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Being present in a moment, and being aware, is easier said than done for anybody, let alone an entrepreneur juggling countless matters at a time. But in today’s business landscape, multitasking has been busted as a myth to success, and the ability to be present and mindful — to stay focused intentionally — has taken its place as an essential 21st-century skill that many are aspiring to conquer.

Mindfulness has been linked directly to significantly reducing stress levels, enhancing focus, thoughtfulness, decision-making abilities, and overall well-being. Can you imagine a founder and their team that prioritizes this pursuit? Now, that’s a winning team right there.

Today we discuss:

What Does it Really Mean to be Mindful

Mindfulness is a rather straightforward concept: it suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening. It’s the practice of being fully engaged in the moment, and aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment. This involves a conscious direction of our awareness away from automatic, multitasking patterns of thought to a more focused state of mind.

Interestingly, it is believed that mindfulness is an inherent trait within every individual; it’s not something that needs to be created, but rather, something to be discovered and accessed. This is popularly carried out through various practices such as meditation, integrating mindfulness into daily activities like yoga or sports, or incorporating short pauses throughout everyday life.

The Power of Mindfulness for an Entrepreneur

Mindfulness transcends the common misconception of being a peripheral, ‘feel-good’ activity, to being a central driver of productivity and effective performance in the business realm.

How to Pursue Being Mindful – as a Startup Entrepreneur

As we discussed earlier, mindfulness is a practice. You find it within you and then practice it on a regular basis to keep it ashore. As an entrepreneur, there are many – manageable- ways you can introduce mindful practices into your routine:

 1. Establish a Regular Meditation Practice

Begin with just a few minutes each day, ideally in the morning, to set a calm and centred tone for the day. Use guided meditations if you’re a beginner—many apps and online resources offer tailored meditations, particularly for focus, stress reduction, and leadership.

Arianna Huufington posing for a photos with a sleeping mask on her face


The co-founder of The Huffington Post, and CEO of Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington, has been a vocal proponent of mindfulness and wellness. After collapsing from sleep deprivation and exhaustion, she turned to mindfulness and sleep quality improvement with a routine that embraces meditation, a sacrosanct before-bed ritual, yoga, and Headspace – a popular mindfulness app.

 2. Implement Mindful Moments

Throughout the day, take short breaks (even just 30 seconds to a minute) to practice breathing exercises or simply to become aware of your senses. This helps in resetting your stress levels and refocusing your mind.

3. Engage in Mindful Leadership

Practice active listening, which involves fully concentrating on the speaker, understanding their message, responding thoughtfully, and remembering the discussion. This helps enhance communication and build trust within your team.

Salesforce founder giving a discussion


The CEO of Salesforce is a known advocate of mindfulness and meditation, which he credits for much of his success. Salesforce has designated mindfulness zones throughout its offices, and Benioff has been instrumental in promoting mindfulness as a corporate strategy.

4. Reflect Regularly

Set aside time each week to reflect on your goals, processes, and personal growth. Use this time to consider your mental and emotional states, acknowledging stressors and contemplating adjustments in your approach.

5. Balance Work and Life

Mindfulness extends beyond work. Ensure that you are taking time to enjoy life outside of the business. Engage in hobbies, spend time with loved ones, and disconnect from work to maintain overall well-being.

How to Cultivate a Culture of Mindfulness Within Your Organization

Integrating mindfulness into your work culture, like anything new being introduced at an organization, requires a comprehensive strategy. It involves getting the team on board, putting together tools, resources, maybe even infrastructure to allow it to bloom, and finally, systems and policies to ensure it stays rooted. 

Here’s how you can build mindfulness into your organization and bring about a more harmonious workplace functioning at peak performance:

1. Lead by Example

It all starts with you. Leaders should embody mindfulness principles by practicing them visibly. When leaders themselves practice mindfulness exercises, it encourages staff to take it seriously and to integrate these practices into their own routines.

2. Provide Training and Resources

Organize workshops and training sessions on mindfulness practices. Bringing in experts for seminars or subscribing to digital platforms that offer mindfulness training can provide accessible resources for your team. Target provides mindfulness meditation training through its “Meditating Merchants” network, this training is available to all employees across various company locations.

 3. Incorporate Mindfulness into Daily Routines

Introduce regular short mindfulness sessions during the workday. For example, start meetings with a minute of guided relaxation or breathing exercises to help centre attention and reduce stress.

4. Designate Mindfulness Spaces

Create a dedicated space for mindfulness practices within your workplace. This could be a quiet room or a shared area where employees can engage in daily mindfulness exercises, either individually or as a group. These areas should be respected as no-interruption zones, providing a physical space for relaxation and introspection.

Woman practicing mindfulness in a meditation room


General Mills offers weekly meditation sessions and yoga classes, and has a dedicated meditation room in every building on its campus. Salesforce also has “mindfulness zones” on each floor, where employees set their phones aside and take a quiet moment to promote clear thinking and innovation.

5. Encourage Mindful Communication

Promote an environment where mindful listening is practiced. This involves listening to understand, not to respond!

6. Develop Policies that Support Mindfulness

Implement policies that encourage regular breaks and discourage the culture of always being “on.” Encouraging employees to take time away from their desks and to avoid after-hours work emails helps reduce burnout. Recognize and reward behaviours that reflect mindfulness, like effective stress management, exemplary focus, and enhanced teamwork.

 7. Measure the Impact

Don’t forget to assess the effectiveness of mindfulness initiatives through surveys or feedback mechanisms. There isn’t just one answer to implementing mindfulness at your organization. Understanding how certain practices affect employee satisfaction, productivity, and overall well-being can help tailor more effective programs for the future.

Group of individuals meditating in a closed room


Since launching its Awake@Intel mindfulness program, Intel has seen significant benefits among participants. Their reports indicated a two-point reduction in stress and feelings of being overwhelmed and a three-point increase in happiness and well-being. Additionally, there was also a two-point improvement in creativity, focus, mental clarity, workplace relationships, and engagement in meetings and projects.

Mindfulness for a Truly Happy and Productive Team

Being a science-backed tool, mindfulness has proven itself to enhance productivity and leadership effectiveness, and as the business world continues to evolve rapidly, the ability to remain calm and adaptive is truly invaluable.

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