[Free] How Mindfulness Promotes Business Success

[Free] How Mindfulness Promotes Business Success

Aug 7 '17 9:00am - Aug 7 '17 11:00am @ TBD, San Francisco
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Too many startups fail :( Join Jason Adamson & learn how to avoid the pitfalls & achieve real profit/growth
I define success as an upward trajectory in responsible profitability, productivity, innovation, and competitiveness. Some of the things that determine whether a start will succeed or not are simply out of our control. And those things that are under our control can be elusive and difficult to understand.

During my career, I have worked almost exclusively in startups of many types—tech startups, education, and government mostly. Of the five startups I’ve worked in, three have abjectly failed. The three organizations to which I’m referring had smart people at the helm. There was a need in the market for their products and services. They were well-funded. And they had within their ranks highly skilled people to execute the mission. In other words, the inability of these organizations to thrive wasn’t due to a deficit in capital, skill, or smarts. The reason for their failure had to do with a phenomenon that was a blind spot for leaders in each of these organizations— how the brain fu...
I define success as an upward trajectory in responsible profitability, productivity, innovation, and competitiveness. Some of the things that determine whether a start will succeed or not are simply out of our control. And those things that are under our control can be elusive and difficult to understand.

During my career, I have worked almost exclusively in startups of many types—tech startups, education, and government mostly. Of the five startups I’ve worked in, three have abjectly failed. The three organizations to which I’m referring had smart people at the helm. There was a need in the market for their products and services. They were well-funded. And they had within their ranks highly skilled people to execute the mission. In other words, the inability of these organizations to thrive wasn’t due to a deficit in capital, skill, or smarts. The reason for their failure had to do with a phenomenon that was a blind spot for leaders in each of these organizations— how the brain functions under the environmental conditions of a startup.

Every minute of every day each and every one of us is emotionally and mentally managing three related but distinct variables: change, complexity, and ambiguity. Often our processing of change, complexity, and ambiguity occurs at a level below our immediate consciousness and requires little mental and emotional energy. Driving, biking, or walking to work is a good example of where change, complexity, and ambiguity are highly present, but usually within the margins of that with which we are mentally and emotionally able to cope. Cars changing lanes, stop-and-go traffic, an accident on the road, people passing you, you passing people, horns honking, or bells ringing, someone swerving into your lane, etc. While our morning or evening commute can take a toll on us mentally and emotionally—especially if it's long and there is a lot of traffic—this routine that billions of people undertake daily generally falls within the margins of what our brains can handle without becoming compromised.
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Jason Adamson, CTT®, MBTI®
Mind Atlas™ works with organizations to develop mindfulness programs designed to improve overall wellbeing.