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CEO is a human being, and not a human doing Peter is the CEO of a major company, and he is extremely dedicated to his organisation. Outwardly he’s successful, both trusted and respected by colleagues and business partners. However, he finds that he sleeps little at night, doesn’t eat well, and is detached from the world around him. He feels as though he is living on autopilot: he is physically present when working or spending time with his family, but his mind is elsewhere. It seems as though while trying to do it all, he is actually experiencing very little.

For some people, coping with the ever-increasing demands of modern life creates a brain overload, as we attempt to multitask, to manage our time and to make the right decisions. Our connection to everything outside of the bubble is lost, which results in a lack of clarity and presence.

Together, we can re-programme ourselves to become human beings, and not human doings. Stress is an issue that has been a “hot topic” in recent years, with researchers citing it as a key cause for many issues affecting not just our mental health, but our physical health and overall quality of life.

In the always-on world we live in, we are bombarded with constant distractions and are attempting to multitask at an alarming pace; we simply cannot keep up.

In the business world awareness is increasing of the impact of stress on businesses, but many leaders are still either unaware of, or in denial about, just how detrimental it can be.

Someone in Britain is made sick by work-related stress every two minutes. While this is a fictional scenario, the story may sound familiar. Unfortunately, this story may sound all too familiar. It’s something I both experienced and witnessed when working in senior roles at global companies and has become all too common in the modern workforce: stress.

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There is growing evidence that many of us are developing what researchers refer to as ADT (Attention Deficit Trait), making us distracted and impatient, and that Mindfulness is how we can manage this ‘rewiring’ of our brains. This is how we can keep ourselves and our employees healthy, happy and productive.

Employee turnover and absenteeism are just two of the ways that stress can contribute to financial costs. So, how can we save money, properly care for employees, and combat the frantic work environment? The answer is Mindfulness. Studies show that every dollar spent on Mindfulness training generates a $9.76 return.

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