Many are coming to understand the deeper benefits of meditation in all its forms. When it comes to business it’s particularly good to reduce stress, anxiety and regain a sense of control. But it’s also beneficial to being more creatively, innovative and aids the decision-making process.
Today, there are many top executives in business that use meditation to help them stay in control of their busy lives and schedules. Here’s a list of some of those that are finding balance and harmony through meditation:
Marc Benioff: CEO, salesforce.com
Has practised meditation for more than a decade. Is reported to have started meditation whilst he was working at Oracle.
Benefits: reduce stress; maintain clear head
Andrew Cherng: Founder, Panda Express
A firm believer of meditation; employees are encouraged to participate; Cherng has made meditation a part of the business culture at Panda Express. Reported to have halted a business meeting to encourage a stressed store manager to step outside and meditate.
Benefits: reduce stress
Ray Dalio: CEO/founder, Bridgewater Associates
A proponent of transcendental meditation; an important part of the global hedge fund’s culture. Has been meditating for more than 40 years; first inspired by Beatles to meditate; takes a practical approach to meditation rather than ‘spiritual’
Benefits: fundamental to a successful life; created ‘peace, health, creativity and centredness’.
Rick Goings: CEO, Tupperware
Meditates daily to refocus. Usually practices for 20 minutes each afternoon.
Benefits: reduce stress; concentrate better on key tasks; enhance performance; better deal with demands of as a business leader.
Arianna Huffington: President, Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group
Believes meditation not only aids good health but is in the best interests of business too. Has meditated since her teenage years. She believes meditation played a major role in her success.
Benefits: competitive advantage; reduce stress; increase health and happiness; more effective; greater energy in the business.
Joe Rogan: Host, UFC and Joe Rogan Show
A strong proponent of meditation
Benefits: greater focus on his ventures; maintain a clear and calm approach.
Jerry Seinfeld: Comedian/Entertainer
One of the world’s most successful entertainers; believed to be worth over $800 million
Benefits: greater productivity
Russell Simmons: Co-founder, Def Jam Records
Practices transcendental meditation; morning meditation routine helps to create improve productivity throughout the day. He believes meditation is one of the most important factors in his successful career.
Benefits: access ‘inner strength and stillness; connection with his universe.
Bob Shapiro: former CEO, Monsanto; venture capitalist
Started to meditate whilst a student at Harvard. He told Bloomberg, “As a business person, I noticed a number of people I knew pretty well who really picked up on it, people who perhaps had come into it with some degree of scepticism and found the experience useful.”
Nancy Slomowitz: CEO, Executive Management Associates
She introduced transcendental meditation to her employees – and also made a film about it having experienced the benefits of meditation: “The Meditation Makeover: Beads and Incense Not Required”.
Benefits: less stress, greater energy, increased productivity.
Robert Stiller: Founder, Green Mountain Coffee Roaster
Although now retired, he used to bring in meditation instructors at Green Mountain Coffee Roaster to lead meditation sessions with his employees.
Benefits: better focus on tasks and see them through to completion; improved efficiency in meetings; greater happiness which is key to achieving peak performance.
Padmasree Warrior: CTO, Cisco Systems
Meditates each evening and at weekends usually for around 20 minutes; helps to detox from her digital world
Benefits: “almost like a reboot for your brain and your soul”
Jeff Weiner: CEO, LinkedIn
Sets time in his calendar each day to practice meditation.
Benefits: more empathetic; greater compassion; increased productivity.
Oprah Winfrey: CEO Harpo Productions Inc
Practices transcendental meditation twice a day; brought meditation teachers in so staff can learn the practice if they want to.
Benefits: brings stillness; helps to deal with hectic daily schedule; helps her to produce her best work.