Until recently, the word “mindfulness” would not have been mentioned in the corporate environment, much less considered relevant if it had been. But the walls of big business are no longer the rigid gray sliding structures they once were. Now, they are something in constant flux, elastic and diaphanous, with ample room for experimentation and dissent.
The idea of “playing big” is not new. It’s at the core of history’s most beloved innovators and successful entrepreneurs. But just in case you’re not familiar with the concept, I want to give you a simple introduction as I see it applied in the world today.
The situation for many of us is that life is fast and full of opportunity. The complication is we think we have to do everything. The implication of this is that we make a millimeter progress in a million directions. My position is we can make a different choice. We can learn to recognize what is essential and eliminate nonessentials. If we do this then we can operate at a higher point of contribution.
The tidal wave of books on “positive culture” might lead us to believe that it’s as simple as making employees happy. As though beer on tap in the lunch room is all it takes to be a great company, to be Zappos.
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