But attention can be trained. And mindfulness is the tool. For a decade, we have trained thousands of leaders in large organizations like Microsoft, Google, Accenture and Lego, to be more mindful, attentive and thereby less stressed.
here are three tips to beat stress in the workplace and become a more mindful and less stressed leader:
1.Be fully present with your people
According to an ancient proverb, mindful presence is the biggest gift you can give to another. And that counts double for managers. Your full attention and presence with your people is a key differentiator for their loyalty, engagement and performance. It is great for them, and great for you.One short moment of undivided mental attention speaks louder than an hour of physical presence. Use every encounter as a management touch point -- at the coffee machine, in the hallways. Make sure to connect. Be present, even if only for a few seconds.
2. Stop multitasking
Focus used to come easily to us. At work, we used to focus on one thing at a time -- a hammer, a typewriter, a person. Things have changed. Today, distractions have blown our focus to pieces.For a while, we thought multitasking was the answer. But we were wrong. Researchers are showing that multitasking is killing our focus, making us less prioritized, less creative and more stressed. Rather than trying to do everything at once, do one thing at a time to beat stress.
3. Avoid inner busyness
Busyness is the new normal. But there is an important distinction between internal and external busyness. External business is the many emails, meetings and distractions. Those are only a problem if they turn into inner busyness.
Inner busyness is when emails, meetings and distractions get to you and get you out of balance. Inner busyness is a problem. Inner busyness makes it impossible for you to be fully present with your clients or your people.
Developing a stellar inner calm despite outer storms makes the difference between good and great leaders. And one thing will help you to inner calm: A daily mindfulness practice.