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One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness 1st ed. 2015 Edition

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"One Second Ahead is a timely addition to the repertoire of individuals striving to enhance their productivity and well-being in a fast-paced work life through the application of mindfulness training techniques." Manish Chopra, PhD, Partner, McKinsey and Co., and author of The Equanimous Mind

"In One Second Ahead, Rasmus Hougaard describes in layman's terms how the brain works and the impacts of stress in an 'always on' culture. The authors provide hope through easy to understand practices, anyone can integrate mindfulness into daily routines and overcome the barriers that get in the way of reaching our full potential. The combination of science, mindfulness practices and business application make this a must read for employees and leaders at all levels in organizations." Meghan Seybold, Senior Manager of Diversity Leadership Initiatives, Royal Bank of Canada

"One Second Ahead arrives at a critical time for executives and our modern workforce. Leaders and employees are struggling to keep up with increasing amounts of information and demands on their time and ultimately their attention. Here the author's practical translation of mindfulness techniques to the workplace offers us all the opportunity to bring greater focus and presence to our work life and ultimately deliver higher impact performance. If you are interested in unlocking you and your teams full potential then start with One Second Ahead." Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, the LEGO Group

"Imagine taking the power of ancient wisdom, the effectiveness of research-proven practices, and the extensive, in-depth experience of teaching these skills in a wide range of organizational settings and you have the empowering book you hold in your hands. With clarity and eloquence, One Second Ahead reveals how the training of the mind can bring any member of a corporate team to a more productive, rewarding, and innovative way of being in the workplace." Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine, Executive Director, Mindsight Institute, Author, Mindsight, Brainstorm, and The Mindful Brain

"One Second Ahead is brilliant in its clarity and simplicity. Finally we have a highly usable guide to applying the practices of mindfulness at work." Michele Milan, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Programs, Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto

"Rasmus Hougaard and The Potential Project have cleverly combined two hot topics in today's work life: mindfulness and working more effectively. You can find thousands of useful books on both topics, but Rasmus has gone one step further. Putting together a great variety of work techniques with mindfulness creates an extremely powerful toolset for any professional who not only wants more from him/herself, but is also interested in own self's wellbeing." Jouni Torunen, HR Director, Nokia

"One Second Ahead is a major contribution to bringing not only more sanity and mindfulness at the work place but also a more caring and open-minded attitude in all walks of life. Highly recommended." Matthieu Ricard, humanitarian and Buddhist monk, author of Altruism: How Compassion Can Change Your Life and the World.

"In One Second Ahead Rasmus Hougaard ingeniously applies time-tested ancient methods of mental training to practical day-to-day circumstances that are regularly encountered in the business world. This book is bound to be of much practical benefit to all those who seek a more satisfying, creative, and fulfilling way of life within their professional and personal relationships." B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D. Author of bestseller The Attention Revolution and President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies

"Like many other busy professionals we at Herbert Smith Freehills face the same demands of long working hours, increasing commercial complexity, and competing distractions for our attention and for our effort. To be a globally elite law firm, we need to be focused, crystal clear in our thinking and highly effective. This book distils the essence of the Potential Project's mindfulness program. If you put into action what you learn here, particularly the daily practice, then I am sure you will gain a greater sense of who you are, and a sense of calm and perspective that will enable you to be the best person you can be at work and at home." Murray Paterson, Head of Capability Development, Herbert Smith Freehills, Australia

"A mindful organization is an organization where our leaders and employees do the right things - not just things. Through the program behind this book, we have gradually become a mindful organization." Former CIO, Carlsberg, Kenneth Egelund Schmidt

"Rasmus Hougard, Jacqueline Carter and Gillian Coutts have skillfully woven an elegant set of mindfulness tools and strategies that any professional can implement. This is a fantastic foundation for a more mindful workplace and life." Jeremy Hunter, PhD, Associate Professor of Practice Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management

"In our organization we have implemented the program of mindfulness and after completing the program the stress level have decreased significantly and our employees are more focused. But the techniques outlined in One Second Ahead are not just for work situations, they are also highly valuable in all kind of scenario - both professional and private. The book will give you better and more mindful interactions with everyone you meet." Hans Brobäck, Human Resources Director, Roche

Since undertaking mindfulness training, I have been pleasantly surprised by the positive impact the training has had on my creativity. By choosing to focus on only one task at a time, I engage in more useful conversations with my colleagues and have also found that my enhanced concentration has significantly improved my overall creative output." Nick Foley, President SE Asia Pacific & Japan, Landor

"The pace and complexity in today's organizations affects all co-workers and leaders in all aspects. Especially when the boundaries between work and 'life' becomes more and more interlinked. The decision to use CBMT as a tool in order to decrease stress levels in our organization turned out to be a real game changer for our co-workers. I can highly recommend this book because it captures all the benefits with working with CBMT in all kinds of organizations. The tone of voice is fact-driven and combines real examples from organizations backed up with theories and scientific studies." Henrik Scheutz, Function Manager HR Service Centre, IKEA AB

About the Author

Rasmus Hougaard is an internationally recognized authority on training the mind to be more focused, effective, and clear in an organizational context. Rasmus' background combines research in organizational development with a corporate career and more than 20 years of practicing and teaching mindfulness. He is the Founder and Managing Director of The Potential Project  - the global leading provider of corporate mindfulness programs. The Potential Project has helped organizations like Microsoft, Accenture, Roche, Nike, American Express, General Electric, Citrix, Google, Sony, Societe Generale, KLM, IKEA, Royal Bank of Canada, Ogilvy, Carlsberg and many more develop organizational excellence and helped thousands of individuals lead happier, kinder and more effective work lives.
Jacqueline Carter has over 20 years of consulting and management experience helping organizations manage change and achieve results. She is passionate about helping individuals and organizations realize their potential through training the mind. She is a Partner of The Potential Project International and Director of The Potential Project North America. Her clients include Google, Sony, American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, and Suncor to name a few. Jacqueline is a contributor to The Huffington Post and has appeared on Channel News Asia Breakfast Television, as well as radio talk shows.
Gillian Coutts has over 20 years of experience as a leader and change agent in the sales and operations functions of large corporations. She has worked across a range of industries including retail, government, transport, oil and gas, and human services. Gillian is a Partner with The Potential Project Australia. Her clients include Yahoo!7, Telstra, BUPA, and large not-for-profit organizations. She also sits on a number of boards and regularly speaks on integrating mindfulness into leadership, work life, and  - following her own wake-up call of cancer diagnosis and treatment  - programs for post-traumatic growth.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2015 edition (November 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137551909
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137551900
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2015
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With Jacqueline Carter and Gillian Coutts, Rasmus Hougaard introduces a thought-provoking concept, PAID, an acronym for Pressure, Always on Information Overload, and Distracted. This is a harsh but subtle reality as most of us struggle to cope with severe stress, whatever the nature and extent of our workplace environment may be. Are we doomed to remain under such stress, relentless distractions, and an ever-increasing abundance of information often characterized as a tsunami or blizzard?

"Thankfully, the answer is no. It is actually possible to train the brain to respond differently to today's constant interruptions through the practice of mindfulness. Simply put, at its introductory level, mindfulness means trained attention. Based on thousands of practice, mindfulness techniques enable people to manage their attention, improve their awareness, and sharpen their focus and clarity."

In essence, here's the challenge and (yes) the opportunity: bridge mindfulness and every day tasks at work. Whatever the tasks, there is a process to their completion. This is what Mihály Csíkszentmihályi has in mind when explaining what he calls "flow," a state in which one is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Athletes call it "the zone." Tiger Woods sinks every putt, Michael Jordan makes every shot, Nadia Elena Com'neci is awarded a score of "10" on every gymnastic exercise in Olympic competition. According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation.
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In the past decade I have developed a keen interest in stress and time management. Mindfulness has always been my primary method for managing stress. But I never successfully figured out how to applied widely in my work day, and especially how it could be integrated with my time management.

This book introduces a terrific framework for doing just that. It shows the ins and outs of applying mindfulness at work, connecting the dots from basic rationale of mindfulness, via science, to the actual application in all sorts of situations at work. How do you really manage your e-mails mindfully? Plan mindfully? etc.

The number of books on the theme of “mindfulness at work” has boomed in the past year. I have ready many of them, and browsed pretty much almost all. To me, this one stands out because it is much more thorough, practical, and well-conceived than anything else I have read. You really get a sense that Rasmus and his co-authors have spent years developing this material in actual work with clients.
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High achievers seeking balance, action addicts keen to de-clutter their minds, busy professionals wanting to develop clarity and calmness to solve complex problems with ease. Last but not least, proud multi-taskers willing to prioritize effectively. These are some of the people who will benefit heaps from this precious book.

The chapters on workplace techniques and mental strategies provide straight forward tips to be applied immediately that have a huge impact not only on productivity and time management but also on relationship with your team, peers and upper management. Enhanced ability to plan and prioritize on the spot are other outcomes you can expect from reading and applying the techniques and mental strategies. The book also includes some gems on how to apply mindfulness to have better meetings, manage your emails and manage conflict.
It also cover the two classic components of authentic mindfulness training: sharp focus and open awareness in a simple and clear manner.

Congratulations to the authors for translating such an ancient and complex practice into basic steps that any non-initiated busy professional can get it and benefit from.

Some of the topics covered in the book:

• Attention Economy
• Multi-tasking myth
• Scientific research, loads of references to books, articles etc
• Real stories from organizations in several industries

Just gold!
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I'm a management consultant and thus lead a fast-paced, high stress life. This book, more than any other book on mindfulness in the work place, has been extremely useful in terms of improving my well-being AND productivity. The book does a great job of exploring three topics: (1) workplace mindfulness techniques (2) mental mindfulness strategies and (3) foundational mindfulness practices. The bulk of the book is in the workplace mindfulness techniques, and they are SO useful. They range from how to mindfully use your email or conduct meetings to how to mindfully prioritize and plan to how to incorporate mindfulness into improving sleep and travel habits. It's great to see how our daily routines can be improved through these mental training exercises the book prescribes. I find it incredibly useful and applicable to my day to day work life in a way that doesn't require much additional time or effort. Highly recommend this book to anyone who is finding that work can be overwhelming!
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