8 questions about Mindfulness in leadership area | interview with Patrick Kozakiewicz – Mindfulness Leader

Hey Patrick, What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the skill or ability to be present, to be living in the here and now, open and aware, with curiosity, non judgmentalness and with a compassionate heart.

Why mindfulness start to be popular?

Three reasons:

– Research and studies. There are now more articles, papers and studies conducted about mindfulness than ever before proving the benefits.

– Case Studies. From businesses to sports, schools to the military, hospitals to governmental institutions: Mindfulness is being implemented with incredible success stories to go along it.

– It works. All people have to do is try it, practice it and you quickly start seeing the benefits and results.

What values/biggest benefits brings mindfulness to the professional environment?

A happier, healthier, more engaged, focused and creativity workforce.

How mindfulness can help to grow in leadership area?

It is really simple. A leader who is more aware is more empowered. They can better manage their thoughts, their emotions, responses and the navigate the environment they are in. The leading characteristics in being successful are awareness, ability to focus and manage thoughts/emotions and this is being mindful.

Mindful leader – what does it mean?

A leader who is present.

What is the most important impact on people and the organization?

Empowerment. While we do not have control over where we are born, who we are born to, how we are raised, the weather, an angry boss, etc. We do have control over our response to it all. We have the power to decide to respond this way or that way. To be happy or sad. Mindfulness brings you this understanding and awareness. This is how you become empowered.

How to start? / What will be the smallest step to start being mindful?

There are formal and informal practice.

Formal practices are usually longer, require time, knowledge of techniques and usually some sort of supervision.

Whereas informal practices are things we can do right here and right now, throughout the day. It is easy, just bring more attention to everything you do. Next time you are eating, focus just on the eating. See the food, smell it, listen to it, touch it and taste it slowly. As if you are eating for the first time. It is easy to bring presence to everything we do, it just takes some practice.

STOP is another really easy technique. Before you enter a meeting, write back an e-mail or do something stressful just STOP.

S – STOP, pause what you are doing, just wait for a second

T – TAKE A FEW BREATHS, just breathe, focus on your breathing, it will help you relax and focus

O – OBSERVE, observe how you are feeling, what is on your mind and the environment around you, with openness and compassion.

P – PROCEED, continue what you are doing.

Any personal advices?

Li La Lo   –   Live, Laugh and Love

Patrick Kozakiewicz: IBM Mindfulness Community Leader Enterprise, Agile & Design Thinking Coach, Cloud Migration Enablement, Uloo.me Co-Founder.

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