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Researchers have found that the accelerated pace of modern office life is taking its toll on productivity, employee engagement, creativity and well-being. Faced with a relentless flood of information and distractions, our brains try to process everything at once increasing our stress, decreasing our effectiveness and negatively impacting our performance. Ironically, we havResearchers have found that the accelerated pace of modern office life is taking its toll on productivity, employee engagement, creativity and well-being. Faced with a relentless flood of information and distractions, our brains try to process everything at once increasing our stress, decreasing our effectiveness and negatively impacting our performance. Ironically, we have become too overworked, unfocused, and busy to stop and ask ourselves the most important question: What can we do to break the cycle of being constantly under pressure, always-on, overloaded with information and in environments filled with distractions? Do we need to accept this as the new workplace reality and continue to survive rather than thrive in modern day work environments? Thankfully, the answer is no. In their new book, ONE SECOND AHEAD: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness (Palgrave Macmillan; November 2015), Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter, and Gillian Coutts demonstrate that it is possible to train the brain to respond differently to today's constant pressures and distraction. All it takes is one second.They propose that we need to learn to work differently so we are more focused, calm and have less clutter in our mind so we can better manage our time and attention. What if we could hit the 'pause' button on our day, step back, and meet challenges with a sense of clarity and purpose? And what if there was a way not just of 'getting things done,' but ensuring that what does get done are the right things to do? Based on a program in corporate mindfulness designed by Hougaard and the partners of The Potential Project, One Second Ahead provides practical tools and techniques as well as real-world examples and lessons from organizations that have implemented mindfulness on a large scale. Thoroughly tested in a diverse range of industries, this program has resulted in measurable increases in productivity, effectiveness, and job satisfaction. With the new mindset proposed in One Second Ahead, readers will be able to put an end to ineffective multitasking, unproductive meetings, poor communication, and other unhealthy workplace behaviors by applying mindfulness to every day work life.All too often, we think that being mindful requires engaging in a special activity like meditation or yoga. Sure, these activities are beneficial and important to train the mind, but there are many simple things we can do to be mindful all day long. One Second Ahead is a handbook for more mindful work that offers: • Practical, easy to apply, tools and techniques to enhance performance and effectiveness in day to day work activities such as meetings, emails, communication, planning, creativity and more • Real-world stories of how mindfulness changed the workdays of leaders and front line employees• Tips for cultivating mental strategies and routines that can reduce clutter, increase focus, and rewire your brain to enhance presence, patience, kindness and other valuable mind states• Simple yet detailed step-by-step instructions for a more systematic approach to mindfulness training to enhance focus and awareness• Guidelines for a 10-minute-per-day mindfulness program that can reshape your life both at work and at home; • A reproducible planning worksheet and further resources in the Appendix.One Second Ahead can transform daily work life by helping individuals and teams realize more of their potential through greater focus and awareness. The tools and techniques in this book can transform individual and organizational performance one mind at a time. ...

Title : One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness
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ISBN : 9781137551900
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness Reviews

  • Harry Vinh
    2019-04-07 23:14

    "The goal of the meditation is not to eliminate distractions; it is to notice them and redirect your focus to something else."

  • Dagmar
    2019-04-19 06:21

    Some very interesting concepts - reminds me a great deal of other mindfulness writing (on zen buddhism, for example). This English edition could benefit from some copy-editing. Overall, a very useful work.

  • Taija
    2019-03-30 06:01

    Kirja täynnä hyvää asiaa, mutta pelkästään kirjaa lukemalla olisi ollut vaikea saada mitään irti. Kävin samalla Potential Projectin Focus Trainingin, ja sen tukena sekä muistin virkistäjänä kirja on oivallinen. Nyt kurssin loputtua, jos haluaa jatkaa mindfulness-harjoituksia ja muita tekniikoita, kirjasta on varmasti paljon apua. Kirja sinänsä oli vähän kuiva ja väritön, kuvat ja kaaviot (silloin harvoin kuin niitä oli) naiivin yksinkertaisia. Kirjasta olisi voinut saada paljon mielenkiintoisemmankin. Hyvää oli, että rakenne oli yritetty pitää kutakuinkin strukturoituna ja loogisena.

  • Kevin
    2019-04-14 06:21

    A bit to overly simplisticLike training wheels for mindfulness. Probably a good book for those just beginning to explore mindfulness without much previous foundation.

  • Vi Tran
    2019-04-23 06:21

    Reading this book is easy but the practice is hard. The book offers practical tips to apply mindfulness in your life.

  • Rachel Blom
    2019-04-19 07:20

    The premise of One Second Ahead is an interesting one: the practice of mindfulness can create a one-second delay between action and reaction, thus allowing you to move from impulsive behavior to rational choice. This one-second delay, writer Rasmus Hougaard argues, can create a ‘competitive difference’ and enhance your performance at work and in your personal life.This book lists a loooooong list of areas where mindfulness can make a positive difference and gives practical steps for each, ranging from handling emails, to creativity, communication, and sleep. It also discusses 8 mental strategies to achieve positive traits like patience, joy, and the art of letting go.The whole book is based upon two techniques: training sharp focus (the ability to concentrate on thoughts and tasks of your choice) and open awareness (the ability to observe your own mind). Both are practiced by breathing and focus techniques, with a recommended daily practice of at least 10 minutes. The book gives specific instructions and tips on how to practice these. Of course, as Christians, practices like mindfulness can give us a severe case of the heebie-jeebies. And while I’m fairly open and definitely not a member of the behind-every-technique-is-a-new-age-conspiracy, this book is at times a bit too much on the vague and floating side for me. When the author discusses an insight that ‘everything is potential’, he states for instance that we have no solid, isolated self and that we are not as clearly defined as we think. I get what he means—it’s an antidote to limiting ourselves by defining ourselves in too confining terms—yet I disagree with that description, as my identity and self is deeply defined as a child of God.Don’t get me wrong: I’m convinced of the benefits of mindfulness, which after all comes down to trained, focused attention. As the writer rightly argues, we live in a world where we’re constantly distracted by a bombardment of signals and messages. The trained ability to focus on what matters is indeed a powerful tool, both at work and at home.That being said, my biggest issue with this book is that it tries to be too broad and becomes at the same time too general and too repetitive. After reading through ten areas where mindfulness can make a difference, you go like I get the message-let’s move on. But after that, there were six more areas, plus eight ‘mental strategies. The fuzzy structure of the book in that sense didn’t help either—like being presented with literally dozens of areas and tips before actually getting to the techniques needed to get there. The ‘too general’ aspect also became clear in the stories and cases of people who had positive experiences with mindfulness—they weren’t fleshed out enough. When someone is introduced as ‘Lene, who worked in a European services organization’ I don’t have enough info or details to get into her story, to create an emotional connection. None of the people felt real to me, and as a result, I never connected emotionally with what the writer was arguing. To conclude, I do believe One Second Ahead has an interesting and valid premise, and it does contain tons of practical tips, but it’s not worked out in the most captivating way.

  • Bob
    2019-04-13 07:15

    MIndfulness is sweeping into American corporate culture. There are so many papers, blogs, workshops, and books about this topic, so it's hard to break new ground. This book acknowledges this by moving meditation instruction to the back of the book. While much of what I read here was not new to me, I found myself making lots of notes in the margins in some chapters. The author shows how to approach many aspects of the information workplace--from email to meetings--with a mindful perspective. I'm already starting to integrate those ideas into my work.As a practicing Buddhist, I had to chuckle at the book's references to mindfulness "going back centuries" but not using the word Buddhism until the end notes. This is one of the tensions of integrating meditation into the workplace--bringing in its practical advantages without appearing to advocate for a religion. Of course all religions have meditative practices and traditions, so I don't see teaching mindfulness at work as promoting religion, but I'm curious to see how this plays out as more and more companies offer mindfulness training to their employees. Any too-good-to-be-true fix for our overloaded and stressed minds is going to encounter resistance.

  • Vicki Bushnell
    2019-04-19 00:18

    This book was interesting. It complemented "Peace in Every Step" which also spoke of mindfulness. I was surprised and disappointed by all the typos in the book. It could have benefited from another round of careful editing.