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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (19 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470661593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470661598
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael has taught mindfulness to thousands of people.

He has a master's degree in the clinical applications of mindfulness and forty years of personal practice of mindfulness and related disciplines. He has delivered mindfulness training throughout the world: in public courses or to groups and individuals in organisations, including a number of global corporations, the UK's National Health Service, its civil service and several leading business schools.

Michael is an honorary lecturer at Bangor University, where he taught for several years on the master's degree programme run by the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in the School of Psychology. He is also an Adjunct Professor at IE Business School in Madrid, where he teaches Mindful Leadership Practices.

Michael's work is deeply informed by his own mindfulness practice and his knowledge of the contemporary research - including cutting-edge neuroscience research - into the use of mindfulness in a wide variety of contexts.

Michael is based in Cambridge in the UK and travels extensively.

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However, the general mindfulness applicability to therapyis highly welcomed and well written.   (BritishJournal of Mental Health and Nursing, 1 July 2012)

. . . Simple exercises at the end of each chapter andnumerous workplace examples make this it a fascinating, highlyrelevant read for any employee.   (ThePsychologist, 1 May 2012)

"His book is a skilful weaving together of art, science andpractice, presented with clarity, simplicity and warmth." (Mindful,11 October 2011)

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The forces of dissonance are all around us. They gnaw at us andeventually turn us into a person we neither recognize nor want tobe. One of the few research proven antidotes to these ravages ofchronic stress, over commitment, and being too busy, is working onour mindfulness. Michael Chaskalson provides a marvelous andengaging introduction to the arena and with practical steps for youand your organization. Don t worry, you will not start tolevitate after reading this book, but if you heed his message andpractical steps, you will be healthier, experience heightenedcognitive performance, and be more open to possibilities.
Richard Boyatzis , Distinguished UniversityProfessor, Case Western Reserve, co–author of PrimalLeadership and Resonant Leadership

In this important book, Michael Chaskalson presents a powerfulcase for the intentional enhancement of mindfulness in theworkplace.  He offers a clear and authoritative description ofmindfulness and the ways in which we can facilitate it. Crucially,he also explains in detail why mindfulness training can haveprofoundly beneficial effects on a surprisingly wide range ofaspects of individual and organizational function.  In doingso, he draws on a wide base of research evidence, and on his ownunique personal experience of decades of teaching awareness skillsand of founding and running successful organizations.  TheMindful Workplace deserves to be highly influential.
John Teasdale, co–author of TheMindful Way through Depression and Mindfulness–basedCognitive Therapy for Depression

This book is extraordinary.  It offers a revolutionary andcompelling solution to the problems faced in the 21stcentury workplace. Michael Chaskalson writes with superb clarityand wisdom to show that we no longer have to choose betweeneconomic imperatives and human well–being.  Through trainingin mindfulness, both can flourish, to the benefit of all.  Abook that will be on the syllabus of every Business School thatwishes to be on the frontier of knowledge and skills, but also aread for anyone who wants to understand why work can be sostressful and what to do about it.
Mark Williams, Director, Oxford MindfulnessCentre, and Co–author of Mindfulness: a practical guide tofinding peace in a frantic world


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By j maitland on 22 Sept. 2011
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This is a terrific map of the mindfulness territory in the UK and US. If you have already sought out the title you are likely to know that mindfulness is 'a way of paying attention: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally'. The mindfulness based approaches, pioneered by Jon Kabat Zinn in the US, and developed by the University of Bangor, are seeing an explosion of interest in mindfulness across a range of applications. Michael Chaskalson is arguably the guru of mindfulness in the workplace here in the UK. His book pulls together research (particularly from neuroscience and leadership development) and practice (drawing on the 8-week course that is the core of mindfulness based approaches). The section on mindfulness for leaders is particularly strong, giving a real insight into how mindfulness can help leaders learn how to act in ways that leave their people feeling stronger and more capable - something that a 24/7 corporate culture increasingly needs. The chapter on mindfulness in coaching suggests how the practice can help coaches better understand their clients thoughts, feelings and 'bodily sensations'. My only cavil reflects the phrase 'to the man with a hammer, every obstacle is a nail'. That is, Chaskalson's clearly held belief in this work can lead him to see mindfulness as a panacea for all ills. That said, the book is lively; authoritative; wide ranging (from timberfrog, an online timer to countdown meditation practice to the Yerkes-Dodson curve, which describes positive and negative stress) and easy to read. Particularly for those already familiar with mindfulness, this is an invaluable resource.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Valerie Gale on 4 July 2013
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Disappointing, considering the price, this book does not really extend the thinking of mindfulness beyond the basic principles , did not really address the workplace in any great depth
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As a scientist and business coach, I was curious to find out more about mindfulness, both for my own self-development and also to learn more about how it could add value in the workplace.

In his engaging and absorbing writing style, Michael tells the story of how mindfulness emerged from Buddhism 2500 years ago and how it has now been adopted as a mainstream health intervention to treat anxiety, depression and chronic pain, as well as a means of increasing resilience and enhancing emotional intelligence in a wide range of organisations.

Michael articulates an engaging and extremely compelling case for mindfulness training in the workplace. He brings the book alive with a myriad of real-life scenarios based on his wealth of experience, including his personal journey and also his work with organisations across a diverse range of sectors. He also explains what's going on in our bodies in response to stress, and cites clinical studies by neuroscientists which show that, after just eight weeks of mindfulness training, the brain is literally re-sculpted (yes, really - read the book to find out how!) plus the immune response is boosted too.

One study which particularly stood out for me was with a group of US Marines about to be deployed to Iraq. The findings suggested that mindfulness training extends working memory under stress - enhancing clarity of thinking and decision-making - and may protect against the functional impairments associated with high-stress contexts. For me, this was one of the most compelling pieces of evidence to show that mindfulness has clear and significant benefits, even the most stressful of workplaces.
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For fans of both mindfulness and performance optimization, I believe Michael Chaskalson's "The Mindful Workplace" will go down as a "bible" for those interested in bringing contemplative practices into the work place. Written from a very practical perspective, Chaskalson's book makes "the business case" for mindfulness explaining what it is and what are it's main advantages for companies - namely under the "stress management" tab -, while coupling this with some of the latest scientific research into the brain.
A must read for those interested in bringing mindfulness from their lives into their offices.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cinzia on 28 Oct. 2011
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By practing the exercises in this book I have achieved great benefits in in my working life and, as a consequence, in my personal life too. This book is also very simple to read, really excellent!
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