Should “Mindfulness” Be Added to the Business Analyst’s Toolkit?

English: Mindfulness Activities

English: Mindfulness Activities (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not to long ago I was talking to someone who was telling me how they had met a very successful business person who attributed their success to yoga and the focus it gave them.

Now I’ve just read the article, Tech companies find their inner Zen ( and after reading quotes like this:

“We were trying to get a two-stage boot to work wirelessly,” he explained. “We said we’d do mindful engineering for a couple of hours. We turned off cellphones, IM and Outlook. Over a couple of mindfulness periods, we nailed it. It was a breakthrough.”

Cockrell added that his group would have solved the problem over the course of a couple of months but never as quickly as it did by using mindfulness techniques.

“I was amazed at how quickly we solved it,” he said. “It was a real eye-opener.”

my eyes really opened, too.

And here’s another quote from the same article.

Qua Veda, a research analyst at Intel, had similar ideas and began what has become a grass-roots push to bring mindfulness to the company’s workforce.

“A few years ago, people took multitasking to be a great virtue,” Veda said. “But it’s about finding that quiet, centered place within so you’re functioning at a much higher level of performance…. It’s not just about stress reduction but having a capacity for insight and awareness, and engaging on a whole new level.”

All of this makes me wonder if practicing mindfulness, finding your inner zen, and doing activities like yoga would also benefit business analysts — increasing their creativity, helping them see new connections and ways to solve problems and adding value to their organizations?

Personally, I know that I come up with lots of ideas when I do mindful running and walking (a great alternative for those who can’t sit through a meditation class).

So, what do you think? Are these tech companies on to something?