Enter your keyword

Mindfulness

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.

The Higher Life

The Higher Life

By Lizzie Widdicombe // This article was originally posted on newyorker.com. ast April, in New York City, three thousand people gathered for thrive, yet another ted-style ideas conference offering mental and spiritual rejuvenation to the business world. It was organized by the “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski and the new-media mogul Arianna Huffington, and conceived, Huffington said, to […]

148 total views, 0 views today

Executives becoming better leaders through mindfulness

Executives becoming better leaders through mindfulness

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 […]

80 total views, 0 views today

This Study Says Stop Working and Do This at 11 A.M. Every Day

This Study Says Stop Working and Do This at 11 A.M. Every Day

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 […]

46 total views, no views today

This Is What Real Courage Looks Like

This Is What Real Courage Looks Like

Have the courage to do this one thing and you’ll never look at giving up in the same way again. By: Thomas Koulopoulos // This article was originally posted on inc.com “…never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of […]

60 total views, no views today

5 Tips To Create Effective Internal Communications With Your Team

5 Tips To Create Effective Internal Communications With Your Team

By Rich Kneece // This article was originally posted on fastcompany.com. Effective communication between a company and its employees enables businesses to fully tap into the unique knowledge, insights, and talents of its people. Often, the benefits stretch beyond pure profit. More open discussions help build a strong community within a firm, allowing workers to […]

70 total views, no views today

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

Spending 10 Minutes a Day on Mindfulness Subtly Changes the Way You React to Everything

This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Leaders across the globe feel that the unprecedented busyness of modern-day leadership makes them more reactive and less proactive. There is a solution to this hardwired, reactionary leadership approach: mindfulness. Having trained thousands of leaders in the techniques of this ancient practice, we’ve seen over and over again that […]

50 total views, no views today

Lessons in Mindful Leadership

Lessons in Mindful Leadership

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 […]

58 total views, no views today

Mindfulness at Work: Navigating Your MBA Career in the Modern Age

Mindfulness at Work: Navigating Your MBA Career in the Modern Age

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 […]

80 total views, 0 views today

Chade-Meng Tan Discusses Mindfulness with the Stern Community at Leadership Development Speaker Series

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 […]

54 total views, no views today

Developing Leaders at NYU Stern with Mindfulness in Business

Developing Leaders at NYU Stern with Mindfulness in Business

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 […]

50 total views, no views today

Centered city (NYU)

Centered city (NYU)

This post originally appeared on themindfulmba.com There are few places in the world more vibrant than New York City. When you combine the powerful influences of the city with the epic transition of the college or graduate school years, you’ve got yourself a recipe for an exciting but potentially bumpy, and overwhelming, ride. During a time […]

40 total views, no views today

Change leader, change thyself

Change leader, change thyself

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 […]

42 total views, 0 views today

Creating Value by Promoting Values

Creating Value by Promoting Values

This article originally appeared on instituteformindfulleadership.org by Institute Instructor Patricio Barriga Sometimes a great blessing comes so well disguised that we have to work to uncover its value. I learned this after collapsing in an airport. Before that, I had approached work as executives so often do; shoulder fully to the wheel, meticulous in following […]

50 total views, no views today

What’s Called for Now? Mindful Leadership & the Power of Being Present

What’s Called for Now? Mindful Leadership & the Power of Being Present

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 […]

64 total views, 0 views today

Don’t Overmonitor Your Goals

Don’t Overmonitor Your Goals

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 […]

38 total views, no views today

6 Ways to Stop Overthinking Everything

6 Ways to Stop Overthinking Everything

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 […]

192 total views, 0 views today

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

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. […]

40 total views, 0 views today

4 Attributes the Best Leaders Constantly Hone

4 Attributes the Best Leaders Constantly Hone

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 […]

54 total views, no views today

The ‘Perfect Storm’ That Turned Janice Marturano Into A Mindful Leader

The ‘Perfect Storm’ That Turned Janice Marturano Into A Mindful Leader

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 […]

52 total views, no views today

The Business Case for Meditation

The Business Case for Meditation

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 […]

38 total views, no views today

How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

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 […]

56 total views, no views today

Want To Be a Better Leader? Observe More and React Less

Want To Be a Better Leader? Observe More and React Less

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 […]

50 total views, no views today

Gazing at Nature Makes You More Productive: An Interview with Kate Lee

Gazing at Nature Makes You More Productive: An Interview with Kate Lee

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, […]

78 total views, no views today

The 5 Most Important Things We Learned About Mindfulness This Year

The 5 Most Important Things We Learned About Mindfulness This Year

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. […]

90 total views, 0 views today

Why NYU’s B-School Teaches Mindfulness, HBR.org

Why NYU’s B-School Teaches Mindfulness, HBR.org

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 […]

94 total views, 0 views today

Mindfulness Is Transforming Leadership

Mindfulness Is Transforming Leadership

This article originally appeared on huffpost.com By: Bill George Last week my wife Penny and I had the opportunity to keynote the Mindful Leadership Summit. At the summit, 750 participants gathered to discuss how mindfulness practices could change global leadership for the better. As Charles Lief, president of Naropa University, said, “The opening of all […]

90 total views, no views today

McKinsey & Company’s Manish Chopra on Mindfulness

McKinsey & Company’s Manish Chopra on Mindfulness

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: […]

84 total views, no views today

Tensie Whelan Joins NYU Stern to Establish New Center for Sustainable Business

Tensie Whelan Joins NYU Stern to Establish New Center for Sustainable Business

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 […]

54 total views, no views today

THE STERN OPPY – FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: PROFESSOR DOLLY CHUGH ON FACING YOUR FEARS

THE STERN OPPY – FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: PROFESSOR DOLLY CHUGH ON FACING YOUR FEARS

This article originally appeared in the Stern Opportunity (The NYU Stern Graduate Student Newspaper) Photo credit: The New York Times Interview by Nick Pulito, MBA Class of 2016 Dolly Chugh is an Associate Professor in the Management and Organizations Department at Stern. I had the pleasure of taking her Leadership in Organizations (LiO) course last […]

66 total views, no views today

Executives becoming better leaders through mindfulness

* 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 […]

44 total views, no views today

Mindfulness in Business by Yael Shy, Esq., Senior Director, Global Spiritual Life at NYU

Mindfulness in Business by Yael Shy, Esq., Senior Director, Global Spiritual Life at NYU

My law school orientation, like most orientations, was a blur of faculty, staff, student and alumni speaking to me and my new classmates about everything from financial aid to note-taking skills. The only thing I remember now from those three intensive days is one student, who spoke to us near the end of the third […]

66 total views, no views today

How Mindfulness Improves Sleep (HuffPost.com)

By Adam Hoffman *This artical was originally posted on HuffPost.com New study: even short meditation training can reduce stress and improve sleep quality This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. In November, GGSC is hosting a summit on Mindfulness and Well-Being at Work; find […]

56 total views, no views today

Meditation for Strivers (The New Yorker)

Meditation for Strivers (The New Yorker)

* This article originally appeared on newyorker.com During a trip to the United States in the nineteen-seventies, the Tibetan scholar, translator, and lifelong meditator Lobsang Lhalungpa found himself in San Francisco’s financial district. Struck by the hordes of rushing bodies, he stopped, turned to his guides, and said, “I don’t see any humans here.” This was before […]

54 total views, no views today

11/9 – Mindfulness Discussion with Manish Chopra, Partner, McKinsey & Company

11/9 – Mindfulness Discussion with Manish Chopra, Partner, McKinsey & Company

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 […]

72 total views, 0 views today