplace, as with with all areas of life, can be very useful although I'm not sure the Buddha had in mind the improved efficiency of the corporate world when he devised the concept and attendant techniques.

It's a good and on the whole successful book though and can of course be used outside of the work environment to improve your overall awareness, self-understanding and clarity of consciousness. There are some good exercises and plenty of on-line resources flagged up for you to use. If it is the first time you have encountered the concept of mindfulness, it is probably an effective gateway to you finding out more about what is an essentially spiritual rather than lifestyle/economic way of using your consciousness, which is perhaps the most useful aspect of this book. So use it as an introductory outline to the technique, then search further.
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