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Mindfulness: A Corporate Panacea? (w/ Sriven Naidu)

by Steve Stine

This week, I’m in conversation with Sriven Naidu. Sriven works in higher education and professional development consulting. He’s based in Singapore and has found a discernable increase in interest from corporations desperate to improve employee satisfaction, team performance, and commercial results.

Week-in, week-out, we introduce topics that organizations in Asia (and elsewhere) are grappling with. This week, we take a look at mindfulness. The term means different things to different people, and in preparation for this program, I spent some time perusing a number of descriptors. Wikipedia’s defines mindfulness as, “the psychological process of purposely bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment without judgment.”

What the heck does that have to do with the running and operating of a modern corporation, you ask? Well hold tight, because in this episode I tracked down someone who lives and breathes mindfulness at the organizational level. How can mindfulness help? That’s the question I put to Sriven. I asked him to explain how two seemingly antithetical concepts – mindfulness and commercialism – might, in fact, co-exist.