From the Publisher
The forces of dissonance are all around us. They gnaw at us and eventually turn us into a person we neither recognize nor want to be. One of the few research proven antidotes to these ravages of chronic stress, over commitment, and being too busy, is working on our mindfulness. Michael Chaskalson provides a marvelous and engaging introduction to the arena and with practical steps for you and your organization. Don’t worry, you will not start to levitate after reading this book, but if you heed his message and practical steps, you will be healthier, experience heightened cognitive performance, and be more open to possibilities.
—Richard Boyatzis, Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve, co-author of ‘Primal Leadership’ and ‘Resonant Leadership’
In this important book, Michael Chaskalson presents a powerful case for the intentional enhancement of mindfulness in the workplace. He offers a clear and authoritative description of mindfulness and the ways in which we can facilitate it. Crucially, he also explains in detail why mindfulness training can have profoundly beneficial effects on a surprisingly wide range of aspects of individual and organizational function. In doing so, he draws on a wide base of research evidence, and on his own unique personal experience of decades of teaching awareness skills and of founding and running successful organizations. The Mindful Workplace deserves to be highly influential.
—John Teasdale, co-author of ‘The Mindful Way through Depression’ and ‘Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Depression’
This book is extraordinary. It offers a revolutionary and compelling solution to the problems faced in the 21st century workplace. Michael Chaskalson writes with superb clarity and wisdom to show that we no longer have to choose between economic imperatives and human well-being. Through training in mindfulness, both can flourish, to the benefit of all. A book that will be on the syllabus of every Business School that wishes to be on the frontier of knowledge and skills, but also a read for anyone who wants to understand why work can be so stressful and what to do about it.
—Mark Williams, Director, Oxford Mindfulness Centre, and Co-author of ‘Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world’