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One Second Ahead : Enhance Your Performance at Work With Mindfulness (Hardcover) (Rasmus Hougaard &
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Work life has changed radically over the past few decades. People used to be able to focus their full attention on each and every task. Now they attempt to concentrate on work while dealing with a constant stream of text messages, emails, phone calls, meetings, and deadlines. Faced with a relentless flood of information and distractions, our brains try to process everything at once. In other words, we try to multitask. But scientists have shown that multitasking is the worst possible reaction to information overload. According to a McKinsey & Company report, multitasking actually 'makes human beings less productive, less creative, and less able to make good decisions.' Researchers have found that modern office life is transforming competent professionals into frenzied underachievers.What can we do? Are we beholden to this new workplace reality of multitasking, causing us to actually lose focus? Thankfully, the answer is no. It's actually possible to train the brain to respond differently to today's constant interruptions. This remedy for multitasking is known as mindfulness. Simply put, mindfulness means trained attention. Based on thousands of years of practice, mindfulness techniques enable people to enhance their performance by improving their awareness and sharpening their focus and clarity. One Second Ahead is the first book on mindfulness to offer an authentic bridge between mindfulness and work. Based on a program in corporate mindfulness designed by author Rasmus Hougaard and the partners of The Potential Project, the book provides real-world examples and lessons from organizations that have implemented mindfulness on a large scale. Thoroughly tested in a diverse range of industries, this program has resulted in measurable increases in productivity, effectiveness, and job satisfaction.