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Mindful Work

By David Gelles

Want a guided tour of the expanding world of contemplative practices in business? This is your book. From the corporate offices and executive experiences of General Mills, Ford, Target, Google, Green Mountain, Aetna, Newman’s Own, Huffington Post, Twitter… and many, many more… to the conference rooms of Wisdom 2.0 and the classrooms of the Harvard Business School, mindfulness is rapidly revolutionizing the way we work.

This book certainly raised my awareness as to how mainstream mindfulness practices are becoming in corporate America. It also serves as a testament of benefits experienced from the factory floor to the executive suite. If you’re new to mindfulness, you’ll likely find these stories surprising. And if you’re a die-hard fan of mindfulness, you’ll likely be impressed with just how far this personal practice has traveled. Bill Ford’s (CEO and Chairman of Ford Motors) story remains one of my favorites as does the infamous Linked-In post by CEO Jeff Weiner.

Gelles is a unique storyteller originally writing from the perspective of a business reporter for the Financial Times and the New York Times. In fact, at first glace, Gelles may appear to be an unlikely supporter of mindfulness but his behind the scene perspective of life as a reporter and the results he experienced in lowering stress and increasing mental focus adds an interesting angle. But he also includes an interesting chapter (McMindfulness) on the critics of mainstream mindfulness.

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