A selection of Juliet Adams published articles and interviews
“Taking a "three-minute focus break" or going for a "mindful walk" can improve mental clarity and productivity at work, she says.
"By bringing our attention back to the present moment, we can see things more clearly and make wiser decisions."
Mindfulness may even resculpt the brain, says Juliet Adams, director of A Head for Work which applies neuroscience to leadership and workplace productivity issues.
"Studies at Harvard suggest that after about eight weeks of mindfulness training there’s a significant increase in brain areas associated with attention, memory and empathy,” she says. “There’s a discernible impact too on activity in the left prefrontal cortex – a predictor of happiness and wellbeing.”
“Intention focuses attention. Attention is regarded by leading business schools as one of the most critical management capabilities of the twenty-first century. Intention has always played an important role in our attempts to understand ourselves and the world we live in. Evidence is accumulating to support the importance of intention as a cognitive skill that can be learned. "
“Start with the outcome in mind, and do your homework. If, for example, you wish your leaders to be able improve their problem solving ability, make this explicit when talking to mindfulness teachers. Equip yourself with a basic understanding of the different mindfulness teaching approaches that exist."
“Sometimes it's about knowing when to stop and step away, even if this sounds counter intuitive. Take a break, and then come back. Rather than worrying about hours spent at your desk, think about how many hours you are focused on a task and productive.."
“Beyond being an increasingly popular practice for top executives and celebrities, mindfulness is scientifically proven to increase memory and awareness and reduce stress and negative thinking"
“So how can organisations go about implementing a work-place mindfulness plan? In a piece for Personnel Today, Juliet Adams, director of A Head for Work and author of “Mindfulness at work for dummies” and “Making the business case for mindfulness”. Mindfulnet website. Suggests the following..."
“In a fast changing world, mindfulness may help both employees and organisations to adapt by training skills and attitudes such as: tolerance of ambiguity and paradox; openness to change;responding rather than reacting"
“With all the hype about mindfulness it’s hard to keep up with the reality. Is mindfulness at work turning into ‘soma’, the drug that kept everyone happy in Huxley’s Brave New World?Is 2018 the year that the ‘mindfulness boom’ goes bust?or are we at the stage of fine-tuning mindfulness to enable it to truly transform organisations?”
“Mindfulness isn’t a magic cure-all, and it cannot be developed by reading a book—practice is essential. Practice increases the self-knowledge and awareness that help you to better manage yourself. Ten minutes or more of daily mindfulness training offers a greater return on investment than any MBA program I know of.”
“We don’t always choose the correct thinking system for the problem.
Conscious thought is hard work and takes a lot of energy, so your brain automates as much as possible in an effort to conserve energy. The problem is that some things we do on autopilot with very little conscious thought are things we should be paying close attention to.
This can lead to inappropriate behaviour, emotional outbursts and poor decision making.”