Episode 056 :: Michael Chaskalson :: Corporate Mindfulness

| November 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Michael Chaskalson

Mindfulness teacher Michael Chaskalson joins us to talk about his experiences teaching mindfulness in the corporate world.

Think about the workplace for a moment. What’s it like? For some, it may be the hallowed halls of academia, or a construction project, or perhaps you’re fortunate enough to work from home. For others, the workplace may be a military base, or the high pressure environment of a corporation. Wherever you spend most of your waking, working hours, you as a human being may encounter difficulties along the way. Imagine what it would be like if your workplace supported the cultivation of your mindfulness practice. How might that change things for you, and why is that a bad thing, as some critics suggest?

Michael also has an entrepreneurial background. In 1979 he founded a fair-trade company. Now known as Windhorse:evolution, the company has sales of £10 million and employs 200 people in the UK and elsewhere. Having given his shareholding to a charitable trust, Michael left the company in 1988 and devoted himself to investigating, teaching and studying mindfulness and related matters. He is an honorary lecturer at Bangor University, where he is a member of the Core Teaching Team at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice in the School of Psychology. He is also on the faculty of the Executive Masters in Positive Leadership and Strategy at the IE Business School in Madrid. Michael’s work is deeply informed by his own mindfulness practice and his knowledge of the contemporary research – including cutting-edge neuroscience research – into the use of mindfulness in a wide variety of contexts. Michael designed our Mindfulness for Leaders programme and the Mindfulness for Coaches course. He works one-to-one with senior people as a coach or mindfulness trainer and is intimately involved in every element of our work, much of which he delivers personally. Michael is based in Cambridge – a city he deeply loves.

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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