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The Mindful Workplace, 22 Sep 2011
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.