Imagine for a moment that companies created environments where employees could work within a culture of heart-centered, conscious leadership: where the wellbeing of the employee is as important as the stockholder’s proposition and that corporate sustainability was given as much attention as the bottom line.
For many employees and job seekers, these attributes are no longer negotiable and companies who realize this are giving themselves and their employees a priceless experience.
Emotional Intelligence, Conscious Leadership, Company Culture, and Wellbeing are themes that are on the forefront and fortunately are here to stay.
Amy Blankson, COO of GoodThink, shared some statistics with me that explain the importance of developing emotional intelligence as an aspect of wellbeing. As you read, think not only of your personal potential, but the collective corporate potential.
A brain that is positive and engaged is: 31% more productive, 3x more creative, (37% increase for those in sales), 40% more likely to be promoted, and if you are a doctor you are 19% more likely to find the correct diagnosis. A brain that is neutral or stressed does not fare well.
Happiness is a key factor for success in business, and in life, and it’s critical to know where you stand. There are basically two camps: good and bad. Yes, there are inherent happiness set points, but with present moment awareness, yoga meditation, and new habits, these can be changed.
Since your brain thinks in pictures, here’s an analogy Blankson shared:
Imagine a flurry of 11 million snowflakes, which equal the bits of information that comes into our brains per second. You can only capture, or focus, on 40 bits of information at a time. Which snowflakes do you want to capture? Distorted or extraordinary ones?
These snowflakes – or bits of information per second – that we extract from our environment and experiences are the landscape of our minutes, hours, days, months, years, and decades. Is there any reason why you would not want to venture into a life-long practice of wellbeing?
Creating a happiness strategy is a great way to start and it could be as easy as believing your behavior matters.