How Mindfulness in the Workplace Brings Happiness and Success
Mindfulness is not just one thing, just like having good health isn’t just about one thing. Being healthful involves eating right, getting enough sleep, proper hygiene, and a variety of other things. Mindfulness is the same way. There are many different aspects and components that go into utilizing a mindful way of thinking and operating. Pandit Dasa, interviewed by John Golden, discusses the components that bring mindful leadership and wellbeing into the workplace.
This expert sales interview explores mindfulness in the workplace, including:
- Being aware of biases
- How to moderate your ego
- Using self-awareness
Mindfulness Through Awareness:
One aspect of bringing mindfulness into the workplace is helping others become more self-aware of their own unconscious biases that they might have. These biases could be directed towards different ethnicities, or genders, or races, and becoming aware of these biases helps sales professionals ensure that they are listening carefully, and not dismissing someone’s ideas just because of these biases. “The moment we see another human being, there are triggers that go off in our mind or in our head that make us feel comfortable or uncomfortable or neutral towards someone,” said Dasa. “Part of being mindful at work is to be aware of that.”
Mindfulness Through a Moderated Ego:
Another component of being mindful at work means understanding our own ego’s, and not letting that get in the way, especially if you’re in a leadership position. If someone communicates an idea, and there is resistance to that idea, don’t let your ego get in the way and get inflamed by it. Instead, have the thoughtfulness and the calmness to hear the other person’s objections, hear their point of view, and understand where they are coming from. Otherwise, ideas will never flow in a consistent manner and quality ideas might be dismissed. “Our ego will always get in the way, thinking that we will always have the answers, and everyone should be listening to me,” said Dasa. Moderating this tendency is an important part of using mindfulness in the workplace.
Mindfulness Through Self-Awareness:
When someone believes that they’re really good at something, and people from the outside can see that they’re not, it’s difficult to have that individual notice their own flaws. “Being self-aware starts with being honest with oneself. It starts with having the desire to learn about oneself and to understand one’s weaknesses,” said Dasa. “If you don’t have an honest desire to learn about your own pitfalls, then it’s not really going to happen.” We all know our strengths, or at least what we think our strengths are, and we can see other people’s strengths and weaknesses, but it’s more difficult to appraise and evaluate areas of improvement. “The only way to really have grown in one’s personal life and professional life and career and our ability to cooperate and get along with one another is to have that self-awareness,” said Dasa.
About our Host:
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.