Why Mindfulness and Business?
Today’s leaders face a range of fast-paced, dynamic leadership challenges that center around the ability to make sound, ethical decisions in the face of ever-increasing stress and instability. Feelings of uncertainty can undermine decisions, leading to costly mistakes that impact individuals, organizations, and potentially entire industries.
Business leaders – both in business school and in the marketplace – need the tools to manage these situations from the inside out. Self-awareness, decision-making, innovation, compassion, courage, and resilience in the workforce are rapidly becoming essential – not just optional – competencies for the survival and sustainability of successful, ethical organizations.
Recognizing this need, an increasing number of blue chip and Fortune 500 companies are offering meditation, mindfulness and mind training to their employees and integrating these principles into their daily work environments, including Google, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Medtronic, Genetech, McKinsey, Deutsche Bank, Intel, Proctor & Gamble and Comcast, among others.
At NYU, Global Spiritual Life has received multiple requests for training in mindfulness and business from business undergraduate and graduate students, Stern student affairs professionals, and faculty and staff seeking these tools for their students. The quantity and diversity of these requests have pointed to a strong need for these offerings on campus that will only multiply as the business world grows to see mindfulness-based competencies as a critical piece of leadership. NYU Stern’s Mindfulness in Business Initiative aims to foster the continued integration of mindfulness throughout the business education landscape.
Who We Are
The NYU Stern Leadership Development Program partners with the Global Spiritual Life at NYU to introduce the benefits of Mindfulness in Business by developing workshops, speaker series, and promoting active mindful pratice. Global Spiritual Life at NYU is an open, authentic, and vibrant community at the forefront of international conversations on religion and spirituality in higher education. Our mission is to offer environments and tools for transformative multifaith and spiritual encounters at NYU and beyond.
The Mindfulness Project is a pioneering program within Global Spiritual life that unites faculty, staff and students at NYU who are interested in practicing meditation, exploring life’s largest questions, and learning from multiple mindfulness traditions in order to deepen daily awareness and transform the world. The mission of the project is to cultivate the next generation of mindfulness leaders with the capacity and drive to bring mindfulness to all aspects of the human experience.
Yael Shy, Esq., is the Director of Global Spiritual Life at NYU.
She is also the founder and Director of the Mindfulness Project at NYU and the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership. She has been practicing meditation for over twelve years, and served as the first Director of Development of the Brooklyn Zen Center, where she is currently the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. She is a graduate of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in 2009, and was a co‐founder of the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn in 2008. In 2010, she was named one of the “36 under 36” change‐makers transforming the Jewish world by the Jewish Week newspaper. Prior to joining the Center for Spiritual Life, Shy served for five years as the Director of Development and Education at the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery. She is an alumna of New York University’s College of Arts and Science and Northeastern University School of Law.
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By Laura Montgomery // This article was originally posted on execed.economist.com. Think of qualities and behaviours popularly used to describe effective, authentic leaders: focus, observation, objectivity, balanced decision-making. These are precisely the characteristics cultivated through mindfulness meditation. And today, even the most profit-driven companies and c-suiters are turning to mindfulness techniques to help them manage […]
By guest blogger Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of O2E Brands // This article was originally posted on inc.com. Photo credit: Getty Images Two researchers at Baylor University recently performed a fascinating empirical study that came to a surprising conclusion. The best time to take a break is in the mid-morning–not the afternoon. According to the […]
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By Andrew Greenblatt of Journey Meditation Leadership can be simplified into a few simple, but by no means easy, tasks: understanding yourself, understanding others, and causing results. To those at the Mindful Leadership Summit, the first two don’t necessarily precede the third, but to any effective leader, the three are inextricably linked. If we take […]
By Visnja Milidragovic This post originally appeared on topmba.com. Circumstances of the modern age are creating an unprecedented MBA career landscape for ambitious MBAs. Diversified education offerings and a more dynamic, global job market have given way to more empowered employees, including young MBAs, who are increasingly moving away from merely wanting ‘a better paying […]
Chade-Meng Tan Discusses Mindfulness with the Stern Community at Leadership Development Speaker Series
This post originally appeared on stern.nyu.edu. Chade-Meng Tan (Meng), a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author and philanthropist spoke to the NYU Stern community as part of the School’s Leadership Development Speaker Series. He currently serves as co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace and chairman of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Meng […]
Written by Visnja Milidragovic This post originally appeared on topmba.com. NYU Stern’s Leadership Development Program is part of the business school’s focus on supporting MBAs to deepen their self-awareness as a component of their continual evolution as effective leaders. The program’s focus on developing a deeper self-awareness is facilitated by introducing and teaching mindfulness in […]
Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is a Google pioneer, award-winning engineer, international bestselling author, thought leader and philanthropist whose work has received 7 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. He retired from Google as its Jolly Good Fellow at the age of 45. He is co-chair of One Billion Acts of Peace and chairman of the Search Inside […]
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By Nate Boaz and Erica Ariel Fox This article originally appeared in the McKinsey Quarterly, March 2014 Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. Leo Tolstoy, the Russian novelist, famously wrote, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Tolstoy’s dictum is […]
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This was originally posted on hbr.org By Peter Bregman It was another conversation about Donald Trump. Or Ted Cruz. Maybe it was about Hillary Clinton. Honestly, I can’t remember. What I do remember is that it was heated, frustrating, and tiring. A few hours later I was still thinking about it and still annoyed. On […]
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This was originally posted on LinkedIn By Kymm Bartlett Pollack When Janice Marturano, now Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership but then a VP/Deputy General Counsel for General Mills, invited me to participate in the 2nd Mindfulness Retreat she hosted, I immediately said yes. My friend Becky had attended the 1st Mindfulness Retreat and […]
This was originally posted on hbr.org By Dana Rousemaniere Having goals is a good thing. But the current trend of self-monitoring, whether through time trackers such as Toggl or fitness trackers such as Fitbit, means we’re constantly evaluating ourselves — the sales we make, the hours we work, or the miles we run. Overmonitoring can get tiring and […]
This was originally posted on fastcompany.com By Jane Porter I recently got back from a week of solitude in a house off Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. I was there to focus on finishing my book of short stories without distraction, conversations, emails, deadlines, and the thrum and pulse of New York City life, all competing […]
This was originally published on huffingtonpost.com By Amy Morin Whether they beat themselves up over a mistake they made yesterday or fret about how they’re going to succeed tomorrow, overthinkers are plagued by distressing thoughts–and their inability to get out of their own heads leaves them in a state of constant anguish. While everyone overthinks things […]
This was originally published on hbr.org By Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. […]
This was originally published on entrepreneur.com By Tor Constantino The table stakes of good leadership are pretty straightforward. Good leaders have to be strong communicators; have a clear vision; be powerful persuaders; have solid business instincts; possess unflinching character and integrity; maintain a critical understanding of the competitive marketplace; be a strategic thinker; have expert decision-making […]
This was originally published on Huffington Post By Carolyn Gregoire Janice Marturano had been working as a vice president for General Mills for nearly two decades when she hit the most difficult period of her life and career. Presiding over the company’s $10.5 billion acquisition of Pillsbury in 2000, she found herself working 18 hours a day, seven days […]
This was originally published on nytimes.com By Charles Duhigg Four years ago, when I began working on a book about the secrets of productivity, I had a hidden motivation: I wanted to figure out how to eat dinner with my kids. Both my wife and I had demanding jobs. We have two sons – now […]
This post originally appeared on Fast Company David Zax Matthew Bellows dropped out of Brown his sophomore year in 1988. His father had gone to Brown; Bellows had a rebellious streak, and this was his rebellion. Bellows wandered the country and wound up living in an intentional community north of Phoenix called Arcosanti. He stayed […]
This post was originally published on nytimes.com By Gretchen Reynolds Illustration by Anna Parini The benefits of mindfulness meditation, increasingly popular in recent years, are supposed to be many: reduced stress and risk for various diseases, improved well-being, a rewired brain. But the experimental bases to support these claims have been few. Supporters of the practice […]
This was originally posted on McKinsey & Company By Manish Chopra Overloaded executives need coping mechanisms. This personal reflection shows how meditation can help. Most time-strapped executives know they should plan ahead and prioritize, focus on the important as much as the urgent, invest in their health (including getting enough sleep), make time for family and […]
This post was originally published on inc.com By Thomas Koulopoulos, Founder of Delphi Group Have the courage to do this one thing and you’ll never look at giving up in the same way again. “…never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to […]
This article originally appeared on hbr.org By Nicole Torres The research: University of Melbourne researchers Kate Lee, Kathryn Williams, Leisa Sargent, Nicholas Williams, and Katherine Johnson gave 150 subjects a menial task that involved hitting specific keystrokes when certain numbers flashed on a computer screen. After five minutes the subjects were given a 40-second break, […]
This article originally appeared on HuffPost By Jo Confino This story is part of our monthlong “Work Well” initiative, which focuses on thriving in the workplace. You can find more stories from this project here. Given how much time we spend at work, it is a crying shame if we don’t get the most out […]
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.com 2014 may have been the year of the “mindful revolution,” but 2015 proved that mindfulness is here to stay. The more we learn about mindfulness — the cultivation of a focused awareness on the present moment, most commonly through meditation — the more health and well-being benefits we discover. […]
This article originally appeared on hbr.org By: Connie Kim, Director of Leadership Development at NYU Stern School of Business Yael Shy, Esq., Senior Director of Global Spiritual Life at New York University Photo: The Equanimous Mind Manish Chopra, a mindfulness practitioner who’s a partner at McKinsey and author of The Equanimous Mind, recently came to NYU’s Stern […]
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our […]
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Manish Chopra, partner at McKinsey & Company and author of “The Equanimous Mind,” led a discussion with a group of NYU Stern MBA students on the benefits of mindfulness in business, as part of NYU Stern’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) this fall. Chopra described his journey to mindfulness and shared three personal revelations from the practice: […]
This article originally appeared on the Harvard Business Review (HBR.org) By: Bill George Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, I have sensed from many leaders that they want to do a better job of leading in accordance with their personal values. The crisis exposed the fallacies of measuring success in monetary terms and left […]
New York University Stern School of Business announced over the summer that Tensie Whelan, former president of the Rainforest Alliance and a key leader in the realm of environmental activism and stewardship, will join the Stern faculty to establish and lead a new Center for Sustainable Business beginning in January 2016. The Center will assist […]
This article originally appeared on HuffPost Business By Alexander C. Kaufman & Damon Beres These mindfulness tips apply as much to people working minimum-wage jobs as they do to a chief executive. Jack Dorsey has his plate full — doubly full. Twitter on Monday named him its permanent CEO, nearly four months after he took […]
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* This article was originally published on Economist.com, with professional input from Clear Path Executive Coaching NYU Stern LDP works closely with Career Path Executive Coaching for collaboration, workshop facilitation and leadership coaching. by Laura Montgomery, an independent higher-education consultant Think of qualities and behaviors popularly used to describe effective, authentic leaders: focus, observation, objectivity, balanced decision-making. These […]
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When the Managing Partner of one of the world’s most prestigious business consultancies describes Mindfulness as “essential to the health of my mind, just as bathing, eating and exercising are critical to the health of my body”, it may be worth hearing more. Learn how the experience of mindfulness has transformed the life of Manish […]