How to keep your mindset as sharp as your skillset

Photograph: Conor McCabe

Picture the scene: more than 200 business people sitting in silence at round tables in a large conference room with their eyes closed at 8.30am on a weekday. They are not sleeping, but practising an exercise in mindfulness led by Rasmus Hougaard,the Danish managing director of the Potential Project, an international corporate-based mindfulness training organisation.

The Irish Management Institute (IMI) has invited Hougaard to Dublin to introduce the IMI’s first such training. The techniques are based on ancient Buddhist teachings that have been widely embraced by healthcare practitioners around the world and are finally reaching the business world. But don’t expect an orange-robed teacher, burning candles or incense
sticks: this training is placed firmly in the slick corporate environment, with prices to match.

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