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Mindfulness Theory

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Mindfulness enhances managerial work by improving quality decision-making, workplace creativity and focus, and through its reputation, a placebo effect that improves managerial standards. Mindfulness is the ancient practice of attuning oneself through various meditative methods. Through mindfulness, one is present in an environment and unjudging of their surroundings. Mindfulness heightens situational awareness and is proving to be one of the most useful performance-enhancing applications of modern-day management. Evidence concludes that mindfulness performs a critical role in enhancing decision quality, based on a reduction of negative conflict in the workplace. More so, mindfulness increases creativity and focus among front-line and middle…show more content…
The introduction of mindfulness as a managerial theory has positively affected the industry simply by existing. Interest in mindfulness has grown recently to the point that “mindfulness theory” has become nothing short of a double hermeneutic; a selffulfilling concept, good or bad, that becomes reality through the merit of its own popularity (Ghoshal 2005). The study of management has found itself in a peculiar state – it is not so static as to be labelled a hard science, but possesses enough method to be more than art. Therefore, it is a breeding ground to many conflicting theories and trends in search for the best management
In your opinion, and based on the best-available evidence, can mindfulness enhance the nature of managerial work?
Adrian Thomas.
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Management science, agency theory, and six sigma are all examples of theories that have governed management, regardless of a lack of supporting evidence. Thus mindfulness theory, by the principles of double hermeneutics, enhances managerial performance and simultaneously produces more mindful managers (Ghoshal 2005). Therefore, one may credit managerial enhancements to a sort of placebo-mindfulness hybrid. Research claims mindfulness reduces anxiety by 42 percent (Reibel et al. 2001), suppresses rumination (Jeffrey 2009), increases assertiveness for 69 percent of individuals (Beddoe 2004), and drastically increases worker job-satisfaction (Hülsheger et. al. 2012). A meta-analysis in the Journal of Complementary Medicine found no discriminatory precursors for being receptive to mindfulness (Chiesa 2009); in fact, in a study comparing mindfulness-based stress reduction therapy (MBSR) compared to no therapy, a significant hypothesis result of p<0.001 was achieved (Chiesa 2009), indicating the effectiveness of mindfulness therapy over other forms of therapy. The study involved a random selection of healthy individuals; revealing the indiscriminate and universally beneficial nature of mindfulness. Under the scrutiny of incessant research, it is fair to conclude that mindfulness has proven to be far more than a placebo. Furthermore, MRI-based analysis at the Caroline University of Medicine reveals an increase of grey matter in areas of the brain
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