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 (computerworld.com) 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?

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