Mindfulness Return on Investment (ROI)

Mindfulness Return on Investment (ROI)

Return on Investment SAP announced in 2017 that their Mindfulness Initiative contributed directly to their profitability.  They calculate an ROI of >200%.  You can read the full Reuters article here. Gone are the days when companies ask for the exact ROI figure...
Ultimate Guide to Mindfulness @Work

Ultimate Guide to Mindfulness @Work

Mindfulness is a critical skill needed in today’s busy world.  Increasing leadership/achievement and well-being are two of the most common areas that organizations want to address. Optimistic Brain is committed to providing the best Mindfulness based continuing...
Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Increasing diversity and inclusion in any organizations requires real proactive action.  In a recent article in the Financial Post, SalesForce CEO Marc Benioff tackled one of the most challenging issues facing many organizations today; pay equity.  Although he was...
Mindful and Compassionate Leadership

Mindful and Compassionate Leadership

Leadership has many facets.  If you trim down many drivers to great leadership you can rest on 3 main levers: Trust Vision Meaning Trust is essential and must go both ways.  Not only does the rank and file have to trust it’s leadership but the leadership must...
Relationship Management

Relationship Management

Relationship Management is one of the competencies of competencies of the Emotional Intelligence Framework.  Once you become more self-aware you can then use this information to manage how you approach yourself and your life.   Your active beliefs cause your emotions...
Self-Management

Self-Management

Self-Management is one of the competencies of competencies of the Emotional Intelligence Framework.  Once you become more self-aware you can then use this information to manage how you approach yourself and your life.   Your active beliefs cause your emotions and they...
Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness

Once we become more aware of what is happening around us by using our various Mindfulness and Insight practices we can then start to unravel the stories that we tell ourselves about our experiences. Our minds are constantly making assessments and judgement about what...
Relationship Management

Mindfulness and Teamwork

No one person can do it all.  We all rely on others to get our jobs done.  Whom we engage matters and how we engage is critical in making that working relationship succeed.  In many organizations teams come and go.  Collections of people get together to work on a...
The Science of Mindfulness

The Science of Mindfulness

Mindfulness has been around for thousands of years and it’s only recently that it’s come under scientific scrutiny.  Jon Kabat-Zinn was one of the first western researchers to look into the contemplative practices of Mindfulness and meditation so see if there is some...
Increasing Focus and Productivity

Increasing Focus and Productivity

The ScienceA 2010 study conducted by Killingsworth et al, at Harvard University, concluded that the average person’s mind wanders 47% of the time.  In addition they also found that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.  Respondents were increasingly unhappy the more...
Mindful and Compassionate Leadership

Mindful Communication

Where are we now? In our always on always connected world we think we are communicating more effectively and yet we are not.  We are easily distracted and our attention control is becoming worse. A study conducted by Microsoft discovered that our attention spans are...
Mindfulness Return on Investment (ROI)

Mindfulness, Motivation and Goals

Motivating employees can be challenging.  Our leaders set objectives and managers are expected to keep everyone focused and motivated in order to achieve these goals.  What motivates our employees and what skills can managers use to keep everyone engaged? Dr. Martin...
Mindfulness and Customer Focus

Mindfulness and Customer Focus

Understanding our customers is the key to delivering products and services that meet their needs.  Product teams, customer service representatives, sales people etc… all need to be in-tune with their customers.  More precisely they need to be in tune with how their...
Mindfulness and Creativity

Mindfulness and Creativity

Where are we now? In a study conducted by Adobe (the graphics software company) found that 75% of the respondents felt that they were not living up to their creative potential. While another study conducted by Fast Company found that 60% of CEO’s say that...
Mindful Workplaces

Mindful Workplaces

Companies are always looking to capitalize on their investments.  Most want to always improve and move forward and many have been busily adopting a more mindful approach to they employees and customers.  Progressive companies understand that people are at the heart of...
How Our Brain Works

How Our Brain Works

Thoughts/beliefs create our emotions… We have many thoughts that pop into our head and not all of them create our emotions.  Some thoughts are generated and we dismiss them as false or not necessary at that moment.  Other thoughts are generated and based on our past...
It All Starts With Being Mindful

It All Starts With Being Mindful

The #1 question people ask is “What is Mindfulness and what benefits will Mindfulness give me?”  There are a number of benefits that people gain by incorporating Mindfulness into their lives and with integrating the various Mindful practices into our daily routines,...
Benefits of Mindfulness

Benefits of Mindfulness

There are many benefits to practicing being more Mindful.  Here are some highlights… Focus Increases Learning to increase present moment awareness allows us to gently guide the mind back to what the intention of the moment is thus increasing focus.  Extended...
What Causes Our Emotions?

What Causes Our Emotions?

What are Emotions? Emotions are a state of mind created by thoughts that are active at this very moment.  As we live our lives and observe what is around us and our mind does the following automatically: Interprets what it sees, hears, smells tastes and feels. Assess...
Emotions Trigger Actions / Re-actions

Emotions Trigger Actions / Re-actions

Active beliefs cause your emotions.  Your emotions trigger the actions you take and the re-actions that your body initiates.  Sometimes your actions are deliberate and conscious and sometimes they are unconscious.  All your actions are the result of you trying to get...
Increasing Focus and Productivity

Identify Negative Thinking

As you observe your thoughts you will notice negative ones popping up. When you see them you can then address them and question them for their accuracy and truth.   Sometimes you may not even be aware of your negative thoughts especially if you have been repeating the...