March 21, 2023

247: The Power of Meditation for Managers with Shai Tubali

You’ve probably heard of meditation as a personal practice, but did you know it can have benefits to your professional life? Regular meditation practice can help reduce stress, improve focus, and increase emotional regulation. In addition, it can spark increased creativity, better decision-making, and improved relationships. Imagine how our workplaces would be if all of these benefits became reality!

Today’s guest is Shai Tubali. Shai is a happiness history expert and a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds in the UK. His numerous books published over the last two decades have won awards, become bestsellers and been published in 11 languages. His newest book, “Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Meditation,” was published in January 2023 and explores 35 meditation techniques from all over the world. Shai’s postgraduate expertise in science fiction film and pop culture enables him to share common principles that can help modern humans struggling with trauma, fear, uncertainty, depression, anxiety, and screen addiction.

Shai and I talk about why it’s helpful to meditate, the benefits you can expect to feel, how to get started with meditating and the various different techniques, and how meditation can improve how you show up as a manager and engage with your colleagues.

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Read the related blog article: How a 5 Minute Meditation Routine Can Make You a Better Manager








Key Takeaways:

  • Meditation is about learning to focus our attention rather than being controlled by our emotions.
  • We learn to recognize our thoughts through meditation and not identify so strongly with them.
  • Meditation builds our brain’s ability to calm ourselves down when stressed.
  • Like with physical exercise, the more we build our mental muscles, the stronger they are.
  • Meditation helps high performers stop over-identifying with their “doing”, and learn to enjoy just “being”.
  • Meditation is the best preparation for action because it helps you think clearly.
  • There are all different ways to meditate, including standing, walking, or dance meditations. Use different techniques to achieve different results or meet your personal preference.
  • Start small, with only two minutes a day of meditation, and build up. It shouldn’t be a burden, but a pleasure. See what feels good.
  • Meditation can be done at any time of day, but most people are successful when they build it into a daily routine. Consider adding meditation first thing after waking up or last thing before going to bed.

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