The Zen master discusses his advice for Google and other tech giants on being a force for good in the world
A very lucid perspective on the practice of mindfulness in the corporate world. This has become a thorny topic and for good reason. Historically, the relationship between sacred spiritual practices and capitalism is checkered at best, often ending badly for those involved.
Thich Nhat Hanh has a wider view on this debate and emphasizes the transformative power of mindfulness practices, even when the motivation of the practitioner may initially be self-serving.
On the basis of this experience, I’m convinced that giving a good talk is highly coachable. In a matter of hours, a speaker’s content and delivery can be transformed from muddled to mesmerizing. And while my team’s experience has focused on TED’s 18-minutes-or-shorter format, the lessons we’ve learned are surely useful to other presenters—whether it’s a CEO doing an IPO road show, a brand manager unveiling a new product, or a start-up pitching to VCs.
As a psychiatrist who has diagnosed and treated thousands of people over the past 25 years for a medical condition called attention deficit disorder, or ADD (now known clinically as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), I have observed firsthand how a rapidly growing segment of the adult population is developing this new, related condition. The number of people with ADT coming into my clinical practice has mushroomed by a factor of ten in the past decade. Unfortunately, most of the remedies for chronic overload proposed by time-management consultants and executive coaches do not address the underlying causes of ADT.
When you feel bad, let it be your link to other’s suffering. When you feel good, let it be your link with other’s joy.Pema Chödrön (via joyfulbhikkhu)
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead (via artoflivingslowly)
What’s one of the best ways to reduce email overload? Send fewer emails, according to a new study.