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For the past few years, mindfulness has begun to transform the American workplace. Many of our largest companies, such as General Mills, Ford, Target, and Google, have built extensive programs to foster mindful practices among their workers. Mindful Work is the first book to explain how all sorts of businesses and any kind of worker can benefit from meditation, yoga, and other mindful techniques. As a business reporter for the New York Times who has also practiced meditation for two decades, David Gelles is uniquely qualified to chart the growing nexus between these two realms. As he proves, mindfulness lowers stress, increases mental focus, and alleviates depression among workers. He also offers real-world examples of how mindfulness has benefited companies that have adopted it from the millions of dollars Aetna has saved in health-care costs to the ways Patagonia has combined leadership in its market with a pervasively mindful outlook.
Gelles's revelatory book picks up where bestsellers like Thrive and 10% Happier leave off, by detailing how mindfulness works in and for the companies that adopt it, revealing the profound impact mindfulness can have on the world of work. Mindful Work goes beyond other books on the subject by providing evidence for the practical benefits of mindfulness and showing readers how to become more mindful themselves."
- ISBN-13: 9780544227224
- ISBN-10: 0544227220
- Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Publish Date: March 2015
- Page Count: 304
- Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-12-15
- Reviewer: Staff
When Steve Jobs prefaced his 1981 keynote speech at Applefest with an impromptu meditation session, it was taken as another eccentricity of the celebrated tech savant. But today, as journalist Gelles reports in this spirited but surface-deep survey, the practice of inducing a state of mental clarity and compassion known as mindfulness has gone mainstream. For instance, General Mills now holds meditation sessions for senior management at its corporate headquarters. Gelles also interviews Bill Ford, ex-CEO and Ford family heir, who reveals that his leadership was informed by Buddhist ideas. Gelles, himself a practitioner, hopefully imagines a meditation-informed workplace producing more sustainable products and possibly even transforming capitalism itself. Yet there are disquieting moments, as when he describes a Google presentation titled the “Three Steps to Build Corporate Mindfulness the Google Way” that was crashed by protesters bearing an “Eviction-Free San Francisco” banner and taking issue with the way wealthy tech workers have displaced local residents. One can only dream of how Tom Wolfe would have tackled an opportunity so ripe for satire. Perhaps because Gelles is more disciple than objective observer on this issue, his entertaining account can’t quite determine whether corporate mindfulness is a fad, fraud, or true corporate revolution. Agent: Susanna Einstein, Einstein Thompson Agency. (Mar.)