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Pandit Dasa is a Mindful Leadership Expert. He has spoken on Mindful Leadership and conducted workshops at Google, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, State Farm, Bank of America, Nationwide, Intel, Novartis, The World Bank, UBS, Royal Bank of Canada, UNICEF, Bank of Montreal, Harvard, Columbia University, and many other institutions. He has also presented at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the national SHRM convention, SHRM Arkansas, Oracle HCM conference, LEAD2017 and the WorkHuman Conferences.
At these workshops, Pandit presents the research on Mindfulness and explains the importance of leading by example, appreciation, communicating mindfully and managing one’s emotions. He also engages the audiences in various breathing and focusing exercises that individuals will be able to implement at work and at home. Through these workshops, Pandit helps individuals develop positive leadership qualities, lower stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and boost emotional intelligence.
Pandit has spoken at a TEDx conference and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, Psychology Today and writes for The Huffington Post. In his book, Urban Monk, Pandit writes about the turning point in his life that came after his family lost their multimillion-dollar business, which ultimately led him to living as a monk for 15 years in New York City. He uses his training and experiences to help corporate and student audiences manage stress and develop a work-life balance.
Principles of Mindful Leadership
This speech will present the scientific research on Mindfulness and how it can be used to create more effective, thoughtful and productive leaders. This presentation is inspired by Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The audience will be encouraged to reflect on how they can become more inspiring and mindful leaders. It will address the importance of creating an environment where ego battles aren’t driving the company down and where individuals are willing to put aside their own self-interest for the sake of the greater good. It encourages an environment where individuals are willing to appreciate the contributions of their co-workers instead of feeling threatened by them. A mindful leader is one who is able to provide constructive feedback that is balanced with a healthy dose of appreciation.
A few of the traditional and non-traditional qualities that will be explored are:
This talk will present the scientific research on Mindfulness and how it can be used by companies to create a more positive work environment. Participants will also learn mindfulness breathing and focusing techniques that can be used at work and at home.
Stress Management for Work-Life Balance
Workplace stress is costing businesses over $300 billions of dollars and is leading to absenteeism, turnover and increased healthcare costs. Mindfulness is being employed by companies such as Google, General Mills, Aetna, Novartis and many others because the research is showing it can reduce stress, anxiety, depression and can improve focus, productivity, and emotional intelligence. This talk will present the scientific research on Mindfulness and how it can be used by companies to create a more positive work environment. Participants will also learn mindfulness breathing, focusing and visualization techniques that can be used at work and at home. The audience will also be guided through appreciation and gratitude meditations.
Additional Items essential to stress management and work-life balance that will be discussed are:
Keys to Unlocking and Unleashing the Power of Your Mind
The mind can become our best friend or our worst enemy. It controls our emotional and physical health and thus impacts all aspects of our social and professional interactions. The mind is the cause of our fears, insecurities, and anxieties. An undernourished mind magnifies problems and challenges we encounter and leads us into negative thought processes. By strengthening the muscle of the mind and nourishing its needs, we can see the potential for growth during difficulties and setbacks and develop the self-confidence we need to accomplish our personal and career goals.
Pandit Dasa will share his journey from being a millionaire in Los Angeles to spending 15 years in monasteries, in New York and India, with little to no money or possessions. He will inspire us with eye-opening insights into the nature of the mind and how we can unlock the power of the mind to help us overcome many of life’s obstacles.
Mindfulness and Stress-Management for College-Life Balance
Managing schoolwork, relationships, career, and finances can turn into a real balancing act. It can lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 30 percent of college students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function.” This workshop will present a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices that will help students deal with the challenges that come with college life. Harvard and MIT studies have revealed that meditation can improve one’s memory, focus, productivity and enable us to cope with challenging situations. Forbes states “Meditation Might Rival Medication.” The studies also show that it can reduce stress and anxiety. In this session, we will present the different research on the benefits of mindfulness and teach the breathing and focusing techniques that are recommended by the studies. These engaging practices can nourish the mind which will lead to improved health, greater productivity, and better relationships.
Mindful Approach to Teambuilding
Trust is a foundational principle for successful teams. When team members trust each other, they are not worried about an individual looking after his or her personal interests. There is a mutual appreciation and recognition of each other’s’ contributions. Each individual is inspired to give more for the team’s success. Honest and mindful communication helps create this atmosphere and allows everyone to stay informed with no one kept in the dark – office cliques and politics are not tolerated. Mindfulness practices can help team members empathize with each other and build strong bonds.
This presentation will explore how to strengthen trust within teams and will guide individuals through mindfulness practices that can improve cooperation and empathy.
Communicating with Compassion
How does it feel when you receive an email or text message that wasn’t very thoughtful or compassionate? Communicating with compassion can build trust and positive relationships while rushed or reactive communication can have a completely opposite impact. While working in teams, it is natural for disagreements and conflicts to arise and these are the times when it’s crucial to be able to manage our emotions so we don’t act out of anger and frustration. This workshop will discuss the four keys to thoughtful and productive communication. It will help us to understand the value of learning to listen with an open mind and demonstrate how mindfulness practices can build our emotional intelligence which will help us sympathize with another’s perspective.