Mindful Work Book Summary - Mindful Work Book explained in key points
Listen to the Intro
00:00

Mindful Work summary

David Gelles

How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out

4.2 (91 ratings)
17 mins

Brief summary

Mindful Work by David Gelles is a guide for bringing mindfulness into the workplace. It's a call to action for creating a more compassionate and productive work environment by focusing on the present moment. The book provides useful tips for incorporating mindfulness into daily work life.

Table of Contents

    Mindful Work
    Summary of 8 key ideas

    Audio & text in the Blinkist app
    Key idea 1 of 8

    Mindfulness is already practiced in well-known companies.

    For many people, work hours have become blurred and things like checking business emails outside of office hours have become commonplace. With this change, stress has become a considerable risk, not only to employees, but to companies at large. Shockingly, according to the World Health Organization, stress costs American businesses as much as $300 billion a year.

    To deal with this challenge, more and more companies are catching on to mindfulness. You can think of mindfulness as the easiest form of meditation. Basically, it means paying attention to the present moment and noticing your thoughts without judgment.

    So how does mindfulness relate to work? Simply put, it makes dealing with issues at work easier.

    Mindfulness has many benefits, which we will delve into in the blinks that follow. But what all of these benefits have in common is that they make us more self-aware, train our focus and increase clarity. All of which are valuable qualities to have in the workplace.

    Mindfulness allows you to step back from the problem and observe it so you can deal with it more objectively and reach solutions more easily. For example, working with a colleague who slacks off can make you livid, but being mindful can help you realize the reasons for their behavior. Perhaps they are tired because they have a newborn baby, and talking to them about it can solve the problem.

    As a new generation of companies start to understand the benefits of mindfulness, a mindful work culture is already gaining momentum.

    Even multinational companies have cottoned on. General Mills, for example, was a pioneer in providing mindfulness training during work time. The training was initiated by Janice Marturano, who began practicing mindfulness after dealing with personal and professional stress. Soon, hundreds of General Mills employees were participating, and now all of the firm’s buildings have meditation rooms.

    Want to see all full key ideas from Mindful Work?

    Key ideas in Mindful Work

    More knowledge in less time
    Read or listen
    Read or listen
    Get the key ideas from nonfiction bestsellers in minutes, not hours.
    Find your next read
    Find your next read
    Get book lists curated by experts and personalized recommendations.
    Shortcasts
    Shortcasts New
    We’ve teamed up with podcast creators to bring you key insights from podcasts.

    What is Mindful Work about?

    Mindful Work (2015) provides an introduction to why and how mindfulness is practiced in the West today, on an individual, as well as professional level. Using examples from well-known companies, it explains the benefits that mindfulness can offer you, the people around you and the environment.

    Mindful Work Review

    Mindful Work (2015) by David Gelles is a fascinating exploration of the benefits of mindfulness in the workplace. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Through compelling stories and research, it reveals how mindfulness can enhance focus, productivity, and overall well-being in professional settings.
    • Gelles skillfully presents a balanced perspective by offering insights from corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and mindfulness teachers, making the book relatable to a variety of readers.
    • With its practical tips and exercises, the book empowers readers to incorporate mindfulness into their daily work routines, leading to greater satisfaction and success.

    Best quote from Mindful Work

    Mindfulness, put simply, is the ability to see whats going on in our heads, without getting carried away with it.

    —David Gelles
    example alt text

    Who should read Mindful Work?

    • Anyone working in a stressful environment
    • Executives who want to be better leaders and establish a more compassionate company culture
    • Anyone seeking more focus, emotional strength and kindness for themselves and others

    About the Author

     

    David Gelles has been practicing mindfulness for over 15 years since learning about the technique in India. He has also written on mindfulness for the New York Times, Financial Times and Forbes.

    Categories with Mindful Work

    Book summaries like Mindful Work

    People ❤️ Blinkist 
    Sven O.

    It's highly addictive to get core insights on personally relevant topics without repetition or triviality. Added to that the apps ability to suggest kindred interests opens up a foundation of knowledge.

    Thi Viet Quynh N.

    Great app. Good selection of book summaries you can read or listen to while commuting. Instead of scrolling through your social media news feed, this is a much better way to spend your spare time in my opinion.

    Jonathan A.

    Life changing. The concept of being able to grasp a book's main point in such a short time truly opens multiple opportunities to grow every area of your life at a faster rate.

    Renee D.

    Great app. Addicting. Perfect for wait times, morning coffee, evening before bed. Extremely well written, thorough, easy to use.

    People also liked these summaries

    4.7 Stars
    Average ratings on iOS and Google Play
    30 Million
    Downloads on all platforms
    10+ years
    Experience igniting personal growth
    Powerful ideas from top nonfiction

    Try Blinkist to get the key ideas from 7,000+ bestselling nonfiction titles and podcasts. Listen or read in just 15 minutes.

    Start your free trial

    Mindful Work FAQs 

    What is the main message of Mindful Work?

    The main message of Mindful Work is the power of practicing mindfulness in the workplace.

    How long does it take to read Mindful Work?

    The reading time for Mindful Work varies. However, the Blinkist summary can be read in just 15 minutes.

    Is Mindful Work a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Mindful Work is a must-read for anyone looking to improve their work-life balance and enhance their productivity.

    Who is the author of Mindful Work?

    The author of Mindful Work is David Gelles.